Reverend Charles Leonard Kirkland was born in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada in March 1841.
During the 1870s, after a career as a carpenter, Kirkland became an evangelical baptist minister.
He married in Miramichi in 1864 to Rachel Peters Warman. She died on 6 September 1896.
On 30 April 1898 he remarried to divorcee Nellie I. Wheeler Carvell.
He had been in Scotland on family business and was now travelling to visit his sister in Tuxford, Saskatchewan. He accompanied Frank H. Maybery and travelled as a second class passenger.
Kirkland died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.