James Inglis
James Inglis
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

James Elder Inglis was born on Wednesday, 24th November, 1858, in Dundee.

The forward probably joined Thistle in 1881.

Aged 23, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 31st December, 1881, in a 2-1 friendly win at home to Glasgow Thistle.

There were no known goals for James during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last known game for the club on Tuesday, 3rd January, 1882, in a 4-1 friendly win away to Angus, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 3 occasions.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

James died on Monday, 9th August, 1915, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, aged 56.

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Bio Extra

The son of David Inglis (Iron Ship Fitter) and Jean Inglis (née Elder). The family, like so many others, were drawn to the Clydeside for work, and were living in Govan by April, 1881. James, the eldest son, worked as a ship joiner. In 1881, the 22-year-old had 3 younger sisters; Jane (17), Mary Ann (13) and Isabella (11). By 1891, James was living in Wanstead, Essex, and was still employed as a ship joiner, presumably on the Thames.

Little is known of his footballing career, so possibly it was just a fleeting fancy. He was distinctly listed as J. E. Inglis in this 3 games for Thistle, thus differentiating him from our John Inglis of the day who also played in each of the three games accredited to James, namely a 2-1 hogmanay win at home to Glasgow Thistle in 1881 and tour wins at Dundee (5-1 vs Strathmore on the 2nd January) and at Forfar (4-1 vs Angus on the 3rd January).

James married twice. His first wife, Marion Blair Inglis, died 19 September 1902. One of their children, also called Marion Blair Inglis, died in infancy. He remarried on 9th November 1903 to Evelyn Susan Keague at Pietermaritzsburg, Natal, South Africa. James himself died at 121 Brand Road, Durban. He was buried in Stellawood Cemetery, Durban, South Africa.

(JK/WS)


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