- Born: 20 August 1705, Riddle's Close, Leith
- Christened: 31 August 1705, South Leith, Scotland
- Marriage: Cecilia Elphinstone in August 1737 330
- Died: 6 March 1795, Pilrig House, Edinburgh aged 89
- Buried: 1795, Parish Church, South Leith, Scotland
Author of 'Delineation of the Nature and Obligation of Morality','Philosophical Essays' (1768) and 'Philosophical Dissertations' (1782).
James married Cecilia Elphinstone, daughter of Sir John Elphinstone and Mary Elliot, in August 1737.330 (Cecilia Elphinstone was born in 1704, christened on 30 June 1704 in Edinburgh and died in 1780.)