William Main Smith

11 January 1872–
New Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of William Main

When William Main Smith was born on 11 January 1872, in New Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Alexander Smith, was 25 and his mother, Margaret Findlay, was 36.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Smith
1847–
Margaret Findlay
1836–
Alexander Smith
1869–
William Main Smith
1872–
Janet Findlay Smith
1874–

Parents and Siblings

    Male1847–Male

    Margaret Findlay

    Female1836–Female

siblings

(3)

World Events (3)

1874 · Patronage abolished in the Church of Scotland.

Age 2

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 12

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1908

Age 36

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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Sources (2)

  • 1881 Scottish Census for Alex & Margaret Smith
  • William Main Smith, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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