Helen Alexander

6 July 1877–7 November 1953 (Age 76)
Uphall, Linlithgowshire, Scotland

The Life of Helen

When Helen Alexander was born on 6 July 1877, in Uphall, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, her father, Henry Alexander, was 24 and her mother, Lydia Hunter, was 27. She married John Allan on 31 December 1903, in Saint George, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1881. She died on 7 November 1953, in Leith, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 76.

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Family Time Line

John Allan
1879–1930
Helen Alexander
1877–1953
Marriage: 31 December 1903
Lydia E Allan
1904–
John A Allan
1907–

Spouse and Children

    John Allan

    Male1879–1930Male

    Female1877–1953Female

MARRIAGE
31 December 1903
Saint George, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
children

(2)

    Lydia E Allan

    Female1904–Female

    John A Allan

    Male1907–Male

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(6)

+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1878 · Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank.

Age 1

Because of a discovery of a £7,000 deficit, City of Glasgow Bank halted operations from November to December 1877. After 10 months after reopening, the bank’s directors announced the bank, itself, had filed bankruptcy. The closure showed a net liability of over £6 million. The bank was so successful with telling people that it wasn’t in error, that the Bank's shares were selling for more than double of what they were actually worth. The bank’s directors were arrested and tried at the High Court. All were found guilty and sentenced to terms of imprisonment. Many Glasgow businesses failed as a result of the bankruptcy and shareholders were called to replenish the bank's losses. One shareholder argued that he had become a shareholder unknowing the fraudulent actions of the bank. Wide effects of the collapse have been seen in limited growth in liability and extensive problems with temporary banking liquidity.
1884

Age 7

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1902 · The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition

Age 25

The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition was organized and led by William Speirs Bruce. Him along with Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition completed an exploration of Antarctica. They established the first manned meteorological station, the Orcadas, in 1903 and discovered new land east of the Weddell Sea. The expedition was described as the most cost-effective and carefully planned scientific expedition of the Heroic Age. The Orcadas weather station has been in continuous operation ever since.

Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, Dutch; also found in many other cultures: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of anēr ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great ( 356–323 bc )—or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria ( ad c.250–326 ), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymic surnames, for example Mc Allister . Alexander is a common forename in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America the form Alexander has absorbed many cases of cognate names from other languages, for example Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Greek Alexandropoulos, Russian Aleksandr, etc. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .) It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

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

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Sources (2)

  • Ellen Alexander in household of Henry Alexander, "Scotland Census, 1891"
  • Helen Alexander in household of Henry Alexander, "Scotland Census, 1881"

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