James McKinlay was born 1816 Holytown Lanarkshire Scotland. Died  age 55 years on 15 August 1871 at Larkhall Lanarkshire Scotland. Buried Old Churchyard Cambusnethan.

His father was William McKinlay and mother Margaret McKinlay nee Stewart.

James married 3 times & father of 12 children.

Married (1) Mary McNeil , date unknown. Children William 1841-1911 and  Margaret 1844-1929. 

William married Sydonia Burrows in Nova Scotia and settled in California USA.

Margaret married George Clegg Gardner & settled North Canterbury New Zealand.

Married (2) Elizabeth (?) child James born c1850.

Married (3) Mary McConnell born Glasgow. At the time of her marriage 6 Feb 1855  Blythwood her age is given as 26.

They had 9 children.

Mary 25/11/1855 (Mark's great grandmother)

Edward 17/03/1857                                                   

Robert 04/08/1858

David 20/01/1861

Marion 12/10/1862 died prior to family leaving for NZ                                                   

Elizabeth 14/02/1864

John 01/03/1866 died 24/03/1866

Janet 11/12/1868 (twin to Thomas)

Thomas 11/12/1868 (twin to Janet) died prior to family leaving for NZ.

Census Records


 James’ age is given as 25, address is Woodhall, Cambusnethan, Lanark, and his occupation is Coal Miner. His wife is Mary (presumably nee McNeil) aged about 20.


 James, aged 34, is now living at Torbush Cottage, Cambusnethan, is a Coal Miner, and his wife is Elizabeth, aged 32. Elizabeth was born at West Calder, Midlothian. Children are William (9), Margaret (7) and James (1).


 James, aged 44, is living at Faimegare Colliery, where he is a colliery Fireman. His wife is Mary McConell, aged 35. Children are James (12), Mary (5), Edward (4), Robert (2)  and David (2mths).

We know that in 1868, James was employed at Bog Colliery, Larkhall, as his son, Edward, has passed down a watch presented to his father, it is inscribed '11 November 1868'


James, aged 54, is now Colliery Manager, and is living at Dalserf , with wife Mary, aged 41. Children are Mary, ‘Servant’(15), Edward, ‘Coal Miner’(14), Robert, ‘Coal Miner’(12), David (10) and Elizabeth (7), both ‘Scholars’, and Janet (2). These are the same 6 children, who accompanied Mary to NZ in 1874.


After James’ death, Mary sailed from Greenock to Wellington, N.Z. on 22 August 1874 on the ‘Soukar’.  She was accompanied by her children Mary, Edward, Robert, David, Elizabeth and Janet. 

Passenger List for Soukar   

see Single men - Edward, Robert, David

see Single women - Mary, Mary, Elizabeth, Janet