John Smith

1 February 1780–
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Smith was born on 1 February 1780, in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Smith, was 26 and his mother, Janet Wyllie, was 22.

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Family Time Line

James Smith
1754–
Janet Wyllie
1758–
John Smith
1780–

Parents and Siblings

    James Smith

    Male1754–Male

    Janet Wyllie

    Female1758–Female

siblings

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World Events (3)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 22

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.
1815

Age 35

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1823

Age 43

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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  • John Smith, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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