James Forrest

about 1618–
Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of James

When James Forrest was born about 1618, in Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Johne Forrest, was 28 and his mother, Mrs. Johne Forrest, was 28. He married Beatrix Dougall on 10 December 1633, in Easthouses, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He died in Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, and was buried in Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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James Forrest
Beatrix Dougall
Marriage: 10 December 1633
Andrew Forrest
Jonah Forrest
William Forrest
James Forrest

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  • Marriage
    10 December 1633Easthouses, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
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    World Events (1)

    Age 89
    The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VI of Scotland became king of England and Ireland, thus forming a personal union of the three kingdoms. Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain.

    Name Meaning

    English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper or worker in one. Middle English forest was not, as today, a near-synonym of wood, but referred specifically to a large area of woodland reserved by law for the purposes of hunting by the king and his nobles. The same applied to the European cognates, both ancient Germanic and Romance. The English word is from Middle English forest ‘forest’, Old French forest, Late Latin forestis (silva). This is generally taken to be a derivative of foris ‘outside’; the reference was probably to woods lying outside a settlement. On the other hand, Middle High German for(e)st has been held to be a derivative of Old High German foraha ‘fir’ (see Forster ), with the addition of a collective suffix.Irish: this name is also frequently attested in Ireland, where it may be a variant of Forrestal .

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

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    • James Forrest in entry for James Forrest, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
    • James Forrest, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"

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