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Charles Leonard Kirkland

Charles Leonard Kirkland
Charles Leonard Kirkland

Reverend Charles Leonard Kirkland was born in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada in March 1841.

During the 1870s, after a career as a carpenter, Kirkland became an evangelical baptist minister.

He married in Miramichi in 1864 to Rachel Peters Warman. She died on 6 September 1896.

On 30 April 1898 he remarried to divorcee Nellie I. Wheeler Carvell.

He had been in Scotland on family business and was now travelling to visit his sister in Tuxford, Saskatchewan. He accompanied Frank H. Maybery and travelled as a second class passenger.

Kirkland died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.

For further details see the article Searching for Kirkland.

Research Articles

Robert L. Bracken Voyage (2006) Searching for Kirkland
The story of Titanic’s least-known clergyman.

Documents and Certificates

(1912) Contract Ticket List, White Star Line (Southampton, Queenstown), National Archives, London; BT27/776,780
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53
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  1. Mac Smith

    Mac Smith

    In "Titanic: The Canadian Story," Alan Hustak references Rev. Charles Leonard Kirkland, who was traveling with Frank Maybery to Canada. Besides what is in that book, and the site here, does anyone have any information about this man, especially any shipboard activity? Any help is greatly appreciated. Mac Smith

  2. Ben Holme

    Hi Mac, Very good question. His section in "The Irish Aboard Titanic" by Senan Molony provides a little more detail. It is stated that he had been visiting friends in Ireland during a sabbatical from his pastoral work. "Records of lawsuits against the White Star Line show that the Revd. Kirkland had family members living in Old Town, Maine. He had six childern, named as sons Algie, Henry, Allen, and daughters Alma Jipson, Myrte Treadwell and Maude Elden". Regarding his onboard actions. Evidently, Kirkland was one of the more elusive 2nd class passengers who kept a very low... Read full post

  3. Mac Smith

    Mac Smith

    Mr. Holme: That information is invaluable. Thank you very, very much. Sincerely, Mac Smith

  4. Pat Cook

    Hope you don't mind my dropping in here but I believe the man Mrs. Watt spoke with was probably Douglas Norman. Lawrence Beesley mentions seeing him on deck ("the 'Scotchman' who played piano at the evening service) and other sources (don't have those with me just now) state that Marion Wright also met up with Norman. Just a suggestion - nothing concrete to go on as yet. Best regards, Cook

  5. Mac Smith

    Mac Smith

    Mr. Cook: Thank you very much for your information. Mac Smith

  6. Ben Holme

    Hi Cook, Drop in at will, sir!:-) Actually, I was hoping someone would point me in the right direction re: Mrs. Watt's "Edinburgh man". I had my suspicions that the man in question may have been Norman. Undoubtedly, the young Scotsman took an active part in alerting many women to the danger. Regards, Ben

  7. Mac Smith

    Mac Smith

    Lawsuit testimony - where can transcripts from the lawsuit be found - does anyone know? Thank you for any help you can give. Mac Smith

  8. Phillip Gowan

    The information that Robert Douglas Norman was from Glasgow may have been interpreted incorrectly. I have his birth certificate and he was definitely born in Edinburgh.

  9. Ben Holme

    Hi Phil, Thanks for the info. This would certainly seem to bolster the idea that Mrs. Watt was indeed referring to Norman, rather than Kirkland, in her account. Regards, Ben

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Fr Charles Leonard Kirkland
Age: 71 years 1 month (Male)
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Baptist
Marital Status: Married to Nelllie I. Wheeler Carvell
Last Residence: in Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation: Priest / Minister
Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
Ticket No. 219533, £12 7s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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