June 30, 1853, Crail, Fife, Scotland.

James was the son of Will­iam Anderson, town treasurer of the royal burgh of Crail, Fife­shire.

A graduate of Ox­ford University (MusB 1878), James became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 1878. In Edinburgh, he served as organist and choir master at Ni­colson Square Chapel (1872–77), Ab­bey Parish Church (1877–79), St. Thomas’ Epis­co­pal Chapel (1879), and St. An­drew’s Parish Church on George Street (1881).

He also taught piano at the Mo­ray House Training College, and instructed in harmony and counterpoint at St. George’s Classes in Ed­in­burgh. He contributed to many hymnals, and revised the harmonies of the Black­burn Tune Book and The Pres­by­ter­ian Hymnal for the Young.

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