James Simpson

ID# 5089, (c 1775 - 26 Jun 1860)

James Simpson was born c 1775 at Tranent, Haddingtonshire, Scotland ,

Cannot locate details regarding any David and Catherine Simpson/Simson
As this information comes from James's death certificate - suspect it could be incorrect.

Due to naming patterns in Scotland, Robert, William and James are the most common male names coming down the lines.

I have located a possible birth:
James Simpson, born 9 Oct 1773 and Baptised 17 Oct 1773 in Tranent East Lothian
Parents: Robert Simpson & Catherine Sword.

There is a marriage of a Robert Simpson to Catharine Sword, 21 March 1772, Tranent East Lothian

Also a child Thomas Simson born 24 April 1785, Bapt 1 May 1785, Salton East Lothian.

More research is required.

He was the son of David Simpson and Catherine Sorrell.

James Simpson married Janet Houden, daughter of John Houden and Janet Ladley, c 1795 at Salton, Haddingtonshire, Scotland .

James appeared on the 1841 Scottish Census of 6 Jun 1841, at Burnfoot, Saltoun, Haddingtonshire, Scotland ;
SIMPSON James, 65, Lime M, East Lothian

This is a good possible for James.1

James appeared on the 1851 Scottish Census of 30 Mar 1851 in the household of Henry Simpson at Addinstone, Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland ;
SIMPSON Henry, Head, 30, Farm Lab, Salton, Haddington
SIMPSON Alison, Wife, 17 (sic), Channelkirk, Berwick
SIMPSON William, Son, 6, Lauder Berwick
SIMPSON Less (sic most likely Jess), Dau, 4, Lauder
SIMPSON Henry, Son, 2, Lauder
SIMPSON James, Father, 77, Labourer, Tranent Haddington East Lothian.2

James died on 26 Jun 1860 at Lauder, Berwickshire, Berwickshire,

James Simpson, Labourer, Widower
At 0:50pm aged 85yrs
Parents: David Simpson Farm Servant (dec) & Catherine Simpson MS Sorrel ? (dec)

Henry Simpson, Son was present at his death.3,4

James's cause of death on 26 Jun 1860 was from Old Age.

James was buried on 28 Jun 1860 at Lauder Churchyard, Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland .

James and Janet had 4 known children, may be more.

Children of James Simpson and Janet Houden

FatherDavid Simpson (c 1750 - )
MotherCatherine Sorrell (c 1750 - )


  1. [S82] 1841 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 6 June 1841), 1841 Saltoun East Lothian, 719/ ED 1. Hereinafter cited as 1841 Scottish Census.
  2. [S28] 1851 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 30 March 1851), 1851 Lauder Berwick, 748/ ED 1A Line 16. Hereinafter cited as 1851 Scottish Census.
  3. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  4. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1860 Lauder Berwick, 748/00 0016. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.