James Fisher

Brief Life History of James

When James Fisher was born on 15 March 1861, in Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland, his father, William Fisher, was 24 and his mother, Margaret Beatson, was 19. He married Janet Watters on 31 December 1886, in Fife, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 10 years and Leith, Midlothian, Scotland in 1901. He died on 1 August 1919, in North Leith, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 58.

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Family Time Line

James Fisher
1861–1919
Janet Watters
1867–1930
Marriage: 31 December 1886
William Fisher
1888–
Janet Horne Fisher
1893–1893
Catherine Fisher
1894–1896
Jeannie Fisher
1897–
Margaret Strang Watters Fisher
1889–1959
David Watters Fisher
1891–
Elizabeth Paul Fisher
1899–1965

Sources (4)

  • James Fisher, "Scotland Census, 1881"
  • James Fisher, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • James Fisher, "Scotland Census, 1891"

World Events (8)

1868 · The Representation of the people (Scotland) Act 1868

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 was passed by Parliament and allowed for the creation of seven additional Scottish seats in the House of Commons. Along with the seats, Two University constituencies were created. These each returned one member to Parliament.

1874 · Patronage abolished in the Church of Scotland.

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.

1878 · Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank.

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

English: occupational name for a fisherman, from Middle English fis(sc)her(e) ‘fisherman’ (Old English fiscere). In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from many other languages, including German Fischer and its Slavic(ized) variant Fišer (see Fiser ), Dutch Visser , Hungarian Halász (see Halasz ), Italian Pescatore , Slovenian Ribič (see Ribic ), and Croatian Ribić or Ribar .

English: in a few cases, possibly a topographic name for someone who lived near a fish weir on a river, from Middle English fis(sc)hwere, fisshyar ‘fish weir’ (Old English fiscwer, fiscgear), or a habitational name from a place so named, such as Fisher in North Mundham, Sussex.

Irish: translation into English of Gaelic Ó Bradáin ‘descendant of Bradán’, a personal name meaning ‘salmon’. See Braden .

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

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