Date of Birth: 
6 Apr 1842
Date of Death: 
17 Jul 1924

James was born at Belford, Northumberland, England.

He married Annie Gray (born at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1848) in 1867.

Altogether they had 13 children, 8 born in England & 5 in Wellington, NZ. There were 6 boys & 7 girls. One died in infancy in England & one in Ireland. Two died in their teens in NZ.

Two sons, George & James (Jnr) served in WW1.

James was a farmer, firstly at Paraparaumu, then Kereru, Shannon from about 1899 to 1902, then Kopataroa till about 1911 then in Palmerston Nth.

James was the original purchaser of 5 town blocks, one of which is now where the church stands on the corner of Cambridge & Kent Sts, & 4 blocks which are now part of the Thompson House reserve.

Relatives mentioned in profile: 
James Burns (Snr), Thomas Burns, Ann Young, Annie Gray, David Gray, Helen Crozier, Thomas Mortimer Burns, Harriet Anne Jeffery, Agnes Eileen Burns, Alice Burns, Guillaume Arture (William Arthur) D'Oridant, Roger Charles (Charles) Burns, Naomi Caroline Elizabeth Fuller, William Gladstone, Edna Burns, Ernest Burns, Harriet Burns, Annie Burns, George Huntley Burns, Ethel Constance Pearce, Mary Burns, James Burns (Jnr), Margaret May Rogerson, Jane Burns, Daisy Burns, Albert Edward Hague.