James Smith1,2,3

(28 July 1864 - before 1908)
FatherWalter Smith3 (cir. 1830 - aft. 1896)
MotherMargaret Larnach3 (cir. 1827 - aft. 1896)

BMDB data

     James Smith was born on 28 Jul 1864 Canisbay, CAI, SCT, exact date from igi: James, s/o Walter Smith and Margaret Larnach.4,3,5
     James Smith married Julia Isabella Taylor, daughter of Donald Taylor and Margaret Campbell, on 12 Aug 1896 Sibster, Par. of Halkirk, CAI, SCT, Dist. 037/A #11 cert reads: James Smith, Public School Teacher, single, 31, living Albert Sq, Kirkwall (OKI), s/o Walter Smith, farmer and Margaret m.s. Larnach (transcr. as Lavnach?, I've assumed Larnach) mar. (after banns of the Free Ch of Scotland) Julia Isabella Taylor, farmer's dtr, 21, single, living Libster (sic, assumed to be a mistranscription of Sibster) Par. of Halkirk, dtr of Donald Taylor, farmer and Margaret m.s. Campbell. Wit: Alexander Taylor (assumed to be Julia's brother) and Julia Henderson.3,2
     James Smith died bef. 1908 ?Thurso, CAI, SCT.6

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     James Smith appeared on the census of 3 Apr 1881 Canisbay, CAI, SCT, in the house of Walter and Margaret Smith, as the son of Walter.4 In Aug 1896 James Smith was a "Public School Teacher" of Albert Sq, Kirkwall, OKI, SCT.3

All the other info

     James Smith and Julia Henderson were possibly related as Julia was a witness at the marriage of James and Julia (Taylor) Smith. Given the bride's brother was one witness, this Julia is probably related to the groom.3


Julia Isabella Taylor (Aug 1874 - aft. 1909)
  • Jessie Smith2 (aft. 1897 - )
  • Effie Smith2 (aft. 1898 - )
  • Willie Smith2 (aft. 1899 - )
  • Don Smith2 (aft. 1900 - Feb 1963)
  • Isabel Smith2 (aft. 1901 - )
  • Julia Smith2 (aft. 1902 - )
Last Edited2 Jan 2005


  1. (forename from mar. cert.)
  2. Letter, Alastair CORMACK to L McIntosh, Sep - Nov 1999.
  3. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Mar. cert 1896 James SMITH & Julia TAYLOR, trans. Stuart H Jul 2003.
  4. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0203400 GRO Ref Volume 035 EnumDist 8 Page 1, extracted Jul 2003.
  5. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch C110351 SMITH births, extracted Jul 2003.
  6. Letter, Robert B to Lorna Henderson, Mar. cert Julia SMITH nee TAYLOR and Donald PATERSON, transcr. rcvd Dec 2004.

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.