"Born in Glasgow, was at an early age brought to West Ham, Essex, where he spent his school days. He served his apprenticeship at the Glengall Ironworks, Millwall, and since the end of his apprenticeship days had been mostly away at sea. He was for a few years in the P&O service, leaving that company to join the White Star Line. Under this company he served in the Majestic and the Olympic, and was on board the latter vessel at the time of her collision with the cruiser Hawke in the Solent. He was later transferred to the ill-fated Titanic, Mr. Mackie was thirty-two years of age and of a bright and cheerful disposition. His wife predeceased (2nd November 1911) and since her death he had taken up his residence when ashore with relatives at Forest Gate, London, to which district he had moved from Southampton."