Roberta Chalmers Cannon

Female14 February 1950–21 August 2000

Brief Life History of Roberta Chalmers

When Roberta Chalmers Cannon was born on 14 February 1950, in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, William Cannon, was 42 and her mother, Margaret McLAREN, was 38. She died on 21 August 2000, at the age of 50.

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William Cannon
Margaret McLAREN
Elizabeth CANNON
William CANNON
Roberta Chalmers Cannon

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    Age 3

    Queen Elizabeth II crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London.

    1957 · Scottish Television starts broadcasting.

    Age 7

    Scottish Television was founded by Roy Thomson, the owner of a Canadian newspaper, when he bought the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. Thomson invited Rai Purdy, a Canadian television producer, to become the station's first head of programming. In the months leading up to opening night, Purdy pledged that the new channel would provide first class entertainment. Today it still broadcasts first class entertainment and is the second oldest franchise in Scotland but the Largest of the three ITV franchises in Scotland.

    1968 · The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland permits the ordination of women as ministers.

    Age 18

    Reverend Catherine McConnachie became the first female ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland after Mary Levison petitioned the General Assembly for ordination in 1963. It wasn’t long until the local Presbyterian Church’s elders came together with the General Assembly and changed its legislation to allow the ordination of women as elders in 1966 and as ministers in 1968. Today there are many women serving the Church of Scotland as ministers, elders, and deaconess.

    Name Meaning

    Irish: Anglicized form of Ó Canann or Ó Canáin ‘descendant of Cano or Canán’. Occasionally, and in the Isle of Man, the surname derives from Mac Canann ‘son of Cano or Canán’, which in Ireland was Anglicized McCann or McConnon . See also Connon . The personal name is from Gaelic cano ‘wolf cub’, of which Canán is a diminutive. In Ulster Cannon may also be shortened from Ó Canannáin ‘descendant of Canannán’, a pet form (double diminutive) of the personal name. This was a cheiftan family in Donegal, and the name was particularly common there.

    English: from Middle English canun ‘canon’ (Old Norman French canonie, canoine, from Late Latin canonicus). In medieval England this term denoted a clergyman living with others in a clergy house; the surname is mostly an occupational name for a servant in a house of canons, although it could also be a nickname or even a patronymic.

    French: variant of Canon .

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

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