Jessie Main

28 October 1853–15 January 1949 (Age 95)
Hopeman, Morayshire, Scotland

The Life of Jessie

When Jessie Main was born on 28 October 1853, in Hopeman, Morayshire, Scotland, her father, Daniel Main, was 28 and her mother, Janet Main, was 22. She married William Davidson on 19 October 1876, in Hopeman, Morayshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 40 years. She died on 15 January 1949, in Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 95, and was buried in Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

William Davidson
Jessie Main
Marriage: 19 October 1876
William Davidson
Jessie Davidson
Daniel Davidson
Jane Davidson
Annie Main Davidson
Alexander Davidson
Helen or Ellen Davidson
James Davidson

Spouse and Children

19 October 1876
Hopeman, Morayshire, Scotland, United Kingdom


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Janet Main


    John Main


    Ann Main


    Alexander Main


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Age 1

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.
1857 · Police (Scotland) Act 1857

Age 4

The Police Act 1857 was an Act put into place by Parliament to establish a mandatory police force in every county of Scotland.
1878 · Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank.

Age 25

Because of a discovery of a £7,000 deficit, City of Glasgow Bank halted operations from November to December 1877. After 10 months after reopening, the bank’s directors announced the bank, itself, had filed bankruptcy. The closure showed a net liability of over £6 million. The bank was so successful with telling people that it wasn’t in error, that the Bank's shares were selling for more than double of what they were actually worth. The bank’s directors were arrested and tried at the High Court. All were found guilty and sentenced to terms of imprisonment. Many Glasgow businesses failed as a result of the bankruptcy and shareholders were called to replenish the bank's losses. One shareholder argued that he had become a shareholder unknowing the fraudulent actions of the bank. Wide effects of the collapse have been seen in limited growth in liability and extensive problems with temporary banking liquidity.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: from a reduced form of the Scandinavian personal name Magnus .2 Scottish: topographic name for a farmer who farmed the main farm on an estate.3 Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: from the Continental Germanic personal name Maino, Meino, a short form of the various compound names with a first element magin ‘strength’, ‘might’.

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

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Story Highlight

"My Mother" taken from the Personal History of Roland Sutherland Davidson written in 1978

My mother’s name is Jane Sutherland Davidson, she was called “Jennie”. She was born on January 29, 1979 at Hopeman, Morayshire, Scotland. Her father’s name is William Sutherland. Her mother’s name …

Sources (3)

  • Jessie Main Davidson, Wife, "British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices"
  • Jessie Main Davidson, "British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices"
  • Jessie Main in entry for John Cormack and Annie Main Davidson, "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932"

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