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James McInnes ??
John McInnes 1804 * James McInnes ???? * James McInnes 1875* James McInnes 1907

James McInnes was born  Lawn Market, Edinburgh, to John McInnes and Christina Scott. , His birth certificate has not been found !!?


I have been searching for James McInnes’s birth year for some time now. It became difficult because our James was not very honest about his age. Certificates I have range him between 1838 to 1845    (an example is in census 1871 age 33 census 1881 age 36).I decided I needed a professional; I emailed a professional geologist at Scots family and asked their advice. They have confirmed James McInnes didn’t get registered so doesn’t have a birth certificate.

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I’m going to use an est. of 1842.         My reason for estimate
My records show James doesn’t appear in the 1841 census with the rest of his family, and with the age given on his death certificate.

John & Christina's children
All born Midlothian ,Scotland
James's parent’s John and Christina had five children. four appear on the 1841 census they are staying at Anchor close, Edinburgh; John’s occupation is a Slater. By 1851 Christina has died (1845)  and, John still living in Edinburgh has none off the children staying with him. Son Thomas is a lodger in the Scott family house and daughter Margaret is staying with her aunt Margaret Scott. It is not known where the other children are.

Margaret McInnes abt 1831

Thomas McInnes abt 1834

John McInnes abt 1836

William McInnes abt 1838
James McInnes abt ????

James reappears in 1867 Married to Annie Rodger they married 15th April 1867 in Selkirk. Annie died before 1872; James’s occupation is a shoemaker & journeyman.

James ‘s second marriage is to Isabella Arthur on the, 15th may 1872 at Logie ,Perth ,Scotland they had two known children Christina Ann McInnes born1873 Bridge of Allan Stirlingshire& James McInnes (g granddad) born 1875 in Glasgow Lanarkshire . Isabella died 1878 Northmaven Shetland. James is working as a boot maker.

James marries again to Marion Inkster from Shetland. They married on the 29th Jan 1879 at Wesleyan chapel Northmaven, Shetland. (1891) they are living at 2 Church lane Shetland with James’s two children. James’s occupation is a boot & shoemaker.

James McInnes
Census 1871 James & Marion living lerwick. .James is a grocer .

1875 james's occupation tramway guard / conductor

Census 1881 James living with Marion & kids at 141Commercial Street, Lerwick.

Census 1891 James living with Marion & kids at 2 Church lane , Lerwick. James is a boot, shoemaker

Census 1901 James and Marion have moved to 79 Albert Street, Edinburgh .James is an employer and is a boot repairer

New address 127 St Leonards street, Edinburgh
James McInnes &
 his Children

1907 James shoemaker

Registered by

Marion died aged 75 in the Royal Infirmary. Edinburgh 25th August 1916 registered by stepson James McInnes James McInnes
James McInnes 1875
James McInnes (shoemaker) died age 74 on the 5th December 1916 in the Royal Asylum, Edinburgh. Registered by son James McInnes

Both are buried Newington Cemetery Edinburgh

Last Updated 13th February 2016