Roll of Honour

Lieutenant Colonel

James Clark


James Clark was born 2nd January 1859 in Pollockshields, Renfrewshire. He was the son of James Clark (1831-1910) and Jane Clark, née Smith (1837-1868), of Chapel House, Paisley Abbey, Paisley, Renfrewshire. James studied at a Lycée in Pau, France and then at the Grammar School in Paisley.

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In 1876 James came to the University of Glasgow to study for an MA. He was a successful student and won prizes in: Logic, Mathematics, English Literature and Humanity. He graduated MA in 1881.

Following his graduation, James went to the University of Edinburgh to study Law and graduated LLB in 1884. He became a prominent member a the legal community in Edinburgh and was a member of the Faculty of Advocates and became a member of the King's Counsel in 1883. James was a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh and a chairman of the Edinburgh School Board. In 1911 he was made Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) (Civil).

James was married to Norah Kathleen of Ravelston, Blackhall.

Prior to the outbreak of war James had been involved in the Royal Company of Archers. He was present for the creation of the 9th Royal Scots Battalion and was Colonel of it 1904-1912. On the outset of war he went to France, commanding the 9th Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders. He was killed in action at Hooge, near Ypres on 10th May 1915, aged 56.

As a prominent member of the community Lieutenant Colonel James Clark is remembered on several memorials. He is buried in the Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Belgium and is on the Rolls of Honour for both the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. His former school, Paisley Grammar, remembers him and he can also be found on the memorial at the Faculty of Advocates. Perhaps the most striking memorial to his life is that the Edinburgh School Board named a school in his honour.