Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Minister of Parish of Dumfries, 1871, Dumfries, DFS.
• Occupation: Minister of St. Cuthbert Parish, 1881, Edinburgh, MLN.
• Occupation: Clergyman, 1901, Montreal, CAN.
• Occupation: Clergyman, 1911, Montreal, CAN.
James married Marian R. Simpson. (Marian R. Simpson was born on 3 Mar 1852 in Maxwelltown, KKD and died after 1911.)