Thomas Swanson

Male30 June 1838–after 1871

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Swanson was born on 30 June 1838, in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Swanson, was 29 and his mother, Catherine Munro, was 24. He lived in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851. In 1871, at the age of 33, his occupation is listed as clothier in St. Andrews, Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom. He died after 1871.

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James Swanson
Catherine Munro
Thomas Swanson
John Swanson
Daniel Swanson
Ann Swanson
James Swanson
George Swanson

Sources (4)

  • Thos Swanson in household of James Swanson, "Scotland Census, 1851"
  • James Swanson, "Scotland Census, 1871"
  • James Swanson, "Scotland Census, 1841"

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World Events (5)


Age 5

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

1843 · The Disruption in the Church of Scotland

Age 5

The Disruption of 1843 was a division within the Church of Scotland, which 474 evangelical ministers of the Church broke away from the Church to form the Free Church of Scotland. They didn’t reject the principles of the Church of Scotland but were trying to establish a purer version of the Church without the King or Parliament being its head. It had huge effects not only within the Church of Scotland, but also with Scottish civic life.

1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Age 16

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

Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Nils, Nels, Sven, Lars, Thor, Helmer, Iver, Alf, Astrid, Eskil, Hilmer.

Americanized form of Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and North German Svensson , and Norwegian and Danish Svensen or Svendsen , cognates of 1.

Scottish (Caithness) and English: from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Swan, an Anglicized form of Old Norse Sveinn (from sveinn ‘lad’), + -son. In northern England, Middle English Swanson was in fact an occasional variant of Swainson . In some cases the name may also arise from Middle English swan(e), swon(e) ‘swineherd, peasant, male servant’ (Old English swān) + -son, but this is unlikely to be the usual origin. See Swan .

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

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