Monday, September 24, 2012

Final Proof

Recently the Great Britain, Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927 have been made available to search on This database contains master and mate certificates issued to merchant seamen by the British Board of Trade.

I was over the moon because I found both brothers, John & Magnus Linklater, and their various certificates, that gave me the final proof that they were both the brothers of my paternal great-grandfather James Linklater. Full birthdates and places of birth were given on their application forms although Magnus seemed to think he was one year (exactly) older than his birth/baptism suggests.



Captain John McKay Linklater was in Scotland to pick up a new ship to sail back to NZ at the time of his examination, he gives his mother’s address in Leith.

So now I can close the books on these two brothers, just one left to find, the second to youngest brother, Thomas born 1840 and disappeared after 1873, he was also a seaman but doesn’t seem to have applied to pass the Mate or Master Mariner examinations.

More on Thomas soon…..


  1. Dawn, You have got so many interesting blogs, memoirs, history, just wonderful your work.

  2. Thank you Titania, nice of you to say so. I really enjoy my research and putting it altogether.