Margaret Knight

18 January 1764–
Pirton, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Margaret

When Margaret Knight was born on 18 January 1764, in Pirton, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Francis Knight, was 42 and her mother, Elizabeth Wadley, was 22.

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Family Time Line

Francis Knight
1721–1773
Elizabeth Wadley
1741–1766
Elizabeth Knight
1762–
Margaret Knight
1764–
Thomas Knight
1766–1767

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World Events (5)

1801 · The Act of Union

Age 37

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
1815

Age 51

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1830

Age 66

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

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

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  • Margaret Knight, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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