This line goes back the furtherest and has had the most extensive research, mostly from Barry KIRK. He has traveled to many of the Scottish towns where our forbears lived before they came out to NZ. Barry KIRKs research goes to David KIRK, born about 1660 in Alloh, Clackmannan, Scotland. My research through the internet found three more generations.

William KIRK, born about 1550, Scotland who married Bessie HUNTER. Their son Robert, born July 1584 was born in Dunfermline, Fife. He married Grizel ANDERSON on the 2nd of November 1613. Their son John was born 1618, also in Dunfermline. He married Margaret FOTHERINGHAM on Jan 4th 1648. They had at least two sons, both born in Alloh, Clackmannan, which I traced through the internet:

David b 1660

William b 1667

David married Janet TAIT on the 10th of June 1680. Their son George was born in Alloh. He married Jean MILLER. They had at least 3 boys:

John b1715

William b1717

George b1719

George, born in New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire married Elisabeth Beithia PATON on 10th March 1751. George was a gamekeeper at Hawkehead Estate in the 1750s and then Eaglesham Estate, where he died. The profession of Gamekeeper was to be the dominant profession of KIRKs, at large country estates for the next two hundred odd years.

Georges and Beithia had at least 6 children:

George b1756

John b1761

William b

Archibald b1771*

Baird b1774

Mary b1779

*Decendants of Archibald KIRK emigrated to South Australia. Their History is recorded in the following book:

Wilson J & Martin R, Skelmorlie to South Australia – The KIRK Family History (Adelaide) 1986 Lutheran Publishing..

It is available from:


29 Oval Avenue


South Australia 5039.

William married Helen BUCHANAN on 29th November 1793. William was the gamekeeper at Buchanan Estate in the 1790s.

The Estates

Skelmorlie Castle was begun in 1502 by the Montgomeries, Lairds of the lands of Skelmorlie. In 1735 Lilias Montgomerie of Skelmorlie Castle married her kinsman Alexander Montgomerie of Coilsfield, Tarbolton. Their son Hugh, in 1796, became the Twelfth Earl of Eglinton. The marriage and succession connected the estates of Eagleshame, Eglinton Castle, Annick, Coilsfield and Skelmorlie Castle.

Buchanan Estate was the Stirlingshire estate of the Duke of Montrose.

Hawkhead Estate was the Paisley estate of the Earls of Glasgow and Dundonald

Wilson J & Martin R, Skelmorlie to South Australia – The KIRK Family History (Adelaide) 1986 Lutheran Publishing..

William and Helen had at least 8 children:

George b1795

Margaret b1796

Elizabeth b1797

Helen b1799

John b1801

Dougald b1803

Jane b1807

Mary b1812

George was born at Buchanan Estate. He married Jane FERGUSON, from Ayr, Ayrshire on 29th May 1819. George was a gamekeeper at Buchanan, Dalry, Argyll and Wigtownshire. George died in Wigtownshire in 1866.

George and Jane had at least 5 children:

Margaret b1822

Baird b1824

William b1828

Agness b1830

Jean b1832

Baird was born at Dalry, Ayrshire on 7th March 1824. Baird married Annie Hawthorne McGUFFIE, at Wigtown, Sorbie on 23rd April 1845. Baird was a shepherd. He died in 1896 and along with his father, mother and wife, are all buried at Garlieston Churchyard, Sorbie, Wigtown, Scotland.

Baird and Annie had 8 children.

Annie b1848

Jane b1849

William b1850 (Scotty)

George b1852

Margaret b1855

James Cossgrove b1862

John b1865

Helen Rodger b1869

Scotty married Jane LITTERICK on 29th December 1872. They had seven children:

Baird b1876

Margaret b1878

John Litterick (Jack) b1881

Annie Hawthorne b1884

George b186

William b1888

Sarah Agnes b1890

On March 30th the left Glasgow, with their three eldest children, on the Oban Bay, arriving in Townsville. Annie was born in Australia, but died in infancy. They arrived in Dunedin in about 1885-86, where they had three more children, before Jane died 28th December 1891 aged 39. Sarah the youngest was 2. Scotty remarried, Margaret HOGGET in the following August in Dunedin. Scotty was a Carter by profession. Scotty and Margaret moved to Hastings. They took Baird, John, William and Sarah with them.

The move to Hastings was to have tragic results. Sarah died aged 17 on 9th August 1907 and William, died aged 23 in 11th July 1911, causes unknown to me. Scotty died on 21st December 1914. The following are articles from The Hawkes Bay Herald Tribune:

26th June 1914


A sensational bolt took place along Pakowhai Road at about six o’clock last evening, when two horses, attached to an express without headlights, got loose somewhere in Omahu Road and made off in the direction of Stortford Lodge. The corner opposite the hotel was negotiated safely and the runaways continued their escapade towards Pakowhai.

