James Carruthers was born in about 1844, the son of another James Carrruthers and his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Martin.
James generally gives his place of birth as Cambusnethan, but sometimes as Bellshill or Newmains. He married Elizabeth Nisbet, and they had at least seven children. We first see James in Caledonian Road, Wishaw, in the 1871 census. James died on 21 July 1917, aged 73, when his address was West Thornlie Street.