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Sir James Justice    
Born: 25 Sep 1698 Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Married: Mar 1723 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Sold Castle at Crighton 1735
Divorced: 1749
Published book 1755

Died: 03 Aug 1763 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland    


James Justice


Jean Foulis


Margaret Murray

CHILDREN with Margaret Murray

1. Jane Justice b. 29 Aug 1727 

2. Alexander Justice b. 23 Feb 1729

3. Jean Justice b. 26 Jul 1731


Publications of the Scottish Record Society Parts 31-34

389. Process of Divorce - Mr Margaret Murray, lawful daughter of the deceased Alexander Murray of Cringeltay, and spouse to Mr. James Justice, one of the principal clerks of session, and eldest lawful son of the deceased Sir James Justice of Crighton, against the said Mr. James Justice, married March 1723, and had several children, of whom Alexander still in life. No warrants VI 712 2 Aug 1749

online story
"James Justice, son of Sir James Justice and Jean Foulis, born Sept 1698, ripened the first pineapple in Scotland and was a well known horticulturist with extensive gardens as 'Justice Hall' in or near East Lothian. He had at least one brother, John Justice, born Oct 1699. James got into the tulip bulb craze and went bankrupt from same."


Kay's Edinburgh Portraits

"Sir James Justice descended from a family of that name in England, came to Scotland about the end of the seventeenth century, and held the office of Clerk to the Scottish Parliament. He acquired the estate of Crighton, with the celebrated castle, in the county of Edinburgh, which he left to his son, James Justice, Esq. who was one of the principal Clerks of the court of Sessions. This gentleman was very fond of horticulture; and was the author of a book, published in 1755, entitled 'the Scots Gardener's Director' a work which, as the result of practical experience, with the reference to the soil and climate of Scotland, was formerly in great repute, and is still worthy of consultation. --- He spent large sums in importing foreign seeds, roots, and trees. the collecting of tulips, being one of the fancies of his day. - The extravagance of this propensity, with other causes, rendered it necessary for him to part with his estate of Crighton; and about the year 1735, it became the property of Mark Pringle, Esq."