James Forrest

about 1618–
Tranent, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Forrest was born about 1618, in Tranent, 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, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, and was buried in Tranent, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

James Forrest
1618–
Beatrix Dougall
1613–
Marriage: 10 December 1633
Andrew Forrest
1634–
Jonah Forrest
1636–
William Forrest
1639–1669
James Forrest
1640–1679

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
10 December 1633
Easthouses, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
children

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siblings

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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 Germanic and Romance. The English word is from 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 habitation. 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.

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 in entry for Jonah Forrest, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • James Forrest, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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