James McCall

4th Jul 1778 - 7th Sep 1866

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Glasgow merchant, awarded the bulk of the compensation for the Adelphi estate on St Vincent after counter-claiming as judgement creditor. He probably reached as settlement over a sharing of the compensation money with members of the Grant family, the owners.

  1. James McCall, 'a merchant in Glasgow' of 17 Princes Street. Burke's Landed Gentry: "The family came originally from Dumfriessshire. Samuel McCall, a wealthy merchant, possessed properties in Virginia and Maryland, which his family lost in the War of Independence by their loyalty and adherence to the British Crown.” James McCall (1778-1866) was the son of Samuel’s son James McCall (1726-1803) and his wife Sarah nee Reid. He married Anna Catrina Jacoba De Wet Fehrszen, daughter of Henricus Fehrszen, in 1815.

  2. James McCall purchased Daldowie estate in 1830 and left £141,945 on his death 07/09/1866. According to Rubinstein, 'He was apparently a wine-merchant in Glasgow.'

  3. Anthony Cooke shows 'James McCall (1778-1841, [dying] Athens Greece), Glasgow merchant of Daldowie (purchased 1830). Father James McCall Glasgow merchant. Matriculated from Glasgow University. Partner in John McCall & Co.' Left estate of £4854. It is not yet clear how to reconcile Cooke's data with the details of the James McCall in this entry.


Sources

T71/892 St Vincent 456A & B.

  1. Burke's Landed Gentry (London, Harrison, 1871) Vol. 2 pp. 837-838. 'The Family of McCall' in Hardy Bertram McCall, Some Old Families: A Contribution to the Genealogical History of Scotland (Birmingham, Privately Printed, 1890) pp. 119-141.

  2. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1866/78. Rubinstein suggests James McCall's second wife was Janet Ker but in fact she married James McCall, 1780-1853 (son of George McCall of Virginia and Mary Smellie), and the characterisation of James McCall as a wine-merchant might refer to a different James McCall: see 'Old Country Houses of the Old Glasgow Gentry XXXIII Daldowie' at http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/smihou/smihou033.htm [accessed 31/05/2013].

  3. Anthony Cooke, 'An elite revisited: Glasgow West India merchants, 1783-1877', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 32.2 2012 pp. 127-165, at p. 161, 'McCall, James'. SC 36/48/30/289 20/03/1844. James McCall of Daldowie (d. 1866) was the twin brother of John McCall (d. 1833), the two men being sons of James McCall, while Cooke shows the father of James McCall (1778-1841) as James McCall of Glasgow and of John McCall (d. 1833) as Samuel McCall.

We are grateful to Ian Miles for his assistance in compiling this entry.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Anna Catrina Jacoba De Wet Fehrszen
Children
Henry, John Oloff, George, Frederick, Sarah, Anna
Wealth at death
£141,945
Occupation
Merchant
Rubinstein
1866/78

Associated Claims (1)

£12,765 13s 8d
Awardee (Judgement creditor)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (20)

Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 5) [1846186]  
£61600 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 4) [1846185]  
£87000 
Railway Investment
 
 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr [183739]  
£5000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 6) [1846187]  
£87000 
Railway Investment
London and Worcester and South Staffordshire (Extension from Dudley and Sedgley Branch) [1845117]  
£9700 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 2) [1846183]  
£14000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Kilmanrock and Ardrossan [1846181]  
£9000 
Railway Investment
Hamilton and Strathaven [1846227]  
£18800 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Airdrie and Monkland Junction [1846174]  
£2500 
Railway Investment
Glasgow Junction [184568]  
£14000 
Railway Investment
London, Worcester and South Staffordshire (Extension from Dudley to Wolverhampton) [1845118]  
£9700 
Railway Investment
Midland (Ely to Lincoln) [1845138]  
£2520 
Railway Investment
Ayrshire, Brige of Weir and Port Glasgow Junction [18469]  
£10000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 3) [1846184]  
£35000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow and Belfast Union [1846193]  
£8750 
Railway Investment
Edinburgh and Glasgow [183722]  
£3000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle [184565]  
£21800 
Railway Investment
London, Worcester and South Staffordshire [1845121]  
£9700 
Railway Investment
West of Scotland Junction [1846532]  
£18000 

Addresses (1)

Daldowie House (now the site of Daldowie Crematorium), Daldowie, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland