Gilbert Morrison

Brief Life History of Gilbert

When Gilbert Morrison was born on 7 May 1791, in Nesting, Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, William Morrison, was 31 and his mother, Catherine Leisk or Leask, was 25. He married Margaret Nicholson on 29 October 1816, in Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851. He died about 1858, at the age of 68.

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Gilbert Morrison
Margaret Nicholson
Marriage: 29 October 1816
William Morrison
George Reid Morrison
Thomas Morrison
Jean Morrison
Margaret Morrison

Sources (14)

  • Gilbert Morrison, "Scotland Census, 1851"
  • Gilbt. Morrison, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Gilbert Morrison, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"

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Name Meaning

Irish: from Ó Muirgheasáin ‘descendant of Muirgheasán’, a diminutive of Muirgheas, a personal name meaning ‘sea valor’.

Scottish: from Gaelic Mac Moireasdain ‘son of Moireasdan’, a personal name cognate with Irish Muirgheasán’ (see 1 above).

Scottish and English: patronymic from the personal name Morris .

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

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