John Bain1

(circa November 1832 - 23 April 1909)
FatherDonald Bain2,3 (Dec 1806 - Mar 1892)
MotherMargaret Taylor2,3 (cir. Feb 1802 - Dec 1861)
Relationship2nd great-grandfather of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     John Bain was born cir. Nov 1832 Gerston, Par. of Halkirk, CAI, SCT.2,3 He was baptized on 11 Nov 1832 Halkirk, Par. of Halkirk, CAI, SCT; entry reads: Bain, John, lawful son of Donald Bain and Margaret Taylor at Gerston was baptised 11th Nov 1832. there and John Bain in Clayock witnesses (assumed to be mother's sister-in-law and father's brother respectively.)2
     John Bain married Sinclair Manson, daughter of Donald Manson and Isabella Sinclair MacAdie, on 24 Nov 1854 Pres. Ch, Wick, CAI, SCT, death cert says Watton, CAI; IGI says Wick, CAI, SCT.4
     John Bain died on 23 Apr 1909 Benevolent (now Fulton Home), Caversham, Dunedin, OTG, NZ; Atheroma, senile dementia, exhaustion.5 He was buried on 24 Apr 1909 Southern Cem., Dunedin, OTG, NZ.5


     John Bain and Sinclair Bain immigrated Dunedin, OTG, NZ, arriving 1875; On the same voyage of the "Invercargill" were Sinclair's brother George and his family.6

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     John Bain appeared on the census of 7 Jun 1841 Sibster, Par. of Halkirk, CAI, SCT, in the household of Donald Bain and Margaret Bain and is assumed to be a son.7,8
     John Bain appeared on the census of 1851 Noss, Par. of Wick, CAI, SCT, enumerated as an 18 yr old farm servant in the hsehold of farmer Andrew & Hellen Keit (as indexed by ancestry) or Keir (as transcr. on FreeCen). Another farm servant (one of many) in the same hsehold is a Donald Bain, 21 b Watten, not a known relation. Given that I have no idea how John and Sinclair met, perhaps Donald Bain of Watten is their cupid? On this completely circumstantial evidence, I have therefore assumed that the correct 1851 John is the one at Noss, where he was to be found in a later census.
However I should point out that there is at least one other good possibily for John in this census. The other candidate is a 22 yr old farm servant b. Halkirk, at Buckies, Thurso listed as head of a hsehold of farm servants, previous entry Elizabeth McLeod, following entry the farm manager John & Margaret Paul.9
     John Bain was shown as the head of the household in the census of 7 Apr 1861 Gallowhill, Wick, CAI, SCT, with Sinclair enumerated as BAIN: John 28 ploughman b Halkirk; Sinclair 33 b Watten; Children: Donald 6, Isabella 4, Margaret 2, Jemima 1mth, all b Wick.10,11
     The census of 7 Apr 1871 showed John with his wife Sinclair, their dtrs Isabella and Jamesina Gallowhill, Hill of Noss, Wick Landward, CAI, SCT, household enumerated as BAIN: John 38 farm servant b Halkirk; wife Sinclair 43 b Watten; Children: Isabella 13, Jamesina 10, John 7 all b Wick; (dtr Margaret & son Donald, a 16 yr old farm servant, were at Gersay with their uncle James and grandmother Isabella Manson.)12,13 By 1896 John was living Argyle St, Mornington, Dunedin, OTG, NZ, but probabaly from a lot earlier, and was still there in 1901.


