ANDERSON, JAMES (1662-1728), Scottish genealogist, antiquary and historian, was born at Edinburgh on Aug. 5, 1662. Just before the union the Scottish parliament commissioned him to prepare for publication what remained of the public records of the kingdom. The work was not completed at his death in 1728. The book was published posthumously in 1739, edited by Thomas Ruddiman, under the title Selectus Diplomatum et Numismatum Scotiae Thesaurus. Soon after his death, the numerous plates, engraved by Sturt, were sold for LS3o. These plates are now lost and the book has become exceedingly scarce. Anderson died on April 3, 1728.