James Wedderburn (Solicitor General for Scotland)

12th Nov 1782 - 7th Nov 1822


Third surviving son of James Wedderburn Colvile. Born at the family home Inveresk, he was educated at the grammar school Musselburgh. In 1803 he became a member of the faculty of advocates, and rose to become Solicitor General for Scotland in 1816. He died after a short illness at the age of 39.

James Wedderburn married Isabella Clerk, daughter of James Clerk of Penicuik, Midlothian. The couple had 4 sons and 3 daughters. 1 son entered the British army and 2 entered the East India Company. His daughter Jemima has an entry in the ODNB as 'painter and illustrator', and another daughter Jean married Peter Blackburn, M.P. for Stirling (q.v.).

He was left £5000 in his father's will, drawn from the latter's Jamaican estates. He was named trustee and executor in the will of his cousin John Wedderburn of Spring Garden (q.v.).


Alexander Wedderburn, The Wedderburn Book: a history of the Wedderburns in the counties of Berwick and Forfar, designed of Wedderburn, Kingennie, Easter Powrie, Blackness, Balindean and Gosford, 1296-1896 (Published privately, 1898), pp. 312-313; Rob Fairley, ‘Blackburn , Jemima (1823–1909)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/52010, accessed 25 Nov 2016].

Will of James Wedderburn Colvile, 2/4/1808, TNA/PROB 11/1477/19.

Will of John Wedderburn of Marylebone and Spring Garden, 15/2/1821, TNA/PROB 11/1640/114.

Further Information

Isabella Clark
Grammar School Musselburgh

Relationships (10)

Brother → Sister
Nephew → Uncle
Other relatives
Executor → Testator
Trustee → Testator
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Son → Father
Son → Mother