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James Clelland Burns

Male 1832 - 1908  (76 years)


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  • Name James Clelland Burns 
    Born 17 Jun 1832 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Dec 1908 
    Person ID I173665  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 

    Father Sir George (1st Bt of Wemyss Bay) Burns,   b. 10 Dec 1795, Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1890  (Age 94 years) 
    Mother Jane Cleland,   b. 1793,   d. 1877  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1822 
    Family ID F32223  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • James Clelland Burns lived in Glenlee House, Hamilton around 1870 till 1880, with his wife Louisa and five young daughters, Selina, Jane, Grace, Margaret and later baby Bessie. James was described as a man with no guile, a most trustworthy, amiable and best liked of men. He was instrumental in the establishment of Free Libraries and a supporter of the Organisation of Charity. He was noted as a 'terror to evil-doers, and a prise and protection to them that do well'.
      James was the second of the two sons of Sir George Burns, who pioneered transatlantic shipping services and was a founder of the Cunard Steamship Co. James became a shipping magnate in his own right in a partnership known as the Burns and Laird Shipping Line, which operated between Scotland and Ireland, transporting cargo, stock and passengers to Belfast, Dublin, Londonderry from Broomlielaw and Greenock. James was also a Director in the Cunard Steamship Co., founded by his father Sir George Burns.
      James C Burns came from a truly great shipping family. His older brother John succeeded his father Sir George in 1860 to become 1st Baronet of Inverclyde, and inherited the family estate at Wemyss Castle.