At the approach to the first bridge, the express met a cab driven by Mr W (Scotty) KIRK of Hastings, who was returning, with passengers from the Park Races. The express collided with one of the hind wheels of the cab and inflicted light damage, but no one was injured, and Mr KIRK was able to bring his passengers on to their destination.

A more serious collision however, occurred in the centre of the bridge, where the express ran into a gig occupied by a man and a woman. Both were thrown out, but fortunately escaped without injury. The gig was smashed to matchwood. Several other collisions were only avoided on the Pakowhai Road through the presence of mind of a man on horseback who seeing the express had no lights, and knowing that there would be a lot of traffic returning from the races, galloped ahead of the bolting horses and warned drivers of approaching vehicles of the danger.


Tuesday 22nd December 1914.


KIRK – At the Napier Hospital on 21st December, 1914

WILLIAM KIRK late of Hastings, 65 years.

The funeral will leave his late residence,

Charles St, for the Hastings Cemetery on

Wednesday at 2.00 pm.

Friends please accept this invitation.

S.T. Tong



Tuesday 22nd December 1914.


Mr William KIRK, better known as ‘Scotty KIRK’ the cab driver who was injured in a collision with a motor car on Thursday night, died at the Napier Hospital yesterday afternoon.

The late Mr KIRK had an eventful career. About 10 years ago while driving the old ‘Caledonian Express’ he had his leg badly fractured by a kick from a horse, the leg having to be amputated above the knee. Last June he met with another accident, being run into on the Pakowhai Bridge, but on this occasion no serious injury resulted. ‘Scotty’ was a well known figure in Hastings and his death will come as a shock to many of his friends.

Deceased was native of Aberdeen, Scotland, was 65 years of age and leaves a widow and grown up family, Mrs R KESSELL of Charles St, being his daughter. An inquest is being held this afternoon.


Wednesday 23rd December 1914.




An inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of WILLIAM KIRK, the Hastings cab driver who sustained fatal injuries in a collision with a motor car at Napier, on Thursday last, was held in the Napier Hospital yesterday afternoon by Mr S E McCarthy Coroner.

Mr Dolan appeared for Robjohns, driver of the car. Frederick Hubert Robjohns, engineer of Napier deposed, that on December 17th at about 8pm he was driving a motor car along the Parade in the direction of Awatoto. He was driving in the middle of the road and when near the end of the parade met a cab coming towards Napier. It was a two horse cab, and was also in the middle of the road. ‘I had two good lights on the car. I did not see the cab until it was within 8 or 9 yards off the car. It was a dark night, and the horses shaded the light of the sky’.

When witness first saw the cab the driver was pulling his right rein to get on to the side of the road. Witness swerved to his wrong side and then collided with the cab. Did not see the driver thrown, had thought he fell. The near horse was thrown onto the bonnet of the car. Subsequently the animal died. Witness asked the driver of the cab where his lights were. He either replied that he had run out of candles, or he did not have any with him. Witness was travelling at 5 or 6 miles per hour.

Miss Codd was with him in the car at the time of the accident. Did not smell drink on the cab driver. He attributed the accident to not seeing the cab until it was close up. Olive Codd of Puketapu corroborated the previous witnesses evidence. She also stated that the cab was going slightly faster than the car.

James Howard Sheath, farmer of Napier, stated that on Thursday night he was on the parade and saw a cab coming from Hastings. It was going at a jog trot. There were no lights on the cab. The night was fairly dark. He looked back at the cab after it had passed and saw a motor car coming from Napier. It had two good lights. The car was not travelling fast. After witness had gone a few paces, he heard a crash and turned around and saw that there had been a collision. On going back, witness found the driver of the cab laying on his back on the road. The cab was on the left side of the road, and the car was abreast of it. A lady passenger fainted when she got out of the cab. Robert KESSELL of Hastings, son-in-law of the deceased, identified the body. He was about 65 years of age. Deceased had lost a leg about 20 years ago.

Dr T C Moore deposed that he held a post mortem that afternoon. The heart and liver were fatty, and there were indications of long standing kidney disease. All the intestines were very much distended. The injuries received through the collision were not sufficient to cause the death of a healthy man. Death was due to stasis of intestines, caused by shock. The intestines owing to their condition would press against the heart causing failure thereof. Dr Fris, Senior Medical Assistant at the hospital who was present at the post mortem agreed with what Dr Moore said. Deceased was all right when admitted but gradually sank, and died about 2.30 pm on Monday.

Anne Elliot who was in the cab when the accident occurred, said the vehicle was travelling slowly. The motor car appeared to her to be travelling at terrific speed, and appeared to swerve into the cab.

