Balsillie, James


Student United College 1866-1867 Gk. 1; Lat. 1; Math. 1 1867-1868 Log.; Lat. 2 1868-1869 M. Phil.; Gk. 2; Math. 2 1869-1870 N. Phil.; Eng. Lit. M.A. 24.4.1872.

On merit list bursary comp. UC Min 1.11.1866. Vacant foundation bursary UC Min. 20.4.1867.


Born c. 1846 son of Alexander Balsillie, blacksmith and Catherine Barclay. Claims his native place was Kirkcaldy, but not found.


Teacher Wallace Hall Academy, Dumfriesshire then junior master in Merchant Company Schools, Edinburgh and finally for many years, English master in George Watson’s College for boys.


Died 22.2.1897 aged 52.


  • UYUC695
  • Deaths Reg. St Giles Edinburgh 1897/191
  • Scotsman 24.2.1897 p8 col 7