ANDERSON, JAMES, D.D. author
of a large and useful work, entitled, "Royal Genealogies," was the
brother of Adam Anderson, author of the Commercial History. He was for many
years minister of the Scots presbyterian church in Swallow-street,
Piccadilly, and was well known among the people of that persuasion in
London, by the nick-name of Bishop Anderson. He was a learned but imprudent
man, and lost a considerable part of his property from too deep dabbling in
the South-Sea scheme. His great work as an author was, "Royal
Genealogies, or the Genealogical Tables of Emperors, Kings, and Princes,
from Adam (!) to these Times," London, folio, 1732. The compilation of
this huge work, in which he was aided by many eminent personages, whose
families entered into its plan, cost him, according to his own account, the
labour of seven years. It is certainly the completest work of the kind in
existence, though with no pretensions to discrimination. The author says
very frankly in his preface, that, "He has avoided all terms and
expressions that may give offence to any nation or family, to any person or
party; having nothing to do with the national controversies of historians,
nor with the ecclesiastical and religious debates of theologians, nor with
the politics of statesmen, nor with the private jangles of the critics in a
work of this kind, but only with facts and plain truth: so that he
has let every nation enjoy its own faith; and if any find fault, he hopes
they will readily excuse him, not having designed to offend them, and is
willing to make satisfaction, if he lives to publish a second edition."
Dr Anderson also wrote "The Constitutions of the Free Masons,"
being the chaplain of that body in London. The dates of this worthy man’s
birth and death are not ascertained. He lived in a house opposite to St.
James’s church, Piccadilly.