     John Bain Mornington, Dunedin, OTG, NZ, wrote a will on 25 Sep 1906 dividing his estate amongst his children Donald, Isabella, Jamesina and John
John BAIN, labourer of Mornington near Dunedin; all furniture & chattels belonging to him in his house at his death to daughter Jamesina Bain WARES; All money at Savings Banks to daughter-in-law Margaret BAIN wife of John BAIN of Oamaru blacksmith except Five pounds to Elizabeth BAIN wife of my son Donald BAIN. Everything else to Trustees for his four children: Donald BAIN of Mornington near Dunedin carpenter; Isabella Bain DAVIDSON wife of Adam DAVIDSON of Woodhaugh near Dunedin, miller; Jamesina Bain WARES wife of John WARES of Timaru New Zealand Dredgehand and John BAIN the younger of Oamaru New Zealand blacksmith; in equal shares and proportions; Trustee appointed John WILKINSON Solicitor.14 His estate was probated on 4 May 1909 Dunedin, OTG, NZ; indexed as John BAIN, labourer, died 23 Apr 1909, will, prob. ref #493 filed Dn, held Dn Arch.
Probate file includes affidavit from John Wilkinson that John died 23 Apr 1909, being present at his funeral. Estate under £250.14,15

All the other info

     John outlived his wife Sinclair Bain who died on 26 Jun 1893.16

External links

     Click here to see John's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.17


Sinclair Manson (Jan 1828 - Jun 1893)
  • Donald Bain18 (Dec 1854 - Jul 1918)
  • Isabella Bain1 (Jul 1857 - Oct 1915)
  • Margaret Bain19 (Apr 1859 - Apr 1893)
  • Jamesina Bain12 (Mar 1861 - Aug 1935)
  • John Bain12 (Aug 1863 - May 1928)
ChartsDescendants of my direct McADIE line
My pedigree chart
Ancestors & siblings of Les Henderson
Paternal ancestors of Lorna
Paternal timeline

My Caithness ancestors

Last Edited9 Jan 2020


  1. BDM: NZ Certificates, Dth 10? Oct 1915 Isabella DAVIDSON nee BAIN, Inspection copy, very faint, held, rcvd Aug 1993, scanned Aug 2008.
  2. Births christenings marriages: Halkirk, CAI, SCT, Bap. 1832 John BAIN, transcr. Sep/Oct 1994.
  3. BAIN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Halkirk births to Donald BAIN and Margaret TAYLOR, patron submission, batch 7208139 sheet 45, extracted 1993 (NB gives baptism date as birth date).
  4. BAIN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 24 Nov 1854 John BAIN & Sinclair MANSON, batch M110434, Wick, CAI, extracted c 1993.
  5. John BAIN, DC John BAIN.
  6. BAIN family "Invercargill", Emigration, 1875 National Archives, Wgtn NZ.
  7. Letter, Robert B to Lorna Henderson, From 1841 Census Dec 2002.
  8. 1841 Census, CAI, SCT, Halkirk Dist 6 p4 ex Mellor films, extracted Sep 1994.
  9. 1851 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, via, Noss, Wick, CAI Reg 43 ED 2A Pg 16 Sched 61, hsehold of Andrew & Hellen KEIT or KEIR, extracted Aug 2008.
  10. Letter, Carole MELLOR to Lorna Henderson, 1861 census, rcvd c 1994.
  11. 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Wick, CAI Reg. 43/2 ED 1 Sched 124, hsehold of John & Sinclair BAIN, rechecked Aug 2008.
  12. Letter, Carole MELLOR to Lorna Henderson, 1871 census, rcvd c 1994.
  13. 1871 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Gallowhill, Hill of Noss, Wick, CAI Reg. 43/1 ED 1 Sched 18, hsehold of John & Sinclair BAIN, rechecked Aug 2008.
  14. NZ Archives: Probate Files , Will 25 Sep 1906 John BAIN, from Probate, 1909 #493, image 185 of 515, extracted Jan 2020.
  15. Assorted indexes, NZ Soc. Gen. Index, Probate index.
  16. Sinclair BAIN nee MANSON, DC BAIN, Sinclair 1893.
  17. WikiTree online at, Oct 2011.
  18. BDM: NZ Certificates, Dth 2 Jul 1918 Donald BAIN, folio 2573, Dunedin, inspection copy rcvd Noc 1993, scanned Aug 2008.
  19. BDM: NZ Certificates, Dth 15 Apr 1893 Margaret HENDERSON nee BAIN, folio 1049, Gimmerburn, inspection copy rcvd Oct 1993, scanned Aug 2008.

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.