James Benn was born in Whitehaven in 1725 the son of James Benn, master and owner of a Whitehaven vessel. His mother was the grand-daughter of an ejected minister from Ireland. His grandfather, Richard Harrison paid for his education. James Benn studied at the Kendal Academy of the Rev Dr Caleb Rotheram, where he was admitted at Christmas 1743. Caleb Rotheram was another pupil of Thomas Dixon''s in Whitehaven. James Benn also studied in Glasgow.
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