Robert Swan Aitchison (1854 - 1937)

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Robert Swan Aitchison
1854 - 1937
updated February 06, 2019
Robert Swan Aitchison, father to 2 children, was born on June 7, 1854 in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom. He was born to Jane (Swan) Aitchison and James Aitchison, with siblings Isabella and William. He was baptized at Edinburgh, Scotland. Robert's partner was Jessie Pepper-Staveley, and they gave birth to George Staveley Aitchison and Nerina Jane Aitchison. Robert died on February 25, 1937 in Ifield, England United Kingdom at 82 years old.

Lived in Edinburgh 1850s - 1900s.
Lived at Woldhurstlea, Ifield, Sussex 1913-1921.
Lived at The Craigan, (Woldhurstlea estate) Ifield 1921 -1932.
Lived at the Dower House, Woldhurstlea, Ifield 1933- 1937.

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Robert Aitchison was born on in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


Robert Aitchison died on in Ifield, Sussex County, England United Kingdom

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St Margaret of Antioch Churchyard, in Ifield, Sussex County, England United Kingdom RH11



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at - St Cuthbert's, in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Ifield, Sussex County, England United Kingdom RH11


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Jane (Swan) Aitchison
Sep 29, 1826 - Mar 8, 1912
Edinburgh, Scotland
James Aitchison
Aug 26, 1808 - Feb 28, 1888


Isabella Burnet (Aitchison) Macfarlane
Jun 20, 1849 - Oct 15, 1911
William Aitchison
Oct 20, 1850 - Sep 14, 1928

Robert Swan Aitchison & Jessie Georgina Annie (Pepper-Staveley) Aitchison


Jessie Georgina Annie (Pepper-Staveley) Aitchison
Aug 28, 1869 - Jun 25, 1945
Ifield, England


George Staveley Aitchison
May 19, 1894 - Sep 1, 1925
Ifield, England
Nerina Jane Aitchison
Nov 15, 1892 - Apr 23, 1897
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


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Robert Swan Aitchison, father to 2 children, died on February 25, 1937 in Ifield, England United Kingdom at 82 years old. He was buried in St Margaret of Antioch Churchyard, Ifield, England United Kingdom. Robert was born on June 7, 1854 in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom. He was born to Jane (Swan) Aitchison and James Aitchison, with siblings Isabella and William. Robert's partner was Jessie Pepper-Staveley, and they gave birth to George Staveley Aitchison and Nerina Jane Aitchison.
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In 1854, in the year that Robert Swan Aitchison was born, on May 30th, the Kansas–Nebraska Act became law. The act created both the Kansas Territory and the Nebraska Territory, which would determine for themselves if they would be pro-slavery or free. Both territories allowed slavery but it caused contention within the territories.

In 1871, he was 17 years old when on July 20th, British Columbia became the 6th province of Canada. While Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia, Victoria was chosen as the capital..

In 1886, when he was 32 years old, on February 14th, the first train left Los Angeles for the East -by the way of the transcontinental railroad - with a cargo of oranges. Due to irrigation and the import of water, Los Angeles was the ideal place to grow oranges - which became a popular addition to Christmas stockings.

In 1890, by the time he was 36 years old, on January 2nd, Alice Sanger became the first female staffer to work in the White House. She was hired as a stenographer and, as such, took dictation.

In 1937, in the year of Robert Swan Aitchison's passing, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

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