JAMES HUNTER was born in about 1709 of Temple, Midlothian, Scotland. He married first, Bessie Goldie on 6 June 1729 in Temple. Bessie died and was buried 29 January 1734 in Temple: "Bessie Goldie, spouse to James Hunter in Espertoun, was buried in Temple kirkyard, and had the best mortcloth". James then married Marian Anderson 21 June 1734 in Temple. Marion was christened 4 February 1711 in Temple, the daughter of Edmond Anderson and Jean Wilson.

James and Marion had the following children:

1. Jean, christened 13 April 1735 in Temple (shown as born in Esperstowne townland in Temple).

2. Marion, christened 11 September 1737 in Temple; "Likewise, James Hunter and Marion Anderson in Esperstown had a daughter called Marion baptized. Witnesses: Wm. Hunter and Edmond Anderson"; married William Fairgrieve 8 June 1759 in Carrington, Midlothian, Scotland.

3. Janet, christened 30 September 1744 in Temple.

4. James, christened 14 January 1748 in Temple.

5. Janet, christened 2 March 1751 in Temple.

6. Isobel, christened 2 March 1751 in Temple.

SOURCES: IGI; Scottish Church Records CD; Temple parish register, FHL# 1067791, shows Jean Hunter born in the townland of Esperstowne in the parish of Temple..

No christening record has been found in Temple parish for James Hunter. The families having children during that time period were:

John Hunter and Isobel Blackie had a son:

Walter, christened 16 April 1693 in Temple.

John Hunter died and was buried 1 July 1704 in Temple.

James Hunter and Janet Patersone who had a son:

Alexander, christened 26 December 1703 in Temple.

James Hunter and Janet Patersone are the most likely parents for James.

Other early Hunters in the parish register were:

Thomas Hunter who married Agnes Elder 2 June 1693 in Temple, and had a son:

Robert, christened 5 May 1694 in Temple.

Walter Hunter married Marion Brakenridge 5 May 1696 in Temple. Walter was buried 21 September 1698 in Temple.


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