This English imposter lived during the seventeenth century and hailed from York. He spent a short time serving in the army before joining the Quakers and building himself a reputation for sanctity. He attempted to work the good opinion of people to his advantage, setting himself up as a deity. He arrived in Bristol in 1656 riding a horse guided by a man and a woman. Others followed chanting "holy holy holy is the God of Sabaoth".
James was punished by having his tongue pierced with a hot iron and his forehead marked with the letter b (for blasphemer), and he rode from Bristol in disgrace with his face turned towards the horse's tail.