James Sinton1

(17 December 1791 - November 1829)
FatherJames Sinton1 (cir. 1746 - Jun 1835)
MotherJean Trotter1 (say 1760 - bef. Feb 1830)

BMDB data

     James Sinton was born on 17 Dec 1791 Duns(e), BEW, SCT.2,1 He was baptized on 31 Dec 1791 Duns(e), BEW; on a page headed 1807 the family of James SINTON & Jean TROTTER - Jame's 1791 entry reads: James Sinton Lawful son of James Sinton Mason Dunse & Jean Trotter was born Decr 17 1791 and Baptized Decr 31st Wits Thos Gray, Thos Knox."1
     James Sinton married Helen Telfer, daughter of Richard Telfer and Isabella Chisholm, on 26 Oct 1823 Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, SCT, entry shows James Sinton, mason, No. 5 St Leonard's Street and Helen Telfer residing No. 14 St Leonard's St, Daughter of the late Richard Telfer, Wright, have been three times proclaimed in order to Marriage in the Parish Church of St Cuthberts and no objections have been offered.3,4,5
     James Sinton died in Nov 1829 72 Richmond St, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, at age 37.6 He was buried on 30 Nov 1829 South Leith, MLN, SCT, entry shows James as "mason 72 Richmond St "Died of a decline. Buried the foot 3 yd north from the north east, corner of George Sandilands Tomb in the new ground Aged 37."6
     Original information received on James Snr's forebears was that he belonged to the family of William & Isabel (DUNLOP) SINTON and thus was born c 1760 at Ashkirk.
However this family, that of James & Jean (TROTTER) SINTON, seem to have moved from Duns, concentrated in Edinburgh following trades of mason, cabinetmaker, slater.
There are two deaths of James SINTON mason in Edinburgh: one in 1829 aged 37, from 72 Richmond St, another in 1835 aged 89 of St Leonard's Lane.
The conclusion is that these are son and father respectively, with the son James being the husband of Helen TELFER, and of an age to be the 1791 birth to James & Jean (TROTTER) SINTON at Duns.6,7

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     James Sinton was a mason in Oct 1823 St Leonards St (5), Edinburgh, MLN, SCT.5 He was a mason, dec. in 1905.8


Helen Telfer (cir. May 1790 - May 1864)
  • James Sinton8 (Sep 1824 - Jan 1905)
ChartsJames & Jean (TROTTER) SINTON
Last Edited29 Jan 2013


  1. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 17 Dec Bap. 31 Dec 1791 James s/o James (mason) SINTON & Jean TROTTER, Duns, BEW 735/00 0040 0250, copy d/loaded Jan 2013.
  2. Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Birth 1791 James s/o James SINTON & Jean TROTTER, Duns, BEW , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  3. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), TELFER/SINTON marriages, batch M119895, extracted Sep 2005.
  4. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth 1 May 1864 Helen SINTON nee TELFER, Edinburgh, MLN, aged 74, wid/o James SINTON, d/o Richard & Isabella TELFER, transc. Stuart H, rcvd May 2005.
  5. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 26 Oct 1823 James SINTON & Helen d/o late Richard TELFER, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, 685/020 0400 0573, copy d/loaded Jan 2013.
  6. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bur. 30 Nov 1829 James SINTON, mason, aged 37, of 72 Richmond St, bur. new ground, from Leith South OPR 692/02 0330 0502, copy d/loaded Jan 2013.
  7. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Jan 2013.
  8. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 1 Jan 1905 James s/o James SINTON & Ellen TELFER, wid/o Jane TURNBULL, Edinburgh, Dist of St Giles, MLN, copy d/loaded Sep 2005.

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