John Smith

15 February 1747–Deceased
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Smith was christened on 15 February 1747, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Rot. Smith, was 39 and his mother, Janet Tempelton, was 35.

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Rot. Smith
1708–
Janet Tempelton
1712–
Andrew Smith
1740–1766
Jno. Smith
1747–
John Smith
1747–
Margaret Smith
1751–
John Smith
1749–

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World Events (3)

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

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

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

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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