Mr James Scanlan was born on 24 December 1891 in Rathkeale Workhouse in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, Ireland.
He was the son of John Scanlan (b. 1865), a labourer, and his wife Catherine, also Scanlan (b. 1866) who were married on 10 September 1890.
One of six surviving children from a total of ten, James' known siblings were: William (b. 13 November 1887), Mary Catherine (b. 5 March 1894), Patrick (b. 2 March 1900), Edward (b. 1902) and Cornelius (b. 1904).
James appears on the 1901 census living at house 13, Borheen, Rathkeale, Co Limerick, later listed on the 1911 census at house 12 in the same parish and being described as an unmarried labourer.
He boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger of 11 April 1912 (ticket number 36209 which cost £7, 14s, 6d). His destination was New York City where his sister Kate had previously emigrated to in October 1910 aboard the Arabic.
James Scanlan died in the disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His parents later received £30 aid from the Titanic Relief Fund and they later made a claim for £20,000 for the loss of their son against White Star Line. What became of the family is unclear.