Lindsay, James Bowman


Student United College 1820-1821 Lat. Jun.; Gk. Jun. 1821-1822 Gk. Prov.; Math. Jun.; Log. 1822-1823 Lat. Prov.; Math. 2 & 3; Ethics 1825-1826 Chem.; Physics. Part bursary, 1825.

Student St Mary’s College 1833-1834 occ.


Born 8.9.1799 son of John Lindsay, farmer, Carmyllie and Elizabeth Bowman.


Possibly the same as James Lindsay, student St Mary's College 1826-1827 occ. etc.

Apprenticed to a weaver before University. [Weaver]

Lecturer in mathematics and physical science Watt Institution, Dundee 1829-. [University lecturer]

Teacher Dundee prison 1841-1858.

Philologist and electrician. Proposed submarine telegraph to America 1843. Got government pension of £100 in 1858. [Inventor]


The chrono-astrolabe: containing a full set of astronomic James Bowman Lindsay. (Dundee: Middleton, Chalmers, Shaw & Stephen, 1858)

Pentecontaglossal Paternoster; or, The Lord's Prayer in fifty languages, in native and Roman characters: accompanied with verbal translations, and with glossological and historical notes.(Dundee: W. Middleton, J. Chalmers, and F. Shaw, 1846)


Died 29.6.1862 at Dundee.


  • UYUC400:12.11.1825
  • Prize list in Dundee Advertiser 15.5.1823
  • A. H. Millar, Life
  • DNB
  • Scotsman 30.6.1962 p5
  • Dundee Y’bk 1899 p173)
  • James Bowman Lindsay in Wikipedia
  • also collected material in Dundee City Libraries.