James Scott Walker, the son of a clergyman living near Montrose in Scotland, was orphaned at an early age. He worked as a merchant in South America before becoming established as a journalist writing for the Liverpool Mercury and The Kaleidoscope. He was librarian of the Liverpool Mechanics' and Apprentices' Library, and edited The Lancashire Literary Museum. Walker was a friend and neighbor of William Roscoe in Liverpool and corresponded with Walter Scott.
The South American, a metrical tale, in four cantos, with historical notes; and other poems. 1816.
An essay on the education of the people. 1825.
Liverpool in eighteen hundred and twenty-five. A satire. 1825.
An accurate description of the Liverpool and Manchester rail-way. 1830.