and I am the fourth generation; but fifth holder of that name.
If anyone has additional information helping to identify its source, I would appreciate receiving it.
The name suddenly appears in 1839 with the birth of my G-Grandfather, without obvious sources, either collectively or individually.
For all its apparent importance in my direct line, it does not appear completely or partially in collateral or earlier lines that I am aware of.
Legend has it that "Simpson" is connected with the ancestral family of Sir James Young Simpson (Anasthaesia Gynaecology); but again I have not been able to establish this, the only clue being that the wife of the first ALSD was Barbara Young.
All are based in and around Edinburgh, Scotland.
Gen 4 ALSD 5 (Self) b 1935
Gen 3 ALSD 4 (Father) b 1900, d 1977
Gen 2 ALSD 3 (Grandfather) b 1872, d 1917 ALSD 2 ("brother" of Grandfather) b 1864, d 1866
Gen 1 ALSD 1 (Great-Grandfather) b 1839, d 1914 married Barbara Young, b 1843, d 1874
Gen 0 George Dow (2xG-Grandfather) b 1795, d bef 1881 married Janet Bailie, b abt 1800, d bef 1881