James Swanson

5 July 1846–
Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Swanson was born on 5 July 1846, in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Swanson, was 37 and his mother, Catharine Munro, was 33. He lived in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Forfar, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1871.

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Family Time Line

James Swanson
1809–1869
Catharine Munro
1813–
Thomas Swanson
1838–1871
John Swanson
1840–1924
Daniel Swanson
1841–1927
Ann Swanson
1844–1917
James Swanson
1846–
George Swanson
1851–1893

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World Events (8)

1847 · The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland is established.

Age 1

The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland was formed in 1847. For most of its existence the United Presbyterian Church was the third largest Presbyterian Church in Scotland and flourished in Scotland for 53 years. After being reunited with the Church of Scotland in 1929, it continues to bring relief to the local communities.
1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Age 8

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.
1878 · Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank.

Age 32

Because of a discovery of a £7,000 deficit, City of Glasgow Bank halted operations from November to December 1877. After 10 months after reopening, the bank’s directors announced the bank, itself, had filed bankruptcy. The closure showed a net liability of over £6 million. The bank was so successful with telling people that it wasn’t in error, that the Bank's shares were selling for more than double of what they were actually worth. The bank’s directors were arrested and tried at the High Court. All were found guilty and sentenced to terms of imprisonment. Many Glasgow businesses failed as a result of the bankruptcy and shareholders were called to replenish the bank's losses. One shareholder argued that he had become a shareholder unknowing the fraudulent actions of the bank. Wide effects of the collapse have been seen in limited growth in liability and extensive problems with temporary banking liquidity.

Name Meaning

1 Americanized spelling of Swedish Svensson or Danish and Norwegian Svensen ( see Svendsen ).2 Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Swan .

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

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Sources (3)

  • James Swanson in household of James Swanson, "Scotland Census, 1851"
  • James Swanson in household of James Swanson, "Scotland Census, 1861"
  • James Swanson, "Scotland Census, 1871"

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