Mr James Scanlan was born in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, Ireland around 1890.
He was the son of John Scanlan (b. 1865), a labourer, and his wife Catherine (b. 1866) who were married around 1885.
One of six surviving children from a total of ten, James' known siblings were: William (b. 1887), Kate (b. 1893), Patrick (b. 1900), Edward (b. 1902) and Cornelius (b. 1902).
He 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 is believed to have been living for several years.
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.