John Mackinlay (1823-1893)
1893 Obituary 
JOHN MACKINLAY, born on the 10th of July, 1823, was the son of Mr. James Mackinlay, who for many years was employed in the works of G. and J. Rennie, Holland Street, Blackfriars Road.
In due time the youth-in accordance with a practice then prevalent of admitting without premium the eldest sons of old employees-served a regular apprenticeship to that firm. So well did he satisfy the Messrs. Rennie that in 1841 he was appointed on their recommendation a Junior Engineer in the Indian Navy, under covenant.
On arriving in Bombay he was attached to the Dockyard, in charge of the pattern or model department, and some eighteen months later was transferred to the Steam Factory to assist in fitting it up.
In 1843 he was promoted to 2nd-grade and assisted in fitting out the first expedition to China.....[more]
1893 Obituary