- Published: 01 August 2016 01 August 2016
Boots made for walking - Aberdeen Journal, 23 May 1827:
Pedestrianism. - James Baxter, foot-messenger, residing in Fochabers, has been employed in that capacity, by different members of the Noble Family of Gordon, since the year 1785, a period of 42 years, during which he has never been unfit for duty, either from sickness or any other cause. He has frequently performed 80 miles a day, over hill and dale; and is still able and willing to accomplish 50 or 60. It is calculated that in the course of his employment, he has travelled about 250,000 miles, or more than 9 times the circumference of the globe. He is now only in his 60th year.
NOTE: According to online family trees, James died aged 70.