William Trotter

23 May 1834–16 October 1902 (Age 68)
Horndean, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Trotter was born on 23 May 1834, in Horndean, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, William Trotter, was 23 and his mother, Cecilia Cockburn, was 20. He married Janet Hopper on 26 June 1857, in Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Ladykirk, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1834 and Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 30 years. He died on 16 October 1902, at the age of 68.

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William Trotter
Janet Hopper
Marriage: 26 June 1857
William Trotter
Thomas Trotter
Alexander Trotter
Jane Helen Trotter
Robert Trotter

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World Events (8)

1838 · Jenners Department Store Opens its doors
Age 4
Jenners was founded by Charles Jenner as a department store for the community. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1892 but, with a new design in mind, the store was reopened in 1895 with new features. It was named Harrods of the North after it was given Royal Warrant in 1911 and was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on its 150th anniversary. It was sold to the House of Fraser in 2005, which in 2008, made much needed improvements to the store.
Age 9
Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway
Age 20
Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

Name Meaning

1 Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en) ‘to walk fast’ (Old French troter, of Germanic origin, akin to 2 below).2 German: occupational name for a grape-treader, from a derivative of Middle High German trot(t)e ‘winepress’. The word and the surname are confined largely to Alsace, Lorraine, Switzerland, and Swabia.

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

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Sources (12)

  • William Trotter in entry for Jessie Hopper, "British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices"
  • William Trotter, "Scotland Census, 1891"
  • William Trotter, "Scotland Census, 1881"

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