E is for Edward James and Edward VII
Edward F.W. James was born in 1907 in Gullane, Scotland. The son of William Dodge James, a wealthy landowner with wealth derived from the American lumber and mining industries, and his wife Evelyn, the eldest daughter of Helen Moncreiffe and Sir Charles Forbes, 4th Baronet of Newe, whose estate, Castle Newe was in the vicinity of Balmoral, the Scottish residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The youngest of five children and the only boy, Edward James birth was a cause for great celebration. Edward James inherited West Dean Estate at four years old on the untimely death of his father in 1912.