James Napier (chemist)

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James Napier FRSE FCS (1810 - 1 December 1884) was a Scottish industrial chemist and antiquarian. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[1]


James was born in Partick, Glasgow the son of James Napier, a gardener, and Margaret Buchanan, a seamstress.

In October 1831 he married Christina McIndoe. They had eight children.

Napier made several important advances within industrial chemistry and lodged several patents.

He joined the Philosophical Society of Glasgow in 1849, and many of his 32 known scientific papers were presented to the Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1876.

After his wife died in March 1881, he never fully recovered from the event, and he died at his home, Maryfield, Bothwell, Lanarkshire on 1 December 1884.[2]


Amongst his publications are:

  • Manufacturing Art in Ancient Times
  • Notes and Reminiscences of Partick
  • Folk Lore or Superstitious Beliefs in the West of Scotland within This Century (1879)


  1. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index (PDF). II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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