James Wight1,2

(say 1685 - after 1743)
Relationship6th great-grandfather of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     James Wight was born say 1685 ?Midlem, Par. of Bowden, ROX, SCT.1,2
     James Wight married Margaret Houd on 18 Mar 1712 Bowden, ROX, SCT, 'both in this paroch.2'
     James Wight died aft. 1743 ?Midlem, Par. of Bowden, ROX.1
     It always pays to review past research. With my recent (Apr 2009) activity on the WIGHT familes (having started a WIGHT Surname DNA Project), I have to admit that looking at this family again after a long gap that I appear to have claimed the incorrect James as father of the James who married Isobel Wood. The James who married Jennet Sword, old enough to have married Isobel, was the first of two James in the family. I have to assume that he died if a second, younger James was also baptised, and this latter one is too young to have married in 1743.
My attention has therefore switched to the next most eligible James in Bowden, the one marrying Margeret Howd or Houd in 1712 and having a son James baptised in 1721. Wights are two a penny in the area, and probably all fairly closely related!3

All the other info

     James Wight and James Wight Midlem, Par. of Bowden, ROX, SCT, say 1685 were possibly related, The James married to Jennet Sword was my original "pick" for James the cautioner, and father of the bridegroom when his son James married Isobel Wood, but subsequent digging has led me to reject this id. However, they all lived in Midem, and are all probably related!3
     On 26 Nov 1743 Maxton, ROX, SCT, James Wight was the cautioner for his son James at his marriage to Isobel Wood.1,4

External links

     Click here to see James's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.5


Margaret Houd (say 1690 - )
  • George Wight (cir. Apr 1715 - )
  • John Wight (cir. May 1717 - )
  • James Wight+6,2,1 (cir. Jul 1721 - aft. 1743)
  • Robert Wight (cir. Nov 1723 - )
  • Isobell Wight (cir. May 1726 - )
  • William Wight (Aug 1728 - )
  • Elizabeth Wight (Mar 1730 - )
My pedigree chart
Paternal ancestors of Lorna
Paternal timeline

Helen Sinton WIGHT's ancestors

Last Edited27 Feb 2014


  1. H D W (15319), "Borders Corres. ex H D W," e-mail to L Henderson (1), Marr. 1743 James WIGHT Isobel WOOD, from Maxton Proclamations 1722+, rcvd Oct 2003.
  2. Cash book and Kirk Sessions Baptisms: Bowden, ROX, SCT, Extracted Jul 2003 , Film 1067932.
  3. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Apr 2009.
  4. Letter, Margaret Steele (16256) to Lorna Henderson, From tree drawn Aug 1984 by Harry D WATSON, Linlithgow, WLN (now of Edinburgh), rcvd Sep 1997.
  5. WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Oct 2011.
  6. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bap. 2 Jul 1721 James s/o James WIGHT & Margaret HOUD, in Midlem, Bowden OPR Par. 783/0010 0077, copy d/loaded Apr 2009.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.