Brown, James

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                                  PEOPLE OF THE PAST
                                      James Brown

Born at Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland on Feb. 28, 1845, James Brown was the son of James and Janet (Taylor) Brown. His father was a grain merchant.

James Junior grew up and was educated in Scotland. After completing his formal education he apprenticed with the ship-chandlery established of William McRobbie.

In 1864, at nineteen years of age, he immigrated to Newcastle. For six years he was employed as a clerk for a local merchant. In 1870 he established his own business in Newcastle dealing in general merchandise. This business lasted into the present century.

James Brown served for two years as County Councillor and one year as County Warden. He was also a member of the Newcastle Rifle Company and the Newcastle Field Battery of Artillery.

by Andrew Fraser

Source: Northumberland News – July 13, 1983

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