John Dick

22 November 1785–
Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Dick was born on 22 November 1785, in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, George Dick, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Fulton, was 35. He had at least 3 sons and 2 daughters with Helen Jackson.

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John Dick
1785–
Helen Jackson
1797–
Helen Dick
1813–
Robert Dick
1815–1907
Elisabeth Dick
1817–
John Dick V
1819–
Charles Dick
1821–1896

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World Events (8)

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

Age 17

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.
1815

Age 30

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1817 · Dryburgh Abbey Bridge

Age 32

Dryburgh Abbey Bridge was a cable-stayed footbridge that connected the villages of Dryburgh and St. Boswells, across the River Tweed. Before its construction, A ferry crossing service had existed here for centuries. It was originally 79 meters long and was undergoing a period of rapid growth in popularity. The Bridge was completed on August 1 but a few months later it collapsed. Very shortly after the collapse, another bridge was built further downstream. A new bridge, which still stands today, was constructed after the first World War.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and English: from a short form of Richard . Although found in every part of Britain, the form Dick is especially common in Scotland, and it was from there, in the 17th century, that the surname was taken to northern Ireland.2 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Middle High German dic(ke) ‘thick’, ‘strong’, ‘stout’, or in the case of the Jewish name from modern German dick ‘fat’ or Yiddish dik.3 German: topographic name for someone who lived by a thicket or patch of thick undergrowth, from Middle High German dicke, a special use of dic(ke) ‘thick’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Dick in household of Robert Dick, "Scotland Census, 1861"
  • John Diek in entry for Robert Diek, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"
  • John Dick in entry for Charles Dick, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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