William Cowan

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

The Life 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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William Cowan
Elizabeth Morison
Marriage: 23 August 1808
Helen Cowan

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    Elizabeth Morison


23 August 1808
Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom


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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.

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: reduced form of McCowen .

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

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Sources (3)

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

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