Aberdeenshire Raitts

I will soon be adding quite a lot about the Raitts from Aberdeen, but in the meatime I came across the following family!


John Raitt emigrated to the United States in 1908 and will be found under Wyoming on the American Raitts page. However, it appears he was from Aberdeen and thus his early days there are traced here.

His departure record from Glasgow notes that he was 21, a shepherd, born in Aberdeen and that his

nearest relative was Peter Raitt of Powford, Forbes. Peter Raitt was born on 7 October 1863 in Monymusk, Aberdeenshire to George Raitt and Elizabeth Watt, who married in Monymusk on 7 February 1862. The couple had six children born in Monymusk between 1861 and 1874: George, born 14 October 1861; Peter, born 7 October 1863; Jane, born 8 January 1867; John, born 2 December 1868; Elizabeth Still, born 12 August 1871; and Elspet Cruikshank, born 1 June 1874.


Peter Raitt married Margaret Christie about 1885 in Monymusk and they had five children: George, about 1886; John, about 1888; Peter, about 1890; James, 17 March 1891; Margaret, about 1894; and Mary, about 1900 - all born in Keig.


Peter's father George Raitt was born on 9 June 1841 in Old Machar, Aberdeenshire to James Raitt and Christian Crighton. They married on 12 June 1832 in New Machar, Aberdeenshire and had several other children besides George - all born in Old Machar: William, about 1833; James, born 24 March 1835; John Monro, 26 February 1837; Alexander, 3 March 1843; Robert, 15 June 1844; and Jane, 6 November 1849. (The surname was spelled Rait for some of them).


In the 1901 census for Powford, Auchindoir, Aberdeenshire we have John Raitt, 13, agricultural labourer, born Kieg, Aberdeenshire, in the household of his father Peter Raitt, 39, forester and crofter, born Monymusk, Aberdeenshire; mother Margaret, 34, born Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire; and siblings James, 10; Margaret E., 7; and Mary D., 1 - all born Kieg.


In the 1891 census for Glenton, Keig, Aberdeenshire, John Raitt, is 3, born Keig, Aberdeenshire, living with his parents Peter Raitt, 27, agricultural labourer, born Monymusk, Aberdeenshire; and Margaret, 24, born Aberdeenshire; and brothers George, 5, born Monymusk; Peter, 1; and James, under 1 month - both born in Keig.


In the 1881 census for Overton Farm, Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, we find Peter Rait, 17, agricultural labourer, born Monymusk. The farm is run by John Christie, 50, farmer of 86 acres of which 74 arable, employing one man. In the household, besides John's wife (Margaret Smith) and six other children, there is also Maggie Christie, 14, doing domestic work, born Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire. This is Peter's future wife.


In the 1871 census, Peter Raitt, 7, scholar, born Monymusk is living at Pitmunie, Monymusk in the household of his unmarried uncle George Watt, 48, born Monymusk, farmer of 80 acres, employing three labourers; his father George Raitt, 28, agricultural labourer, born Old Machar, Aberdeenshire; mother Elizabeth Watt, born Monymusk (sister to George Watt); and his siblings: George, 9; Jane, 4; and John, 2. Also in the household is the mother of George Watt, Elizabeth Steel Watt, 80, widow, born Fyvie, Aberdeenshire; and his brother Peter, 54, unmarried, labourer, born Monymusk.


In the 1861 census for Clown Hill, Ellon Turnpike, Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, there is Christina Crichton or Raitt, 56, married, shepherd's wife; born Methlick, Aberdeenshire; son George, 19, shepherd's son living at home, born Old Machar; and daughter Jane, 12, living at home, born Old Machar. Presumably husband/father was tending his flock in the hills.


In the 1851 census for Springfield, Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, we find James Raitt, 38, labourer; wife Christina Crighton, 45; sons James, 16, labourer; George, 8, scholar; Alexander; 7, scholar; Robert, 5, scholar; and daughter Jean, 2 - everyone born Old Machar.


In the 1841 census for How of Mindurno, Parkhill East, Old Machar, Aberdeenshire we have James Rait, 25; Christina Rait, 30; William Rait, 8; James Rait, 7; John Rait, 4; and Jean Marr, 2.