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Daniel Hossack 1871 - 1934
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Daniel Hossack 1871 - 1934

My great grandfather and the last of a very long line of fishermen. To those with a passing interest in tracing your family here are some of the pitfalls with particularly the Cromarty fishing families; Daniel was Christened Donald, married as Donald but was buried as Daniel. To his family he was Daniel but most Cromarty folk would have known him by his nickname "Strecht". There are also numerous marriages between cousins as was Daniels to his wife Jane Hossack (nee Hossack).

The shot is taken outside the old school in Shore Street facing the Cross House. Note the old buildings in the background which have now gone.
Picture added on 01 January 2003
My Grandfather was James Hossack, also known in Cromarty in his days as Jimmy Dixon. I was looking to contact any relatives I have up here.
Added by James Moncrieff on 03 June 2004
Does anyone know if this is my grandfather? My name is David Hossack son of Sammy Hossack and Betty Hossack nee Taylor.
Added by Dave Hossack on 30 April 2005
Dave, yes this is your grandfather. I have posted a picture of your grandmother (Jane) too [picture #266]. You've no doubt already seen a few of your father on this site but his sisters Catherine (my grandmother) and Esther are also posted. I have a few additional pictures so if you want more drop me a line.
Added by Andrew Bathie on 01 May 2005
Thanks Andrew, hello from Australia - any chance of getting a pic of my dad's grave, I've been trying to put this family tree together for 6 months - boy am I confused, thanks again.
Added by Dave Hossack on 02 May 2005
Dave, hopefully it's all coming down the wire!
Added by Andrew Bathie on 02 May 2005
MY name is Patricia Hossack. I live Virginia USA. My grandfather's name was John Hossack and he married Christine Watson Hossack, also from Cromarty. I am sure I must have some relatives still in Cromarty. Love to hear from them.
Added by Patricia Hossack Hutchison on 03 June 2005
Looking at the photograph, the building over Daniel's left shoulder is still occupied, and the others to the rear, over his right shoulder are the Ice house, and the building beyond that used to be occupied by the 'Bannans', subsequently refurbished by Jas. Thompson, & his wife on retiring from Newton, as Grieve, still exists.
Added by Clem Watson on 03 June 2005
My great great grandfather was also named Donald Hossack born around 1801 in Inverness - emigrated to Canada in 1835. Married to Margaret Maclea. Was a fisherman as well. Lived in various towns along the coast before emigrating. I have full family history after 1835 nothing before. Does he connect with any of your family?
Added by Laurie Hossack on 07 July 2005
Laurie, my clan are all Cromarty based though that's not to say you're not connected. The IGI does list a possible candidate for your Donald b 19th Sept 1800 to Robert & Catherine Macintosh. Chances are if this is the correct one his older children will have these names.
Added by Andrew Bathie on 08 July 2005
Hello to all the Hossack's out there, from John Hossack in Australia.
Added by John and Mary-Anne Hossack on 22 August 2006
Hi, I'm not sure if I am connected to these Hossacks but I thought it'd be worth a try. I'm in New Zealand and my g, g, g grand-father was John Hossack born in Inverness in 1826. I'm not sure of his parents names but he emigrated to NZ and married my g, g, g grand-mother Jane Warden in 1860. I've not been able to find out which boat he came to NZ in or what hi parents names are. According to my uncle, the family were fisherman and came from cromarty. Is cromarty in Inverness? Rather confused!!
Added by Karen Hossack on 04 September 2006
My grand father was Walter Hossack born 1900, think his Mother was Christina Hossack 1877 all from Cromarty, I also have a James Hossack 1830 married to a Christine Ross!!!!
Added by Karen Hossack on 20 September 2006
Have discovered that my wife (Joyce Hossack) shares ancestry with the last Karen. The family of the James Hossack mentioned was from Kiltearn. James and Christina had several children, one of whom Elizabeth was the mother of my wife's grandfather (John, whose son Murray is my wife's father). They also had a daughter Christina from whom Karen is descended through Christina's son Walter.
Added by Hamish Wilson on 09 September 2007
My Grandfather's name was Colin Hossack born in Cromarty circa 1900. He then moved onto Edinburgh before emigrating to Vancouver, Canada to live with his son Hugh. A second child Catherine May lived in Edinburgh and then moved to the south of England.
Added by Anna Erdamar on 14 October 2007
Hi Andrew, I was hoping you could help me, my ggg grandfather was John Hossack born about 1801 in Cromarty, Ross&Cromarty, that is what is on the 1841 census for England, he married Elizabeth Pile 14 May 1820 from Sunderland, Durham, England, He was a fisherman (Mariner) that is also on the census too.Thanks
Added by Richard Wild on 10 December 2007
Sorry Richard, not one that I have in my line up.
Added by Andrew Bathie on 11 December 2007
Is there a Deidre Hossack in this family tree? My parents were friendly with a Rose Hossack & she had a daughter Deidre, they moved to Inverness in the 60's.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 05 July 2008
I am descended from Robert Hossack born 1819, Alves, Moray who married Christina Ross, born 1830 Tarbat Ross-shire. Robert Hossack's father was William, who was married to a Margaret Hardie. Can anyone help me further with this family tree? My great grandmother was Mary Gentle Hossack, born 1860 at Alves.
Added by Jean Read on 05 September 2009
I am trying to find out more about Ann Hassock who married James Williamson and moved to Canada around 1803. James was married to a Jinny previously and had 2 children in Cromarty - John and Mary. Ann's sister married a Donald Ross.
Added by Sandy Crowe on 29 November 2009
my father alexander hossack born 1913 in moray firth inverness i cans remember my grandfathers name but his wife was called catherine mackay hossack, my father came from a large family, he had sisters called isabel, kitty, alice, brothers called hughie, robert cant remember any more names as i was only 7 when i saw them last allison
Added by Allison Mackay Grimshaw on 03 January 2010
my name is dian hossack my dad was called donald hossack or some people called him danny i dont know any of my grandparants he has a brother called labastian,alix a sister called marie,aisne if anyone knows any of my family it would be nice to know something about them thay are from inverness as far as i know thankyou
Added by Dian Hossack on 10 February 2010
I have our family bible, and the furthest it goes back is the marriage of James Hossack on 7th January 1868 to Emily Grace Jones. They had a son James Francis Clark, my grandfather, on 13th December 1868. The original James Hossack died in Muizenberg, Capetown, South Africa, no date. Can anybody help me with any information on this branch of the family?
Added by James David Ian Hossack on 20 April 2010
My maternal great grandfather was Andrew Hossack (b.3rd March 1839) the youngest of five sons of John & Catherine Hossack (nee Manson), fishers of Cromarty. I wonder whether your great grandfather was the son of one of mine's four brothers (James b.1830, John b.1832, David b.1834 and Robert b.1836)? I live in Hong Kong and plan a pilgrimage to Cromarty with my Chinese wife and new baby next summer. I would love to have a wee bit more information about my ancestors when I do. Any help would be much appreciated.

