When Marjory Elder was born on 21 December 1586, in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, her father, William Elder, was 29 and her mother, Janet Wardlaw, was 28. She married John Allison on 12 January 1613. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters.
Scottish: distinguishing nickname from Middle English and Older Scots elder ‘parent; older, senior person’, perhaps in some cases denoting the older of two bearers of the same personal name. It may have been used also to denote an elder of a church, a senior and respected member of the congregation. Compare Senior .
English: in southeastern England, this may be a variant of Helder .
Americanized form (translation into English) of German Elter , which has the same meaning as 1 above.
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