John Ross

Brief Life History of John

John Ross was born from 1799 to 1801, in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. He married Margaret Carruthers on 7 March 1823, in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. He died in 1842, in his hometown, and was buried in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

John Ross
1799–1842
Margaret Carruthers
1797–1883
Marriage: 7 March 1823
Jane Jardine Ross
1822–1863
William Ross
1825–1844
Sarah Jardine Ross
1827–
Margaret Wright Ross
1829–
Elizabeth Ross
1832–1895
Barbara Graham Harkness Ross
1837–

Sources (7)

  • John Ross, "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910"
  • John Ross in entry for William Alexander Harkness Ross, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • John Ross in entry for Barbara Graham Harkness Ross, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

World Events (6)

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

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

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

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

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from one or other of a number of Scottish and English places called Ross or Roos(e), especially Roose (Lancashire) and Roos (East Yorkshire). The placenames derive from a British ancestor of Welsh rhos ‘moor, heath, plain’, which is the sense of the cognate Gaelic word ros. The Scottish surname has at least three origins. First, the Anglo-Norman family from Roos (East Yorkshire) was introduced to Scotland when Robert of Roos, lord of Wark Castle (Northumberland), married Isabella, an illegitimate daughter of King William the Lion. Second, various families took the name from the province of Ross in northern Scotland and other places of that name. Third, there were Norman families in Scotland by the 13th century who probably derived their name from Rots in Normandy (see 2 below). The descendants of Godfrey de Ros, tenant of the de Morville lords of Cunninghame, were major landholders in Ayrshire, and almost certainly took their name from Rots. The Rose family of Kilravock (Nairnshire) may take their name from either of these three (see Rose ). The lairds of Balnagown adopted the surname Ross after the earldom of Ross (to which they considered themselves rightful heirs) had passed into other hands through the female line.

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Rots in Calvados (France), probably named with the ancient Germanic element rod ‘clearing’ (compare Rhodes ). This was the original home of a family de Ros, who were established in Kent in 1130 and had major estates in Kent until well into the 13th century.

English: habitational name from Wrose, in Shipley, near Bradford (Yorkshire), with re-spelling of Wr- as R- due to the loss of /w/ before /r/ in early modern English pronunciation. The spelling Wrose is no longer current. The placename derives from Old English wrāse ‘knot, something twisted’, referring to the steep-sided hill on which the settlement stands, with the sense ‘broken or twisting hill’.

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

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