James Ballantine was an artist and author.
Born in St Cuthbert's Parish Edinburgh, he began life as a house painter. He studied art and became one of the first to revive the art of glass-painting, on which subject he wrote a treatise. He was the author of The Gaberlunzie's Wallet, Miller of Deanhaugh, Poems, 100 Songs with Music, and a Life of David Roberts, R.A..
Ballantine died from a Congestion of the lungs in Warrender Lodge, Meadows,Edinburgh at the age of 71.
In lang, lang days o' simmer,
When the clear and cloudless sky
Refuses ae weep drap o' rain
To Nature parched and dry,
The genial night, wi' balmy breath,
Gars verdue, spring anew,
An' ilka blade o' grass
Keps its ain drap o' dew.