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James Stevenson (merchant)

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Plaque on the grave of James Stevenson, Dean Cemetery
Plaque on the grave of James Stevenson, Dean Cemetery
13 Randolph Crescent
13 Randolph Crescent
The grave of James Stevenson, Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh
The grave of James Stevenson, Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh

James Stevenson FRSE (1786-1866) was a Scottish merchant and philanthropist who fathered two Scottish heroines, Flora Stevenson and Louisa Stevenson, the industrialist, James Cochran Stevenson[1] and architect John James Stevenson.

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He was born in Paisley on 28 April 1786 the son of James Stevenson (1736-1806) a silk gauze manufacturer, and his wife, Margaret Cochran. He was educated at Paisley Grammar School.

He set up a cotton spinning mill with his older brother, Nathaniel Stevenson (1785-1867), and first Calton then Barrowfield, before going into partnership with the Oswald brothers[2] creating Oswald Stevenson & Co with James Oswald.[3]

The family moved into central Glasgow in 1825, running the firm James Stevenson & Co, cotton brokers, from 104 Hutcheson Street.[4] James inherited the family business on his father's death in 1806.

In 1844 he also became a senior partner at the Jarrow Chemical Works in South Shields: a firm supplying dyes for his cottons.

In 1865 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposer was James Yong.[5]

He died at home, 13 Randolph Crescent in Edinburgh on 13 June 1866.[6] He is buried in Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh.[7] The grave lies in the southern section above the south terrace. His wife and daughters lie to his right side. John james lies to his left.

Artistic Recognition

He was portrayed by Norman Macbeth and Thomas Annan photographed the portrait.[8]


He was married to Jane Stewart Shannon (1797-1864) from Greenock. They had ten children: four sons and six daughters.[9]

His brother, Nathaniel Stevenson (1785-1867) was father to James Croesus Stevenson.[10]

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  4. ^ Glasgow Post Office Directory 1825
  5. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  6. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1866
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