Walter Fairbairn Davidson1,2,3

(8 June 1877 - 20 October 1920)
FatherWalter Davidson2,3 (Nov 1848 - Oct 1881)
MotherJessie McIntyre (cir. 1854 - Dec 1915)
Relationship1st cousin 2 times removed of Lorna Henderson
John & Walter DAVIDSON c 1886

BMDB data

     Walter Fairbairn Davidson was born on 8 Jun 1877 Chirnside, BEW, SCT.3,2
     Walter Fairbairn Davidson married Amy Florence Pope, daughter of George Pope and Isabella Gillespie, on 20 Mar 1901 Kenlis, SAS, CAN, Minister JA Haw, Wit: Amy's sister Alberta Pope and John L Fleming.2
     Walter Fairbairn Davidson died on 20 Oct 1920 McIntyre St (1816), Regina, SAS, CAN, at age 43; at 12pm.2 He was buried with Amy Davidson and Robert McIntyre Davidson Regina Cem, Regina, SAS, CAN, (Robert is Walter's brother, note that the h/stone erroneously shows Robert's birth date as 1886.)4


     Walter Fairbairn Davidson immigrated from Glasgow, 28 Mar 1890, sailing via Derry. on the SS Siberian arriving 10 Apr 1890 Halifax,NS,CAN Quarriers having transported them as "Home Children". Passenger list shows John, 17; Walter 12; Robert 8, all destined for Brockville.2,5

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     John and Walter appeared on the census of 3 Apr 1881 Road (off Kirkgate), Chirnside, BEW, SCT, in the household of Walter and Jessie Davidson as children of Walter.3
     The siblings, Walter Fairbairn Davidson, lived with their mother Jessie Davidson cir. 1887 Glasgow, LKS, SCT; having moved to be nearer her family after her husband, Walter, died.2 Walter Fairbairn Davidson was with the Joynt family (neighbours of the Morrison family where his elder brother John was placed) fr Apr 1890 - 1895 Bastard & Burgess Twp, Leeds Co., ONT, CAN.6 Aft. 1895 Walter Fairbairn Davidson was living nr Gananoque, ONT, CAN, before his 18th birthday or at the end of his indenture, with the Bracken family, close neighbours of his future wife's family. (The home children's indenture ended on their 18th birthday.)4 By 1900 Walter Fairbairn Davidson was living with Isabella Gillespie Indian Head, NWT (now SAS), CAN, having moved west as a family. The "family" consisted of Amy, her mother (Isabella Gillespie Pope), her sister (Alberta), her brother (James) and her future husband Walter.4
     Walter appeared on the census of 1901 with Amy Davidson Fort Qu'Appelle, Assinobia East, NWT, CAN, enumerated as DAVIDSON: Walter 25 lodger b Scotland Jun 6 1876, emig. 1890 ?labourer?; Amy domestic 26 b ONT Aug 23 1875, the head of the hsehold being a 30 yr old Robt Jackson, single farmer b Ireland, emig. 1884.7,4 He was an Indian Agent on the reservations bef. 1904 Indian Head, NWT (now SAS).4
     The census of 1906 showed Walter with his wife Amy, their son Hubert, their dtr Isabella Qu'Appelle, NWT, CAN, household enumerated as DAVIDSON: Walter F 29; Amy F 31 both b Scotland; Children: Hubert F 4; Isabella B 2 (and 2 horses 2 milch cows.)8
     Walter and Amy Davidson were not found in the census of 1911 CAN (the index certainly didn't want me to find them under any search conditions I could think of.)9 Fr 1912 - 1920 Walter and Amy Davidson were living McIntyre St (1816), Regina, SAS, CAN.4,10 In Jan 1916 Walter Fairbairn Davidson was living Regina, SAS, as this was given as the next-of-kin address on his brother Robert's attestation papers.10 Other occupations Walter held were an engineer with the Regina Hospial (read custodian), and a postman Regina, SAS, CAN.4


     In Jan 1916 Walter Fairbairn Davidson was named as next of kin for Robert McIntyre Davidson.4,10

All the other info

     Walter was aged 4 when his father Walter Davidson died on 27 Oct 1881.2 Cir. 1887 Jessie turned her 3 sons over to Quarriers, having been unable to find work. Jessie was given work as a cook in one of the children's homes and the boys were sent to care, John to learn a trade, Robert and Walter to an infirmary because they both had whooping cough. Jessie's sister accompanied her when she signed over the boys and the sister strongly objected to the boys being sent to Canada.11

External links

     Walter Fairbairn Davidson belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.


Amy Florence Pope (Aug 1870 - Jan 1957)
  • Hubert Fairbairn Davidson4 (Jun 1902 - May 1961)
  • Isabella Beryl Davidson4 (Apr 1904 - May 1977)
  • Howard James Davidson4 (Jan 1907 - Apr 1983)
  • Harold McIntyre Davidson2 (Sep 1908 - May 1998)
Last Edited3 Apr 2016


  1. 2nd forename from Shirley.
  2. Shirley Heaton (36523), "EM DAVIDSON/McINTYRE ex Shirley H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, rcvd Dec 2003.
  3. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224029 GRO Ref Volume 730 EnumDist 2 Page 12, rechecked Dec 2003.
  4. Shirley Heaton (36523), "EM DAVIDSON/McINTYRE ex Shirley H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, rcvd Jan 2004.
  5. Misc. web searches and corres. re DAVIDSON Home Children, searched Jan 2004.
  6. C'Wealth War Graves online at, DAVIDSON dths, searched Jan 2004.
  7. Census, CAN, 1901 Dist TT Assinobia East #203, Fort Qu'appelle N(1) Pg 8 Sched 1 M'film T-6552 hsehold 66, Robt JACKSON, copy d/loaded Feb 2006.
  8. Census, CAN, 1906 Dist SK Qu'appelle #15 Sub dist 38,45,42, Pg 10 M'film T-18363 hsehold 32, Walter & Amy DAVIDSON, copy d/loaded Feb 2006.
  9. Census image, Canada, via, 1911, searched Feb 2006.
  10. Misc. web searches and corres. re DAVIDSON WWI attestation papers online, Robert McIntyre DAVIDSON, searched Jan 2004.
  11. Shirley Heaton (36523), "EM DAVIDSON/McINTYRE ex Shirley H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, rcvd Dec 2003 (extracted from Quarriers records).

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.