Sir James Dundas, Kt.

Is your surname Dundas?

Research the Dundas family

Sir James Dundas, Kt.'s Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


James Dundas, Kt.

Birthplace: Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Dundas of Arniston and Mary Dundas
Husband of Janet Dundas and Marion A Boyd
Father of Captain Charles Dundas; James Dundas; Doctor Alexander Dundas; Christian Dundas; Marion McCall and 5 others
Brother of Robert Dundas, of Harvieston and Mary Dundas

Managed by: Oliver Marcus Stedall
Last Updated:

About Sir James Dundas, Kt.

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"Sir James Dundas, Lord Arniston (died 1679) was a Scottish member of parliament, and judge...

...He was son of Sir James Dundas of Arniston, Midlothian, governor of Berwick under James I, by Marie, daughter of George Home of Wedderburn. He was educated at the University of St. Andrews. In 1639, he signed the national covenant; in 1640 he was appointed an elder of the church, and on 16 November 1641, he was knighted by Charles I...

...Though not a trained lawyer, he was nominated an ordinary lord of session, and assumed the title of Lord Arniston, on 16 May 1662; and having satisfied the court of his knowledge of law was admitted to the College of Justice on 4 June...

...Dundas died at Arniston in October 1679...

...He married, first, in 1641, Marion, daughter of Robert Boyd, 8th Lord Boyd, by whom he had one son, Robert Dundas, also a lord of session, and three daughters; secondly, Janet, daughter of Sir Adam Hepburn of Humbie, and widow of Sir John Cockburn of Ormiston, by whom he had three sons; thirdly, in 1666, Helen, daughter of Sir James Skene, president of the court of session, and widow of Sir Charles Erskine of Alva."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'James Dundas, Lord Arniston', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 April 2012, 22:50 UTC, <,_Lord_Arniston&oldid=485243435> [accessed 12 November 2012]

Other References

Hardy-Bertram McCall, Memoirs of My Ancestors 1884 writes.. The history and Lineage of the family may be seen in Burke's Landed Gentry, and almost every other work on the same subject.

Senator of the College of Justice.

Knighted by Charles 1st 1641.

Attended St. Andrews University 1635.

A strong Presbyterian. King Charles the 1st made a grave error in attempting to establish an Episcopal form of Church/government in Scotland and the result was that the whole country united in resisting the change. The first copies of the National Covenant were signed in 1638 and James Dundas of Arniston was amongst those who signed it.

Sir James Dundas was a member of Parliament for the county of Edinburgh and in 1662 was elevated to the bench as Lord Arniston. When required to sign a declaration renouncing the Solemn League and Covenant, he refused unless allowed to add "except in so far as such leagues might lead to deeds of actual rebellion." For this misdemeanour, he forfeited his gown and retired to Arniston.


view all 15

Sir James Dundas, Kt.'s Timeline

Midlothian, Scotland
Age 28
Age 30
Age 30
Age 40
Age 43
Age 48
Age 59
Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom