James Fergusson (c.1688 - 1759)

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Birthplace: Dailly, South Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Death: Died
Occupation: Lord Kilkerran
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About James Fergusson

Biographical Summary

"Sir James Fergusson, or Ferguson, Baronet [S. 1703], of Kilkerran, 1st s. and h., b. about 1688; adm. Advocate, 18 Feb. 1711 ; suc. to the Baronetcy, Feb. 1729, and was served heir gen. of his father, 2 July 1734 ; was M.P. for Sutherlandshire, 1734-35 ; was a Lord of Session, 7 Nov. 1735, and a, Lord of Justiciary, 3 April 1749, under the style of Lord Kilkerran. He m. (contract 3 and 8 Sept. 1726) Jean, only da. and h. of James Maitland, styled Viscount Maitland, by Mary Jean, da. of John (Gordon), Earl of Sutherland [S.]. He d. near Edinburgh, 20 Jan. 1759, aged 71. His widow, who was b. 7 Dec. 1703, d. 29 March, and was bur. 6 April 1766 in the Sutherland burial place at Holyrood abbey."

SOURCE: Complete baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1904; Vol. IV; page 418

"Eldest son of Sir John Fergusson, the first baronet of Kilkerran, and Jean Whiteford, daughter of James Whiteford of Dinduff, succeeded his father in 1729. He was admitted advocate, 20th February 1711; and elected member for the county of Sutherland to Parliament, in 1734. He was elevated to the bench, 7th November 1735, in the room of Adam Cockburn of Ormiston; and nominated a Lord of Justiciary, on the 3d April 1749, on the promotion of Charles Erskine of Tinwald; and retained both offices till his death, which took place at his house near Edinburgh, 20th February 1759, aged seventy-one."

SOURCE: An Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice: From Its Institution in MDXXXII; by George Brunton, David Haig; 1832; Page 505


Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, 2nd Baronet (Lord Kilkerran)'s Timeline

July 17, 1688
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Dailly, South Ayrshire, United Kingdom
August 27, 1726
Age 38
Edinburgh, Scotland
May 8, 1733
Age 45
Ayrshire, Scotland
- November 7, 1735
Age 46
November 7, 1735
Age 47
January 26, 1740
Age 52
Age 53
Edinburgh, Scotland
August 25, 1743
Age 55
Kilkerran, Ayrshire, Scotland
January 20, 1759
Age 71