This McKinlay family were from the Lanark district of Scotland. 
Other places of mention are Holytown, Bothwell, Cambusnethan, Larkhall, Newmains & Glasgow.

According to a family story passed down through Margaret (McKinlay) Gardner there is mention of some link to the Australian explorer John McKinlay. Research to date has failed to make the connection but one just never knows

We do know that William McKinlay & Margaret McKinlay nee Stewart were the parents of James.

At this stage can determine children were James born 1816, William born 1828 & Edward born 1830. Assume there were others!

Buried in the Cambusnethan Churchyard at Greenhead Road located in Wishaw, in the same plot are Mary McNeil (1st wife of James) died 1844, Mary McKinlay interred 1886, William McKinlay interred 1895, Margaret McKinlay interred 1895, Edward McKinlay interred 1906.

In regard to the others interred with Mary McNeil, recent information indicates it is James brothers William and his wife Margaret, and his younger brother Edward. Assume Mary age 16 is related.

What we do know is that James McKinlay of Lanark Scotland was a former coal miner and later colliery manager. He had three wives & a total of 12 children.

Welcome & settle in to read about your ancestor James McKinlay of Lanark Scotland a former coal miner and later colliery manager, his three wives, his children & descendants.

His widow Mary and 6 of her 9 children sailed from London in 1874 to Wellington New Zealand on board the ship 'Soukar'.

The following information has been compiled by Mark Paton, a great-grandson of Mary McKinlay daughter of James McKinlay.

We look forward to hearing from McKinlay connections.