William Reid emigrated from Scotland to New Zealand in 1851.
- William Reid’s family origins were in Banffshire, Scotland. His mother was Jane Craib, who married David Robb after the death of his father Alexander. There are also connections in Banffshire and Aberdeenshire with Ross, Cumming, McCurrach, and another Craib family.
- As a settler in New Zealand, William Reid married Sarah Emslie, had a family of six children, and was rather successful as a farmer.