Born at Holestain, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, in 1850 and died at Southport, Qld, on 9 September 1924.
It is not known when he migrated to Australia but he was appointed a District Engineer with the Queensland Railways on 21 January 1882. In 1889 he went to Brisbane as Principal Assistant to the Chief Engineer and after holding several senior positions was appointed Chief Engineer in 1902, becoming Deputy Commissioner in 1911. In 1915, following a re-organization of the railway administration, he was transferred to a separate division based on Townsville, but still filling the position of Deputy Commissioner.Source: Extracted from: Hall, N. (1978) Botanists of the eucalypts. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Melbourne