James Wiseman was born in Banff, Banffshire, Scotland in 1881, the son of George Hood and Jessie Ann Wiseman, and the family home was at Broadford Bay, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, Scotland. He was married.
He served as a second baker in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania and he was killed when she was sunk.
As his body was not recovered and identified afterwards, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 34 years.
1891 Census of Scotland, 1901 Census of Scotland, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR13/6, PRO BT 334.