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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
James D. Law


JAMES D. LAW is a native of Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where he was born April 6, 1865. He was "raised" in the care of his uncle, John Law, and after attending the public schools of Auchindoir parish, served for four years as a pupil teacher, and then became assistant to the Factor on the Durris Estates, Deeside, near Aberdeen.

He married, in 1886, Miss Agnes Duff, of New Noth, Rhynie, and the young couple came to America and settled in Camden, N. J., where Mr. Law for some years held a position of trust in an oil-cloth factory. After experiences in the cigar business, in retail trade, and in newspaper work, Mr. Law, with his son Duff C. Law, took up motion pictures both as an art and as an industry. He was the first to put on films, The Making of a Modern Newspaper, using the activities of The Philadelphia Record as the object lesson. He also is the inventor of a ‘‘Universal Clock,’’ that on one dial tells the time correctly, continuously and synchronously in any part, of the world. In the moving-pieture field, Mr. Law has been identified only with the highest type of motion photography, his hobby being the Educational Theatre.

Mr. Law is an author of international reputation, having published several volumes that have been well received by the leading critics. His Dreams o’ Hame and Other Scottish and American Poems secured a permanent place for him among the Doric bards, while his Seashore of Bohemia, portraying Shakespeare’s life in dramatic form, has been highly praised. Among his other books are Lancaster—Old and New and Here and There in Two Hemispheres. Large as his output has been for an occasional, not a professional writer, he has a still larger collection of original prose and verse in manuscript form, and from the fugitive specimens of his writings that appear from time to time; it may safely be said that his quality improves with his maturing years. Mr. Law is a family man, finding his keenest pleasure in his home and his library. He has always been strictly temperate in his habits and does not use tobacco. Two visits paid to the old country and occasional business trips throughout the United States have brought him a wide circle of acquaintances and friends. His extensive library includes many rare volumes, a few hundred of which are presentation copies from the authors. His autograph collection has the rather unusual merit of having cost him nothing, the letters being all addressed to himself on literary or personal topics and include holographic specimens from the greatest pens of our time on both sides of the Atlantic. The Law homestead at "Clovernook," Roxboro, on the highest ground in Philadelphia City, is a veritable treasure-house of literary lore.

Mrs. Law is a lady of fine education and kindly disposition added to a good supply of the peculiar gifts that go with her family name. The five surviving children are Duff Christie, Estella Maria, America P., Russell Gordon, and Evelyn Agnes—all excellent specimens of Scots born in America.


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