James Bone

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James Bone CH (1872 – 23 November 1962)[1] was a British journalist, London editor of the Manchester Guardian for 33 years. He was made a Companion of Honour in 1947.[2][3] He was also author of a number of books, including on Edinburgh and London.


Born in Glasgow, Bone's parents were journalist David Drummond Bone (1841–1911) and his wife, Elizabeth Millar Crawford (1847–1886). His brothers included Sir Muirhead Bone, the artist, and Captain Sir David Bone, author and mariner.[3]

He married Anne McGavigan in 1903; they had no children.[1]


He was born in Glasgow, and left school aged 14, working briefly for the Laird Line before joining his father at the North British Daily Mail, which closed in 1901. In 1902 he started work at the London office of the Manchester Guardian, becoming London editor in 1912. He wrote a regular column, his London Letter, describing in an informal way events from London, retiring in 1945.

Later life[edit]

His wife died in 1950, but Bone lived to see his 90th birthday in 1962, receiving birthday messages from Queen Elizabeth II, President John F. Kennedy, and Harold Macmillan.[1] He died on 23 November 1962.


  1. ^ a b c John Beavan, "Bone, James (1872–1962)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 13 Feb 2013
  2. ^ "James Bone, journalist", Brown, Ivor, The Observer (1901- 2003); 25 Nov 1962; pg. 7
  3. ^ a b "A Scotsman's Log: Honourable Comparisons", The Scotsman (1921-1950); 12 Jun 1947; pg. 4