In loving and most grateful memory of
my beloved husband
William James Pirrie
1st Viscount K.P. P.C. H M.L.
Born 31st May 1847 - Died 7th June 1924.
Only son of
James Alexander Pirrie and Eliza Swan Montgomery
Married 17th April 1879 Margaret M. Carlisle
Daughter of John Carlisle and Catherine Montgomery
He entered Queens Island as an apprentice 23 June 1862
62 years later on 23rd June 1924 he was laid to rest here.
As Chairman of Messrs. Harland & Wolff's vast organization
for so many years he by his own cheerful service and
wide experience proved an inspiration to the many
fellow-workers identified with him in the evolution
of shipbuilding. It was his joy to recognize their
loyalty and allegiance. On all seas the ships that
sail testify to the great benefits his genius conferred
on mankind. He spent his life endeavouring to be useful
in his day and generation and was closely associated
always with the progress of and charities in this city.
Here also rests
Margaret M. Carlisle
Wife of William James Viscount Pirrie K.P.
Born 31st May 1857 — Died 19th June 1935
She was the devoted companion
and helpmate of her husband
always interested in and sharing his lifework during the 47 years
they were together; and promoting with boundless energy
and enthusiasm, plans for the welfare of others — a truly
lovable woman she endeared herself to all who knew her
Thrice blest and more whom vows, unbroken bind,
Whose love is ne'er of jarring moods the slave,
Yea! nobly blest, to whom tis given to find
Devotion steadfast even to the end.
The Royal Victorian Hospital
The Board of Management of the Royal Victoria Hospital, on 18th June
desires to record the profound sorrow with which it has heard
of the unexpected death of Viscount Pirrie. The sad tidings
when flashed over sea and land startled the civilized world for
it was everywhere recognized that a cosmopolitan personality
had passed off the stage of time. Language fails to express
adequately the unique position occupied by the deceased peer
in the shipbuilding and commercial life of mankind. But the
citizens of Belfast, where his mammoth vessels were built can
appreciate possibly better than most, the genius and capacity
of the marvellous brain that now rests from its labours
whose splendid ideals of craftsmanship are still the envy of
those who plan, as well as those who go to sea in ships.
"His own business, however, did not exhaust his manifold
energies. The debt this hospital owes to Lord and Lady Pirrie
is generally recognized from its inception without interruption
they had together fostered its interests with unremitting care
and princely generosity.
"The Board realising the great loss it has sustained, and at
the same time remembering the grief of the gracious Lady who
has for long discharged with rare efficiency and acceptance the
duties of president of this hospital would tender her its
respectful sympathy, accompanied with the prayer that God will
uphold and comfort her "until the day breaks and the shadows
flee away." 1924
S.S. Venetian 1508 Gross Tons
For Bibby Line, first steamer built by Harland & Wolff 1860
R.M.S. Olympic 46439 Gross Tons
For White Star Line built by Harland & Wolff 1911