James Beveridge

Brief Life History of James

When James Beveridge was born on 3 September 1836, in Fordell, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Beveridge, was 51 and his mother, Margaret Penman, was 26. He lived in Dalgety Bay, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1871. He was buried in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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James Beveridge
Margaret Penman
Walter Beveridge
Margaret Beveridge
George Beveridge
James Beveridge
Janet Beveridge

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    1838 · Jenners Department Store Opens its doors

    Jenners was founded by Charles Jenner as a department store for the community. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1892 but, with a new design in mind, the store was reopened in 1895 with new features. It was named Harrods of the North after it was given Royal Warrant in 1911 and was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on its 150th anniversary. It was sold to the House of Fraser in 2005, which in 2008, made much needed improvements to the store.


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    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.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: from Middle English beuerage, beuerich, Old French bevrage ‘drink, liquor’, in particular ‘drink that seals a bargain’, also denoting the bargain itself. The consonant -v- was often lost between vowels in Middle and early modern English, hence variants such as Berridge . The custom of sealing a bargain with a drink was widespread in medieval society. The surname may have denoted someone to whom such a payment was customarily made. Modern Beveridge is chiefly found in Scotland (mainly in Kinross and Fife), where Black says it is pronounced ‘Berridge’ or ‘Berritch’. The main English form is Berridge .

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