Byers, James a Presbyterian minister, was born in Annan, Scotland, Sept. 25,1816. In 1837 he graduated from Pictou College, after which four years were spent in teaching in the province of New Brunswick. He studied theology at Pictou, under Rev. Thomas McCulloch, D.D., but in 1843 entered the senior class of Princeton Seminary, and spent one year. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Truro, in Nova Scotia, Oct. 5, 1842; was ordained by the same Presbytery in 1845, and installed pastor of Shelburne Church, where he served seven years, and next became pastor at Talamagouche. His third and last charge was at Clifton, N. S., where he was installed in 1860, and labored eighteen years. He died May 21,1879. He was a man of unswerving fidelity to the cause of his Redeemer, and a very successful minister. See Necrological Report of Princeton Theol. Sem.-1880.