Click for Bookshop

James West

1756 - 1817

Mathematician and clergyman. Born at Logie (Fife), West was educated at St. Andrews University. He remained there as assistant to Nicholas Vilant between 1775 and 1784, writing his Elements of Mathematics and System of Mathematics, as well as teaching two other notable mathematicians; namely James Ivory (1765 - 1842) and John Leslie (1766 - 1832).

For financial reasons, West left Scotland for Jamaica (1784) where, apart from a few visits, he remained for the rest of his life. He became an Anglican Priest and served as Rector of the Parish of St. Thomas at Morant Bay.

Use the tabs on the right of this page to see other parts of this entry arrow

If you have found this information useful please consider making
a donation to help maintain and improve this resource. More info...

By using our site you agree to accept cookies, which help us serve you better