Lovely website by the way - thanks!

Added by Mick Atha on 11 September 2010
Hello Mick, Donald would be the first cousin once removed to Andrew. I'll send you something that may help sorting it all out.
Added by Andrew Bathie on 11 September 2010
Hi Mick, I see this is a rather old post but I'll add to it any way. Andrew b.3.3.1839 was the youngest brother of John b 24.01.1832. John is my g.g.g.grandfather who married Mary Hogg 18.10.1850. Their eldest John b. 05.01.1852 m. Mary Wilson. Their 3rd child James Mouat 1882 was my g. grandfather, his boys James Mowatt, Thomas Harris, and William(killed in Suda bay Crete 1941). James my Grandfather d.1978 Rotorua NZ. and his son Ian is my dad.
Added by Malcolm Hosssack on 24 January 2012
Is this the same Daniel Hossack who owned the wee bothy in Fishertown Cromarty? I have recently uploaded a picture,
Added by Mark Bown on 04 March 2012
Hi to all Hossacks. Some of you on this site have a lot in common with my side of the Hossack's which go back as far as James Hossack and his wife Emily Grace Jones. But I have got to my father and he was James Philip Larid Hossack. Anyone know of him and has a photo of him would love to see it PLEASE?
Added by David Hossack on 17 March 2012
Hi all. My Hossack is Mary Hossack. She married Walter Ross around 1778 in Cromarty and most of my other tree line are from this area also. Anyone know where the name originates?? if so please let me know.
Added by Lynne on 12 July 2012
Hi another enquiry....my Grandfather was Colin Hossack married to Mary Brydon they had 2 children Hugh and Catherine. Colin emigrated to Vancouver after Mary died. Anyone anywhere if you could help.
Added by Anna Erdamar on 15 August 2012
Hi Lynne, my grandfather said the name Hossack originates from Norway - Allison nee Hossack.
Added by Allison Grimshaw on 18 August 2012
Hi Mick (11 Sept 2010) and Malcolm (24 Jan 2012) - Old posts I know but just to say that John and Catherine Hossack are our common ancestors. I am descended from their middle son David (born 1834) through his daughter Jesse who married my g.grandfather Hugh Fraser in June 1894.

