William Cowan

about 1784–1861 (Age 77)
Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Cowan was born about 1784, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Cowan, was 33 and his mother, Mary Gibson, was 32. He married Elizabeth Morison on 23 August 1808, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died in 1861, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 77.

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Family Time Line

William Cowan
1784–1861
Elizabeth Morison
1786–
Marriage: 23 August 1808
Helen Cowan
1812–

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 August 1808Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children

    (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (5)

    World Events (7)

    1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.
    Age 18
    In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.
    1811 · The Tron Riot
    Age 27
    The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.
    1815
    Age 31
    The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and Manx: shortened form of McOwen and McKeown . See also McEwen .Sottish and Manx: from a shortened form of Irish Ó Comhdhain and Mac Comhdhain ‘descendant or son of Comhdan’ or Gaelic Mac Comhghain ‘son of Comhghan (‘the twin’). Pronounced to rhyme with Owen, the name sometimes appears as Coan and Cohen in Down, and has been used interchangeably with Irish Coyne in Connacht and McIlhone in Tyrone. In the Isle of Man the name is pronounced /'kauən/ (with Cow- as in English cow).Scottish and Manx: sometimes a variant of Colquhoun , pronounced Cohoon in Scotland and Cahoon in Ulster.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

    Possible Related Names

    Cowen
    Cowans
    Cowin
    Coen
    Coan
    McOwen

    Sources (4)

    • William Cowan, "Scotland Census, 1851"
    • William Cowan, "Scotland Census, 1841"

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