Jane Alexander

30 November 1862–28 September 1955 (Age 92)
Avondale, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Jane

When Jane Alexander was born on 30 November 1862, in Avondale, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, William Alexander, was 42 and her mother, Jane Smith, was 26. She had at least 4 sons and 5 daughters with Peter Duff. She died on 28 September 1955, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 92.

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Family Time Line

Peter Duff
Jane Alexander
Catherine McK. Duff
Annie A. Duff
Jeanie S. Duff
Catherine McKinnon Duff
Henry Adam Duff
Janet C. Duff
William Alexander Duff
Peter A. Duff
John K. Duff

Spouse and Children

    Peter Duff





    Catherine McK. Duff


    Annie A. Duff


    Jeanie S. Duff


    Catherine McKinnon Duff


    Henry Adam Duff


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    William Alexander


    Jane Smith




    Alexander Smith Alexander



    Elizabeth Alexander


    Janet Alexander


World Events (8)

1868 · The Representation of the people (Scotland) Act 1868

Age 6

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 was passed by Parliament and allowed for the creation of seven additional Scottish seats in the House of Commons. Along with the seats, Two University constituencies were created. These each returned one member to Parliament.

Age 22

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1890 · Opening of the Forth Railway Bridge.

Age 28

The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge across the Firth of Forth river in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of Edinburgh City Center. It is considered as a symbol of Scotland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was opened on 4 March and was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1919. It is still in operation.

Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, Dutch; also found in many other cultures: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of anēr ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great ( 356–323 bc )—or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria ( ad c.250–326 ), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymic surnames, for example Mc Allister . Alexander is a common forename in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America the form Alexander has absorbed many cases of cognate names from other languages, for example Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Greek Alexandropoulos, Russian Aleksandr, etc. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .) It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Jane Alexander Duff in entry for Henry Adam Duff, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Jane Alexander in the 1891 Scotland Census
  • Jane Duff in the 1901 Scotland Census

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