James Forshaw (January 10, 1639 – August 1682) was the 9th great-grandfather of Cometan, classified as one of his distant maternal ancestors in the Cottam family line. Born in Rufford, Lancashire, James is recorded as having married Dorothy Forshaw and as having raised at least one son named Robert Forshaw. James died at the age of forty-three in August 1682. His parents are John and Ann Forshaw.
In Cometanic ancestry, James is classified as part of the 11th generation retrograde, categorising him as a distant ancestor of Cometan.