Mary Farmer

Femaleabout 1840–7 June 1886

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Farmer was born about 1840, in Dairsie, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, David Farmer, was 29 and her mother, Robina Collvill, was 30. She married David Gilmour on 2 December 1859. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Leslie, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851. In 1851, at the age of 12, her occupation is listed as bleacher. She died on 7 June 1886, in Dysart, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 47.

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David Gilmour
Mary Farmer
Marriage: 2 December 1859
Robina Gilmour
Robert Gilmour
Helen Gilmour
Mary Gilmour
David Gilmour

Sources (7)

  • Mary Gilmour in household of David Gilmour, "Scotland Census, 1871"
  • Mary Farmer in entry for Helen Gilmour, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Mary Gilmour in household of David Gilmour, "Scotland Census, 1881"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 December 1859
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)


    Age 3

    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    1843 · The Disruption in the Church of Scotland

    Age 3

    The Disruption of 1843 was a division within the Church of Scotland, which 474 evangelical ministers of the Church broke away from the Church to form the Free Church of Scotland. They didn’t reject the principles of the Church of Scotland but were trying to establish a purer version of the Church without the King or Parliament being its head. It had huge effects not only within the Church of Scotland, but also with Scottish civic life.

    1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

    Age 14

    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.

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name from Middle English fermo(u)r, fermer and Anglo-Norman French fermer (Old French fermier, medieval Latin firmarius). The term denoted in the first instance a tax farmer, one who undertook the collection of taxes, revenues, and imposts, paying a fixed (Latin firmus) sum for the proceeds, and only secondarily someone who rented land for the purpose of cultivation; it was not applied to an owner of cultivated land before the 17th century.

    Irish: Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Mac an Scolóige ‘son of the husbandman’, a rare surname of northern and western Ireland.

    Americanized form (translation into English) of French Terrien ‘owner of a farmland’ or of its altered form Therrien . Compare Pharmer .

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

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