John Smith

7 November 1881–8 November 1954 (Age 73)
Collessie, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Smith was born on 7 November 1881, in Collessie, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Smith, was 35 and his mother, Isobel Dryburgh, was 35. He married Mary McDougall Chaplain on 26 March 1920, in Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Crail, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1891. He died on 8 November 1954, in Cupar, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 73.

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Family Time Line

John Smith
Mary McDougall Chaplain
Marriage: 26 March 1920
Jane Campbell Smith
Ronald John Smith
Stanley Scott Smith

Spouse and Children

26 March 1920
Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    Robert Smith


    Isobel Dryburgh




    Alexander Smith


    William Dryburgh Smith


    Robert Smith


    George Dryburgh Smith


    Duncan Dryburgh Smith


+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1885 · Creation of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Age 4

The post of Secretary for Scotland was established in 1885 after the need arose after establishing different departments for the benefit of the communities.
1902 · The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition

Age 21

The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition was organized and led by William Speirs Bruce. Him along with Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition completed an exploration of Antarctica. They established the first manned meteorological station, the Orcadas, in 1903 and discovered new land east of the Weddell Sea. The expedition was described as the most cost-effective and carefully planned scientific expedition of the Heroic Age. The Orcadas weather station has been in continuous operation ever since.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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Sources (2)

  • John Smith in household of Robert Smith, "Scotland Census, 1891"
  • John Smith, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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