Titanic Passengers

Information regarding Titanic's passengers and Crew.

Roderick Robert Chisholm

Roderick Robert Chisholm was born on 20th December 1868 in Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland. He was the son of James and Sophia Chisholm, nee Voaden. He was brother to Duncan, Charlotte, John and Jessie. Sadly, Charlotte died of measles and pneumonia on October 18th 1872. she was aged just 21 months old.

Birth information for Roderick Chisholm:

 Name  Date and Place of Birth Gender  Name and Place and Date of Marriage of Parents  Informant  Date of Registration 
 Roderick Chisholm


December Twentieth

4:15 am

244 High Street


 Male James Chisholm
Ships Carpenter
Sophia Chisholm
M.S Voaden
September 9th 1860
Devon port (England) 

 James Chisholm



December 26th

Wm. Jardine

1871 Census of Scotland

Perth Head

Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire

 Name  Relation    Age   Occupation  Birthplace  
 James Chisholm   Head    38  Ship Carpenter    Urray, Rosshire
 Sophia Chisholm
 Wife    30         England 
 Duncan Chisholm  Son     8  
 Scholar   England
 Rodderick Chisholm  Son    2        Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire 
 Charlotte Chisholm  Daughter    3 months       Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire 
 Mary Chisholm Niece  Scholar  Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire 

1881 Census of Scotland

Tenement 17

Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire

 Name Relation  Age  Occupation  Birthplace 
 Jas. Chisholm  Head  41[sic] Ship Wright  Moray, Rosshire 
 Sophia Chisholm Wife  40    Devon, England 
  Duncan Chisholm Son  18  Clerk  Devon, England 
 Roderick Chisholm Son  12   Scholar Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire 
John Chisholm  Son     Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire 
 Jessie Chisholm Daughter     Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire 


1891 Census of Scotland

 Name Relation  Age  Occupation  Birthplace 
 James Chisholm  Head  59  Ship Wright Moray, Rosshire 
 Sophia Chisholm  Wife  50     England
 Roderick Chisholm  Son  23  Ships Draughtsman Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire 
 John Chisholm  Son 14   Scholar  Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire
 Jessie Chisholm  Daughter 12   Scholar Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire  


Sometime after the 1891 census, and before 1896, Roderick moved to Ireland. In 1896 he married Susan Anderson, and they became the parents of two children.

Roderick worked for Harland & Wolff. He worked as the Chief Draughtsman and worked on both the Olympic and Titanic. It is said that he knew the ships almost as well as Thomas Andrews. Roderick and Thomas had worked on many ships together. During the building of the Titanic, he was responsible for the designing of the lifeboats, however, He was not responsible for the amount of lifeboats that were put on the ship.

In April 1912, Roderick sailed on the Titanic as part of the "guarantee group" a group of nine men, all the best from Harland & Wolff's workforce. They were on hand 24/7 to help with any problems the ship may have.

Roderick travelled as a first class passenger, as did Thomas Andrews and William Parr. The rest of the guarantee group travelled in second class.

Roderick Chisholm died in the sinking. His body was never found.

Susan and the children, James and Alice recieved money as class "B" dependants from the Titanic relief fund.

By Emma. November 27 2006

Family Information

James Chisholm, (father of Roderick) Married Sophia Voaden on September 9th 1860 in Devon, England. Their Marriage Index Entry's are below:

Name:      Sophia Voaden
Year of Registration:     1860
Quarter of Registration:     Jul-Aug-Sep
DISTRICT:     Stoke Damerel
County:     Devon
Volume:     5b
Page:     507

Name:      James Chisholm
Year of Registration:     1860
Quarter of Registration:     Jul-Aug-Sep
DISTRICT:     Stoke Damerel
County:     Devon
Volume:     5b
Page:     507

James Chisholm died on January 8th 1907 at 56 Edminton Street, Glagow, Scotland. He was aged 76 years, and his daughter Jessie was the informant. His parents were Duncan Christopher Chisholm and Mary McKay.

** Note: I am unsure of the street name, it looks like Edminton but I can not be 100 % sure, the same issue occured with the maiden surname of his mother, Mary.

Sophia Chisholm died on March 18th 1929 at 53 Earntyne (unsure of exact name) Road, Glasgow. She was 89 years old. Her informant was Jas. Chisholm, of 6 Sandford Avenue, Belfast, Ireland. He was her grandson and the son of Roderick.

1901 Census of Scotland

47 Rosevale Street,

Govan, Lanarkshire

Birth Place
James Chisholm
Shipyard Boiler Maker
Urray, Rosshire
Sophia Chisholm

John Chisholm
Ship Joiner
Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire
Jessie Chisholm
House Keeper
Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire

Sophia was the daughter of John and Charlotte Veadon. She was born in 1841 in Devonshire, England. She had a sister named Mary Ann who was born 1838 in Devon.


Picture - Belfast Telegraph

1881 Scotland Census

1891 Scotland Census

1901 Scotland Census

Copy of Birth Certificate