Captain James Tulloch was born on 9 Sep 1810 in the Shetland Isles, Scotland. He married Margaret Nicholson on 15 Dec 1842 at Northmaven, Shetland Isles. The family came to Launceston in the early 1850s, but afterwards went to Melbourne where they lived at Emerald Hill for some time. Captain Tulloch sailed trading vessels between Launceston, Melbourne and Sydney for many years. He was in command of the brig Mercury for over 20 years. He was a member of the executive committee of the Benevolent Society and an umpire for the Tamar regattas.
He died from paralysis aged 85 on 15 Oct 1896 at 'Braeside'. His obituary described him as 'an old Launceston citizen who was as much respected as his figure was familiar.' See The Examiner 24 Dec 2005, p. 31.