To step back one generation from Catherine Manson my aunt believes that she has traced Catherine's parents. Her research has led her to a David Manson and his wife Catherine Sutherland who had a daughter Catherine Manson who was baptized 3 Aug., 1812. In the 1814 Militia Records for Cromarty there is only one Manson recorded - a David Manson whose age is given as 31 and whose occupation is a fisher. Assuming his age is accurate that would place his birth year as 1782/1783.
Added by Donald Macleod on 19 October 2013
Dear Donald, Lovely to see your post regarding our distant connection, now stretching back into the late 18th century! Did David stay in Scotland or also, like Andrew, head south? Andrew eventually ended up working as a coalminer in Yorkshire - what a change of environment (but equally as dangerous I suppose). Look forward to hearing any information you have on my great grandfather's brother David's life. All the best, Mick
Added by Mick Atha on 30 October 2013
Hi Mick - Sorry for the delay in replying. Here's an extract from my aunt's records who has worked on our family tree. She writes: "the Hossack family moved around a lot. Dad, David, was born in Cromarty. Mom, Helen Clunas, was born in Skye. The children - Mary Jane, aged 12 in 1881, was born in England, Isabella (9) in Redcastle - I wonder if my mother (Eliza Fraser) knows anything about that - Jessie,(7) my grandmother, in Petty,[near Inverness] Thomas, (5) in Petty, Robert, (2) in Auldearn and Agnes, ( 6 months) in Auldearn, Nairn." So it seems David was in England for a while - I wonder if he was with Andrew?- and then returned to Scotland. Other than that I am unaware of what happened in his life. Jessie is my g/grandmother. Best wishes, Donald

Added by Donald Macleod on 30 December 2013
Hello All, Maggie Schneider (nee Hossack) Father Charles Haig Hossack, mother Catherine.
Added by Maggie Schneider on 06 March 2014
I was wondering if the man in the pic is related to me he looks so much like My dad
Added by Diana hossack on 18 January 2016
This is a picture of my Great Grandfather, My Grandfather was Sammy Hossack who married Elizabeth ( Betty) Taylor.
Added by Sammy Hossack-mavridis on 07 February 2017
This is a photo of my grandfather. I think my uncle Sam was best man at my Mum & Dads wedding in 1940. His older brother John(Jock) was a prisoner of war (1st.) age 16/17. Jock was in Canada And dad in the USA in the 20/30's. Dad & uncle George look nothing like the photograph.
Added by David Hossack on 29 May 2017
Found this whilst looking for information on a painting I have of Sir John Hare (actor 1844-1931) which is signed F Hossack:
"... a road on the Gainsborough estate which commemorates James Francis Clark Hossack (1868-1937) a local doctor of the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, who was a member of the Borough Council 1908-1929 representing St Margaret's Ward, mayor in 1929 and became an alderman in 1930."
Here: www.ipswich-lettering.co.uk/streetnames.html
Added by P Sketcher on 18 September 2017
Hi my name is Pamela Brightwell nee:- Hossack, the photo is of my great grand father, and his son James was my grandfather. My father is Donald Hossack d.o.b 03.08.1931 in Ross & Cromarty he lived in a cottage in the Big Vennal, his mother was Mary Hossack nee:-Hinds, he had 4 brothers Jimmy Hinds, Roddie Hinds, Jock Hossack, William Hossack.
Added by Pamela Brightwell on 18 June 2021
My 6x grand dad was William Hossack 1732 he married Christine Fiddler love to know any information please x
Added by Lorraine newby on 15 July 2022
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