Mr David Bain was born in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland on 27 September 1859. He was the son of Joseph Bain and Elizabeth Running.
He was married in Whitehaven, Cumberland, England in 1880 to Jane Ellen Whitelock (b. 1858), a dressmaker. Their only child, a son named Thomas Turner (b. 1880), had been born just shortly before their marriage. The 1881 and 1891 censuses show the small family living at 8 Marlboro Street, Whitehaven and on both occasions, Bain was described as a seaman.
During the early 1890s he enlisted with the Royal Naval Reserve but by the close of that decade he was a stoker in the merchant service, alternating his birthplace as Dalry and Whitehaven aboard numerous voyages.
Bain’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Craigsman. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
What became of David Bain in later years is uncertain.