Pirie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pirie family

The surname Pirie was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Pirie family

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Pirie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pirie, Pirry, Pire and others.

Early Notables of the Pirie family (pre 1700)

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United States Pirie migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pirie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Pirie, aged 27, who landed in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • Margaret A. Pirie, aged 70, who landed in America, in 1897
Pirie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Christina Pirie, aged 24, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Lily Pirie, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Pirie, aged 27, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Alexander Pirie, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Alexander Pirie, aged 66, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Pirie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pirie Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Henry Pirie, aged 49, who settled in Dundas, Ontario Canada, in 1914
  • Margaret Pirie, aged 51, who settled in Hamilton, Canada, in 1914
  • Charles G. Pirie, aged 13, who settled in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, in 1919
  • Charles Pirie, aged 46, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1923
  • Ethel Pirie, aged 49, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1924

Australia Pirie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pirie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Pirie, a cooper, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Miss Margaret Pirie, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years , transported aboard the "Aurora" on 22nd April 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Pirie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pirie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Margaret Pirie, (b. 1825), aged 34, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [3]
  • Miss Ada Pirie, (b. 1853), aged 6, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [3]
  • Mr. William Pirie, (b. 1855), aged 4, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [3]
  • Mr. William Pirie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pirie (post 1700) +

  • James Moir Pirie (1853-1934), American Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Robert B Pirie (1905-1990), Vice Admiral in the United States Navy
  • William Pirie (1807-1882), Scottish surgeon, the son of George Pirrie, a farmer, born near Huntly, Aberdeenshire
  • William Robinson Pirie (1804-1885), Scottish professor of divinity and principal of the University of Aberdeen
  • Alexander Pirie (1737-1804), Scottish divine and teacher in philosophy in the divinity school at Abernethy
  • Duncan Vernon Pirie (1858-1931), Scottish Liberal politician
  • Jacqueline Pirie (b. 1975), Scottish actress
  • Peter J. Pirie (1916-1997), English musicologist and critic prominent in the music journalism of the mid-twentieth century
  • George Clark Pirie (1896-1980), British senior commander in the Royal Air Force
  • Julia Pirie (1918-2008), British spy
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Sadie  Pirie (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [5]
  • Ms. Laura Pirie (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [5]
  • Mr. Walter  Pirie (1902-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [5]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Roger P. Pirie, British Midshipman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [6]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Robinson Pirie, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on a box then a collapsible [7]
  • Mrs. Annie Pirie, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Lynn, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]
  • Miss Margaret Pirie, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Lynn, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]
  • Master Arthur Pirie, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Lynn, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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