The coroner returned a verdict of accidental death and found that the accident was the joint results of the cab driven by the deceased having no lights attached, and of Robjohns turning his motor car to the wrong side under the mistaken impression that the deceased had pulled his off rein. It could not be reasonably be found that Robjohns was guilty of negligent driving.

Baird who lived in Southampton St, Hastings married Annie EPLETT on 26th October 1910. They had five children:

William b1911 (Willie)

Darcy b1914

Dorothy b1914 (Dolly)

Carrie b1915

Hazel b1921

The following appeared in the Hastings Standard, Wednesday October 26th 1910:



A pretty wedding was solemnized at the Havelock Presbyterian Church today by the Rev. Waugh, when Mr Baird KIRK, eldest son of Mr W KIRK of Hastings was united in matrimony to Miss Annie EPLETT, daughter of Mr T EPLETT of Hastings. The bride who was given away by her brother Mr Harold EPLETT, wore a tailor made navy blue costume. She was attended by her two sisters, Misses Carrie and Emma EPLETT, who wore dresses of white silk. Mr D EPLETT acted as best man. The honeymoon will be spent in the south. The young couple are the recipeints of a large number of handsome and valuable presents.


William KIRK was christened Willie, but he did not like the name. He had it changed to William. He was known as Bill.

Bill went to Hastings District School (Now Hastings Boys High) where he captained the first XI and was vice-captain of the first XV. He married Florence in Napier in 1936. They had three children:

Judith Ann b1938

Barry William b1941

Helene Elizabeth b1945

The following appeared in the Hawkes Bay Herald Tribune, Tuesday April 14th 1936:



At 4.30pm yesterday afternoon in St Patricks church Napier, the Very Rev. Dean Holly performed the ceremony of marriage between Florence Elizabeth elder daughter of Mr and Mrs F.C. BURTON, Hastings St, Napier, and William Richard son of Mr B KIRK, Southampton ST Hastings. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore an ankle length frock of pale blue corded matelasse cut on tight fitting lines and made with long sleeves and a white crepe-de-chene , cowl draped collar, which was caught with a brilliant pin. Hat and shoes toned and she carried a bouquet of pink , blue and white flowers.

The brides sister, Miss Elsie BURTON was bridesmaid. She wore a pretty frock of pink crepe-de-chene cut on long lines. The bodice was fashioned with double epaulettes and short sleeves and was trimmed with blue velvet. Hats and shoes were matching and she carried a bouquet to tone.

Mr E.J. BURTON (brother of the bride) was best man. After the ceremony the guests were entertained by the brides parents at the Regal dining rooms. At the wedding tea which followed the reception, all the usual toasts were honored. Mrs BURTON, mother of the bride, received in a navy blue crepe-de-chene ensemble worn with a spotted blouse and matching hat. When leaving for the honeymoon, Mrs KIRK wore a blue floral frock made with gored skirt and bishop sleeves. Over this a smart tweed coat was worn, felt hat and accessories were toning. Mr and Mrs KIRK will take their home in Napier.

Relatives present were, Mr and Mrs BURTON (parents of the bride) Mr B KIRK, Hastings (parent of the bridegroom) Mrs E BURTON and Mr E.J. BURTON, Miss Hazel KIRK, Mr and Mrs J.J. GAWNER (Wellington, uncle and aunt of the bride) also present Mr and Mrs S.P. SPILLER, Mr and Mrs LUKE, Mr and Mrs KANE, Mr and Mrs G CHAMBERS, Mr and Mrs LEASK (Wellington), Mr and Mrs T. CROOK, Mrs EDDIE, Miss ROBSON, Messes L. WALL, and W MANSFIELD, Misses M and E EPLETT and LOVE, Messes R. NEAL and H COOK all of Hastings.


He was called up for army service during WW2. He had taken final leave and was due to leave NZ on a troopship, but his orders were changed because he had two children, and he was sent to the Japanese POW camp in Featherson. Bill spent some time in hospital as he suffered two hernias. He was eventually posted to the army office in Hastings and then to Fort Dorset, overlooking Wellington Harbour where he worked on the big guns. Finally being discharged in 1945.

As a lad Bill worked at Bon Marche until taking up an apprenticeship as a fibrous plasterer with Mr Ernest Boyle. During the depression he did scrub cutting. He returned to plastering but was unwell and the doctor advised him to give it up. He was a steward at the Heretaunga Club in Market St, before returning to plastering with Mr Peter Bridgeman before being advised to give it up for good. He then spent time making sausages for Watson and Lang, stainless steel for Bay Bright, working on Watties experimental farm at Pakowhai, before finding his true profession as a barman. He worked at the Albert Hotel and the Hibernian Club, where he stayed until he retired at 60, in 1976. He was a keen wrestler and he ran gym in Hastings for about 5 years. In one year he trained three NZ champions.

Bill died of cancer on 13th February 1979.