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James Pasley of Craig

Birthdate: (79)
Death: April 13, 1773 (78-79)
Place of Burial: Langholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of James Pasley, Merchant and N. N.
Husband of Magdalen Elliot; (2) Mary Clark and (3) Agnes Martin
Father of Robert Pasley of Craig and Mount Annan; James Pasley; John Pasley; Gilbert Pasley, Surgeon; Elizabeth Pasley and 6 others
Brother of Thomas Pasley, Merchant in Lisbon; Robert Pasley, Wright in Burn and Jean Pasley
Half brother of John Pasley and William Pasley, merchant in Langholm

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About James Pasley of Craig


merchant in Langholm

James Pasley of Craig is the third son but ultimate heir of James Pasley, Merchant at Langholm in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. The name of his mother is not known.

Armorial Ensigns

In December 1747 the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland granted Armorial Ensigns to James Paisley of Craig. The blazon is described as follows:

"Azure, on a chevron between three roses Argent, as many thistles Vert" The Crest above the shield is a right arm clad in armour from the shoulder, grasping a dagger, all in natural colours. The Motto is "Be Sure". [Journal of the Paisley Family Society, Volume I (May 1989. page 23]


James Pasley of Craig died on 13 April 1773. [Journal of the Paisley Family Society, Volume I (May 1989. page 24]


James Pasley of Craig is buried in the churchyard at Westerkirk in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. [Journal of the Paisley Family Society, Volume I (May 1989. page 24]


Charles Pasley, the youngest son of James Pasley of Craig and his wife Magdalen Elliot, placed a stone in memory of his parents in the wall of the church at Westerkirk. It was later restored bt Sir Rodney Marshall Sabine Pasley. The memorial stone reads as follows:

"In memory of James Pasley, Esq., of Craig, who died 13th April 1773, aged 78. An of his spouse, Magdalen Elliot, of Middlemiln, who died 24th Sept. 1757, aged 57 years. During 31 years in wedlock they were blessed with 7 sons and 4 daughters. Their many virtues secured to them a degree of felicity rarely enjoyed in this world. Their conjugal affection was only equalled by their love of their children and care in forming their principles. In commemmoration of which this is errected by their youngest son, Charles Pasley, 1780." Journal of the Paisley Family Society, Volume I (May 1989. page 24]

First Marriage

James Pasley of Craig married Magdalen Elliot Scotland Marriages Their request for public proclamation was booked at Langholm in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, on 1 January 1726, and they were married on 21 January following. The booking reads as follows: "Janr 1 1726 James Pasley & Mrs Magdalen Eliot sister to Midlem mill gave up their names & being orderly proclaimed were married Januar 21" [National Records of Scotland, Langholm Marriages, 1668-1819, reference OPR.839/2].

Second Marriage

James Pasley of Craig married Mary Clark. The marriage was booked at Westerkirk on 28 November 1761 Scotland Marriages

Third Marriage

James Pasley of Craig married Agnes Martin. The marriage was booked at Canonbie 18 March 1772 Scotland Marriages


James Pasley of Craig and his first wife, Magdalen Elliot, had eleven children:

  1. Robert Pasley of Craig and Mount Annan
  2. James Pasley
  3. John Pasley
  4. Gilbert Pasley, Surgeon
  5. Elizabeth Pasley
  6. Admiral, Sir Thomas Pasley, Baronet
  7. Helen Pasley
  8. William Pasley
  9. Charles Pasley, merchant in Lisbom
  10. Margaret Pasley
  11. Magdalen Pasley
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James Pasley of Craig's Timeline

January 1727
Age 33
December 30, 1728
Age 34
Age 35
January 14, 1731
Age 37
probably at Westerkirk parish in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
June 4, 1732
Age 38
probably at Westerkirk parish, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
March 2, 1734
Age 40
probably in Westerkirk parish, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Age 42
Age 44