James Hunter (iii)

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For other people with the same name, see James Hunter.

James Hunter (b. 6 January 1872, Billister, Nesting, d. 21 September 1920, Billister, Nesting) was an author and County Councillor for Nesting from 1919 until his death in 1920. The vacancy he left in the council was filled by his brother Robert.

James is described as "a clever self-taught Nesting lad" whose "dialect is of the racy soil". He died relatively young on the 21st of September, 1920 at Billister, after which his works were collected.

A deeply religious man, his last words on his death bed were addressed to all Shetlanders: "Tell them that death has no terrors, but tell them too that the bed of death is no place for repentance. If I had not given my heart to Christ, where would I be today?"


  • Posthumous Sketches and Poems, T and J Manson, 1924.
  • Da Last Foy: a sketch in the Shetlandic, T & J Manson, Lerwick, (reprinted three times, latterly 1947).
  • The Belgian's Bequest and other poems

Political Career

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Zetland County Council
Preceded by
John Pearson
Member for

Succeeded by
Robert Hunter
Nesting County Councillors
Councillors Robert Bell (1890-1892) • William Levie (1892-1895) • John Small (1895-1910) • James Loggie (1910-1914) • John Pearson (1914-1919) • James Hunter (1919-1920) • Robert Hunter (1920-1922) • Robert D. Ganson (1922-1928) • Magnus Gray (1928-1932) • Thomas Anderson (1932-1935) • William Sutherland (1935-1938) • James Anderson (1938-1945) • Adam Thomson (1945-1948) • John Pearson (1948-1952) • Prophet Smith (1952-1955) • William Hamilton (1955-1973) • Andrew Riddell (1973-1975)