(1843 - 1906)


Born at Longside, Aberdeenshire, the eldest son of blacksmith Robert Annand and his wife Margaret Moir. James Annand began his working life following in his father's trade as a blacksmith in Longside. Thereafter, he edited several newspapers in the north east of England; from 1874 to 1877 he edited the Newcastle Daily Chronicle, from 1877 to 1885 the South Shields Gazette and, finally, from 1885 to 1895, he was editor of the Northern Weekly Leader.

After an unsuccessful bid for a Parliamentary seat in Tynemouth in 1892, he was elected at the general election in January 1906 as the Member of Parliament for East Aberdeenshire. Unfortunately, he died in London 16 days later before he had an opportunity to take his seat, making him the third shortest serving MP in history.

He was briefly married to Mary Hannah Burt, daughter of Thomas Burt, in 1899 until her death in 1900.

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