James WANLASS was an orphan, left on the steps of an orphanage in Edinburgh as an infant - he himself knew nothing of his parentage. We are not even sure if James Wanlass was his real name or one that the orphanage gave him. Unknown also is if his birth date is his real birth date or the date the orphanage found him, but he gave that date as the best information he had. Unknown also is which orphanage or where in Edinburgh it was located. He married Margaret Neilson in East Lothian, Scotland in approximately 1845.
Any help with this mystery would be appreciated. We're looking for primary sources.