William Smith

30 May 1869–
Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Smith was born on 30 May 1869, in Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Samuel John Smith, was 30 and his mother, Jane Givans, was 25.

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Family Time Line

Samuel John Smith
1839–1900
Jane Givans
1843–1931
Mary Smith
1865–
Samuel Smith
1867–
William Smith
1869–
James Smith
1872–
Mary Smith
1874–1943

Parents and Siblings

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World Events (3)

1874 · Patronage abolished in the Church of Scotland.

Age 5

The Church Patronage Act 1874 was passed by Parliament and amended and altered the laws relating to the Appointment of Ministers to Parishes in Scotland. Paragraphs spelled out definitions to prevent the Act being subverted by processes used by Patrons and clarified that the Church of Scotland would decide on the qualifications required for Ministers.
1884

Age 15

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1908

Age 39

London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.

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

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