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Captain George Deuchars

Captain George Deuchars, "one of the most admired masters in the whaling industry," was master of several ships throughout his career. He was forced into an early retiral at the age of 40 due to paralysis.

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Personal details and history

Full name

George Deuchars

Date of birth


Place of birth




Marital status


Name of spouse

Ann Laurie[2]


George b 12-09-1859;[3] Jane Anne b 12-01-1866;[4]

Home address

Douglas Terrace
Broughty Ferry

Age at death:

41 years

Place of death:

Cuthlie, Arbirlot[5][6]

Date of death:



St Aidens Churchyard, Broughty Ferry[7]

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation


Political affiliation


Clubs / societies

None known

Public offices

None known

Related subscribers

Subscriber no.88 – Messrs Gilroy Brothers & Co. owned the whaling ship ‘Alexander’ that was Deuchars’ last command.

Career and worklife


Ship's Captain



Place of work

At Sea

Work address

Gilroy Brothers, Dundee[8]

Career to date:

Captain George Deuchars was master of several whaling ships which sailed from Dundee, including the the 'Princess Charlotte'; the 'Alexander II' and the 'Narhwal.'[8] His father George was also a master of several of the Dundee whaling fleet. George Deuchars was forced into an early retiral after suffering from paralysis and died at the age of 41.

More information

The Deuchars are described as one of the most prolific whaling dynasties in Dundee with at least five whaling masters of that surname in nineteenth century Dundee, from Alexander b. 1808 to William b. 1849.[8]

Captain George Deuchars was the son of George Deuchars, Ship’s Captain, Merchant Service and  Jean Lawson.[1]. He married Ann Laurie, 12 December 1850[2] and had two children.

He was master of many ships, the final one being the screw whaler the Alexander, owned by Gilroy Brothers and Co. The Alexander was launched in February 1864[9]and left for its first voyage in March of the same year.[10] As a result of his illness, George Deuchars was forced to return early in October of the same year.[6]






  1. Old Parish Record. Dundee. Birth. 16 July 1824. 282/150 227. ScotlandsPeople website.
  2. Old Parish Record. Monifieth. Marriage. 12 December 1850. 310/60. ScotlandsPeople website.
  3. Statutory Register. Monifieth. Birth. 12 September 1859. 310/136. ScotlandsPeople website.
  4. Scotland Select Births and Baptisms, 1564- -1950. Ancestry website.
  5. Statutory Register. Arbirlot. Death. 8 September 1865. 271/10. ScotlandsPeople website.
  6. Dundee Courier, 9 September 1865, p.2. British Newspaper Archive website.
  7. Find A Grave index.  Ancestry website.
  8. Archibald, Malcolm. (2013) The Dundee Whaling Fleet , Ships, Masters and Men. p.216, Dundee: Dundee University Press.
  9. Dundee, Perth, and Cupar Advertiser, Friday, 26 February 1864, p.2.   British Newspaper Archive website.
  10. Dundee, Perth, and Cupar Advertiser, Friday, 25 March 1864, p.2. British Newspaper Archive website.

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