Alexander B. Barr

Brief Life History of Alexander B.

When Alexander B. Barr was born on 17 June 1818, in Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Barr, was 20 and his mother, Grissel Gardner, was 17. He married Elisabeth Stewart on 25 March 1836, in Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Gorbals, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Orford, Kent, Ontario, Canada for about 10 years. He died on 20 August 1898, in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 80, and was buried in Duart, Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada.

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Alexander B. Barr
Mary Ann Ford
Marriage: 1870
Agnes Barr
Christiana Maud M Barr
Sarah Jane Barr
Jean May Barr
Alexandria Barr
Collin Barr
Marian Maggnia Barr

Sources (23)

  • Alexander Barr in household of Obadiah Denie, "Scotland Census, 1841"
  • Alexander Barr, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Alexander Barr, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"

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World Events (8)

1820 · """The """"Radical War""""."""

The Scottish Insurrection was a week of strikes and unrest with demands for reform in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The economic downturn after the Napoleonic war ended, brought increasing unrest with the Artisan workers in Scotland, seeking action to reform the government. But the insurrection was largely forgotten about, as attention was focused on the better publicized Radical events in England.


Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.


Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

Name Meaning

Scottish (Glasgow) and northern Irish (Ulster): habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr ‘height, hill’ or a Brittonic cognate of this.

English and Welsh: habitational name from Great Barr in Staffordshire. This is from Brittonic barro- ‘top, summit’, referring to Barr Beacon; there is evidence that this was known as la Bare in the 13th century.

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Barre-en-Ouche in Eure, France, or perhaps from Barre-de-Semilly in Manche, France.

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

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