Family stories I'd long considered false now point to a possible true story. My mother's mother was living in Glasgow in 1912, she supposedly was engaged to a young man, they were to both sail on the Titanic, but he went alone, died upon the sinking and she came to New York a few years later, met and married my Grandfather. I now have a picture of this man, who signed his name only 'Alex' on the picture. My aunt is searching for a postcard she has tucked away that was also from him, I'd like to see the Postmark and if he signed with his full name. There is a possibility it is Alexander Cairns. He was 4 years older than my Grandmother [Agnes], and if he was born in Perthshire, then he stands a good chance of being William Milne Cairns, born 19 April, 1883 in Kinfauns, Perthshire to William Cairns, Forester & Margaret Cairns, ms Milne. This is the only birth of an Alexander Cairns anywhere in Perthshire between 1881 and 1887. I've searched for a death of an Alexander Cairns born between 1882 and 1886 but not found a suitable candidate in Scotland. Where would death documents be filed for the passengers who died ? Even those whose bodies were never recovered had to have some kind of death Registrations.
Have just returned from Titanic Exhibition at O2. Fascinating !! Noticed on 'lost list' Alexander Cairns. My late husbands father was Albert Edward Alexander Cairns, and his father was 'Stokoe' Cairns. He worked at the shipyard and collapsed in the queue for his pay. Had a few wives at the same time by all accounts and a bit of a black sheep. Does anyone know the name ? Many thanks. Janice Cairns.
He (Alexander Milne Cairns) was my great uncle and was lost on the Titanic, no body being recovered or identified. He was one of 12 children, including my grandmother, of William Cairns and Margaret Milne. They received 4 shillings per week from the Mansion House Titanic Relief fund. He was working as a butler in London in the 1911 census