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James Wemyss

Birthplace: Wemyss, Fife, Scotland
Death: March 21, 1756
Norton, County Durham, England
Immediate Family:

Son of David Wemyss, 4th Earl of Wemyss and Elizabeth St Clare
Husband of Lady Janet Wemyss
Father of David Wemyss 6th Earl of Wemyss Lord Elcho; Francis Charteris du jure 7th Earl of Wemyss; James Wemyss, I; Anne Wemyss and Frances Wemyss
Brother of David Hamilton Wemyss; Lady Williamina Moore; Lady Elizabeth Wemyss and Margaret Stuart, Countess of Moray

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About James Wemyss

James Wemyss, 5th Earl of Wemyss (30 August 1699 – 21 March 1756) was the son of David Wemyss, 4th Earl of Wemyss.

On 17 September 1720, he married Janet Charteris, heiress of the great Colonel Francis Charteris, and they had four children:

  1. David Wemyss, 6th Earl of Wemyss (1721–1787)
  2. Francis Charteris, 7th Earl of Wemyss (1723–1808)
  3. James Wemyss (1726–1786)
  4. Frances Wemyss (d. 1789)

In 1730, he was key to securing the release his father-in-law from Newgate Prison after he was sentenced to hang for the capital felony of rape.

His second son, Francis, the seventh Earl, legally changed his name to Charteris, his mother's maiden name, on his inheritance of Colonel Charteris's estates and fortune built upon gambling.


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James Wemyss's Timeline

August 30, 1699
Wemyss, Fife, Scotland
July 30, 1721
Wemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
November 7, 1722
October 21, 1723
Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
February 23, 1726
Wemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
October 30, 1727
March 21, 1756
Age 56
Norton, County Durham, England