James May was a designer, surveyor, and gardener active in the mid-18th century. He is especially noted for his designs for the gardens at Craigston Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Harry, Gordon Slade, 'Craigston Castle: The Designs for the Gardens 1730-1830', Garden History, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring, 1983), pp. 37-56.