James was a blacksmith in Outhgill. In 1791, a decline in trade caused by the French Revolution, caused James and his wife, Margaret, to move their family to London where he found work with fellow Sandemanian ironmonger James Boyd of Welbeck Street, Marylebone, England.
The family settled first in Gilbert Street shortly after arriving in London, moving to Jacob's Well Mews in about 1779 and then to 18 Weymouth Street in the summer of 1809, where James died just over a year later.
- Notes: Profession, business in Outhgill, move to london (and cause), homes in London, employer in London, religion, date of death.
- Notes: Likely worship with Sandemanian congregation in Kirkby Stephen.