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Edgar Allan Poe

James Anderson (1802 - 1887)

18th Century

James Anderson was the son of William Anderson, Session Clerk of Kilmarnock. James himself was an accountant in the Union Bank. He set up business on his own and for a long time acted as auditor for the Corporation of Kilmarnock. He was a trustee, secretary and treasurer of the Bellfield Trust and later became its chairman.

James was also a man of considerable musical talent and was the writer of a number of hymn tunes, the best known of which is "St. Marnock's".

He was born and brought up in Townend, Kilmarnock and he had a clear memory of playing, as a boy, with the young Edgar Allan Poe when he visited Kilmarnock in 1816. He can have been no older than 20 when this portrait was painted.

oil on canvas
760 x 640mm
The Dick Institute
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East Ayrshire Council