John ALEXANDER

1772–
Gorbals, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John ALEXANDER was born on 25 October 1772, in Gorbals, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, David Alexander, was 31 and his mother, Agnes Millar, was 29. He married Agnes Easton on 29 November 1807, in Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters.

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John ALEXANDER
1772–
Agnes Easton
1785–1873
Marriage: 29 November 1807
David Alexander
1808–
Mary Alexander
1810–
Magdalane Alexander
1812–
John Alexander
1815–
Thomas Alexander
1817–
Agnes Alexander
1823–
Marion Alexander
1825–

Spouse & Children

MARRIAGE
29 November 1807
Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland
children

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World Events (7)

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

Age 30

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.
1811 · The Tron Riot

Age 39

The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.
1815

Age 43

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

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • John Alexander in entry for Marion Alexander, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • John Alexander in entry for David Alexander, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • John Alexander in entry for Agnes Alexander, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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