James was born about 1730 in Shropshire, England, the son of Thomas Hotchkiss but his mother is unknown.
He has died but the date and place are unknown.
His wife was Elizabeth Cleghorn, who he married on 10 NOV 1751 in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. Their sixteen known children were Thomas (1752-<1761), James (1754-?), David (1755-?), Adam (1757-?), Alexander (1758-?), Richard (1759-1824), Charles (1759-?), John (1760-<1766), Thomas (1761-1818), Helen (c1763-<1770), Sophia (1764-?), John (c1766-?), Elizabeth (c1768-?), Mary (1769-?), Helen (1770-?) and George (c1772-?).
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|Occupation||merchant and brewer|
!Notes: Of North Ockenden and of Hawkeswood. He married Elizabeth Cleghorn of Edinburgh, Scotland. This James sold the Hawkeswood or Sudbury estate, and moved to Scotland. The "Roll of Edinburgh Burgesses and Guild Brethren, 1761-1841" from the Scottish Record Society, shows that on 27 June 1769, he was a merchant and brewer, a burgess of Edinburgh and Gild Brother in or by right of his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Cleghorn, merchant, burgess of Edinburgh and Gild Brother. James Hotchkiss' sons John and Thomas also carried on this profession.
He was said to have had a large family in Scotland.
James Hotchkiss was listed as owning land in Edinburgh in 1770.
!Source: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. Will of James Hotchkis Brewer in Edinburgh, 25 Apr 1787. Mentioned widow Elizabeth Cleghorn. Mentioned fourth son then alive life, Richard Hotchkies writer in Edinburgh. Mentioned Richard Pearce of the parish of St John the Evangelist Westminster in the County of Midlesen Brewer, and David Cleghorn of Haulie Sope, and William Tytler writer to the signet. Estate 12000 pounds Scotts money of Stocks plus lands and buildings. Trust to care for his wife and children. Estate to be divided equally between children on reaching majority.
!Source:Wording of Marriage record as provided by James Ronald Morrison
"James Hotchkis in King's Stables late citizen of London and Elizabeth Cleghorn eldest lawful daughter of Thomas Cleghorn merchant/brewer King's Stables in Edinburgh".