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  • Born: 9 Aug 1890, Dumfries, Scotland
  • Partnership: Costin, Mary Catherine
  • Died: 15 Apr 1912, At Sea at age 21
  • Buried: 8 May 1912, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

bullet   Another name for John was Hume, Jock.


bullet  General Notes:

John Law Hume, known as "Jock", 42 George St., Dumfries, Scotland. Violinist on the ship, Titanic, during the fateful voyage.

John Law Hume was only twenty-one years of age and lived with his parents in George Street, Dumfries. A memorial to his memory was unveiled in Dock Park, Dumfries; also a memorial to thirty year-old third class steward Thomas Mullin. As with the bandmaster's body, John Law Hume's body was also recovered after the disaster and it lies in grave 193 in Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. John's grave is like most of the Titanic graves at Fairview Cemetery. Besides his name, it only contains: "Died April 15, 1912. 193"

The inscription on the Dock Park Memorial reads "In memory of John Law Hume, a member of the band, and Thomas Mullin, steward, natives of these towns, who lost their lives in the wreck of the White Star liner, "Titanic" which sank in mid Atlantic on the 14th day of April 1912. They died at the post of duty." The back of the memorial bears the following inscription: "Erected by the people of Dumfries and Maxwelltown at home and abroad."

The band played on during the sinking, their impromptu performance was intended to put passengers at ease. All eight musicians died in the tragedy, but passed into legend. That legend has it that the last piece played by the band before the ship sank was Sarah Adams' "Nearer, My God, To Thee". There are differing versions notably by Lowell Mason, Rev John Bacchus Dykes and Sir Arthur Sullivan. The Lowell Mason-version is preferred in America, the other two in England, the latter by Methodists. All these years later there is disagreement as to the version played. Also others recall "Autumn" as the last piece played, although this might be "Autumn" or the waltz "Songe d'Automne". Most believe "Nearer, My, God to Thee" to be the final piece of music played.

Record of Effects for John Law Hume:
NO. 193
Male \emdash Height, 5 ft. 9 in.; Weight, 145 lbs
Age, about 28 Hair, Light curly; clean shaven Marks, None
CLOTHING - Light rain coat; uniform jacket with green facing and vest; purple muffler.
EFFECTS - Cigarette case; silver watch; empty purse; knife with carved pearl handle; mute; brass button with "African Royal Mail"; English lever watch.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Death, 15 Apr 1912, At Sea. Died with the sinking of the Titanic ship.

Burial, 8 May 1912, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Fairveiw Cemetery

Court, 3 Dec 1913. Mary Catherine Costin vs Andrew Hume

Newspaper, 29 May 2011. Washington Post Newspaper clipping


John had a relationship with Mary Catherine Costin. (Mary Catherine Costin was born about 1891 and died in 1922.)

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