Dr Cran was a well known Salford Surgeon and was the Medical Officer for the Salford Union Workhouse*. James Cran was born in Scotland on 9th June 1843. He took his MA degree in 1864 in Aberdeen and MD doctorate in 1868 in Edinburgh. Also in 1868 he became a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He came to Manchester shortly after gaining his qualification to be House Surgeon at the Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary and then moved to Salford to take up private practice. However, he was appointed Medical Officer of No 3 District of the Salford Union (the Workhouse). James was of a quiet disposition and took no part in public affairs.
It was on Friday 4th June 1897, after suffering from ill health for a number of months, that Dr Cran died at his home, 187 Regent Road, Salford. He was almost 54 years of age. The funeral took place on Whit Monday in the Non-Conformist portion of Weaste Cemetery. It was a quiet occasion, in accordance with his wishes. The cortege left Dr Cran's residence at 12 noon. The coffin was of polished oak with simple brass mountings and was carried in a Victoria car drawn by a pair of bay horses. The first carriage contained his brothers Dr.R.D.Cran, Rev.A. Cran and Mr James Cran. There were many letters of condolence to Mrs Cran. The Service was read by Rev.J.Neil.