James Cowan


Brief Life History of James

James Cowan was born in 1847, in Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. He married Agnes Millar Dick on 1 March 1867, in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861 and Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 30 years.

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James Cowan
Agnes Millar Dick
Marriage: 1 March 1867
James Cowan
Julann McGregor Cowen
Margaret Gillespie Cowan
Lily Cowan
Agnes Cowan
Martha Cowan
Robert Dick Cowan
Jane or Iranie Cowan
Isabella Cowan
Helen Dick Cowan
John Robertson Cowan

Sources (15)

  • James Cowan in household of James Cowan, "Scotland Census, 1861"
  • James Cowan, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"
  • James Cowan in entry for James Miller and Lily Cowan, "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 March 1867Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children (11)

    +6 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1847 · The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland is established.

    Age 0

    The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland was formed in 1847. For most of its existence the United Presbyterian Church was the third largest Presbyterian Church in Scotland and flourished in Scotland for 53 years. After being reunited with the Church of Scotland in 1929, it continues to bring relief to the local communities.

    1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

    Age 7

    Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

    1878 · Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank.

    Age 31

    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.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and Manx: shortened form of McOwen and McKeown . See also McEwen .

    Sottish and Manx: from a shortened form of Irish Ó Comhdhain and Mac Comhdhain ‘descendant or son of Comhdan’ or Gaelic Mac Comhghain ‘son of Comhghan (‘the twin’). Pronounced to rhyme with Owen, the name sometimes appears as Coan and Cohen in Down, and has been used interchangeably with Irish Coyne in Connacht and McIlhone in Tyrone. In the Isle of Man the name is pronounced /'kauən/ (with Cow- as in English cow).

    Scottish and Manx: sometimes a variant of Colquhoun , pronounced Cohoon in Scotland and Cahoon in Ulster.

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

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