James Fleming, 7th Baron Slane
James was the son of William Fleming and his wife, the former Janet Rochfort. He succeeded to the title of his first cousin once removed, Thomas Fleming, 6th Baron Slane, in 1471. He was Sheriff of Meath in 1472.
He was one of the eleven Irish barons who came to Greenwich at Henry VII of England's summons in 1489; to their embarrassment, they were served at table by the former pretender to Henry's Crown, Lambert Simnel, whose cause most of the Irish nobility including Lord Slane had supported. After the downfall of Simnel's cause at the Battle of Stoke in 1487, the King had treated him with great clemency, pardoning him and giving him a job in the Royal kitchen, from which he was eventually promoted to the office of Royal Falconer. The Irish nobility had been treated with similar mercy, and almost all of them received a royal pardon but clearly the King could not resist playing a joke on Simnel's former allies.
Lord Slane married Elizabeth Welles, daughter of Sir William Welles (d. 1463), Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and his wife Anne Barnewall; Elizabeth, who had previously been married to the second Baron Killeen, died in 1506. Their children were:
- Christopher Fleming, 8th Baron Slane
- two younger sons, Thomas and George, from whom later Barons of Slane were descended.
The Annals of Ulster state that James' death was due to the first recorded Irish outbreak of sweating sickness, Ireland having apparently escaped the English epidemic of 1485. However it has been suggested more recently that the actual cause of death was typhus.
- G. E. C., ed. Geoffrey F. White. The Complete Peerage. (London: St. Chaterine Press, 1953) Vol. XII, Part 1, p. 8-9.