(1746 - 1776)
James Bain was
born on 27 March 1760 in Longniddry, Tranent, East Lothian. He was
christened on 30 March 1760 in Gladmuir and was the first child
and eldest son of William
Bain and Katherine Watson. Little is known about the early
years of James life, but he did go to Edinburgh University - most
likely the first in him immediate family to do so.
He was appointed
Schoomaster of Dumfermline in Fife after completing his education.
On 23 Aug 1775 married Anne Turcan in Tranent,
East Lothian. The marriage is also recorded in Dumfermline Fife.
Anne was born
in 1752 in Scoonie Fife, where she was christened on 2 Aug 1752.
She was the daughter of John Turcan and Beatrice Turcan
(his cousin). John was educated at the University of Edinburgh in
1736 at the time of the Porteous Mob, and was present in the crowd
on which Porteous fired. He was appointed Parish Schoolmaster of
Tranent, an office which he held for half a century and kept an
Ann was likely
already preganant at the time of their marriage, but their happiness
was very shortlived in early 1776 James died of a pulmonary ailment
at Dumferline - he was 29. He did not live long enough to see the
birth of his only son
James and Ann
had a single child
was weak from birth indicating that he may have been born prematurely,
brought on by the stress of his fathers death.
Whilst his grandfather
William Bain was present at his christening, he was brought up by
his maternal relatives.