Figgins was the son of Vincent Figgins of Peckham Rye and his wife Elizabeth. He was educated by Dr Brown, of Esher and went into business as a type-founder. He was a J.P. for Middlesex and was Sheriff of London and Middlesex from 1865 to 1866.
Figgins married Louisa Beckwith, daughter of W. A. Beckwith of Skinner Street, in 1836.
Figgins died at the age of 73.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by James Figgins
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
William James Clement
| Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury
With: William James Clement to 1870
Douglas Straight from 1870
Charles Cecil Cotes