Bill Mackie, courtesy of Dave Fredericks, UK
William "Bill" Dickson Mackie was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 31 July 1879.
He was the son of Robert Smith Mackie (b. 1850), also a marine engineer, and his wife Agnes née Dickson (b. 1851). His father was originally of Largs, Ayrshire and his mother was a native of Glasgow.
William and his family seemingly moved to England when he was still a baby and his sister Sarah Ferguson was born in Poplar, Middlesex in late 1881. He had another sibling, James (b. 1877) who died in infancy.
When the 1891 census was conducted William and his family were listed as visitors in his father's hometown of Largs, address 14 Gallowgate Square. William would be absent from the 1901 census but his family were listed as living at 2B Margery Park Road, West Ham, Essex.
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 on 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 married in West Ham, Essex in late 1903 to Annie Thompson Anderson (b. 1880), a native of South Shields, Durham, but the couple would have no children. Annie was listed alone on the 1911 census living at 71 Morris Road, The Polygon, Southampton, William most likely being at sea. William had lost his mother in mid-1910 followed, sadly, by the death of his wife Annie on 2 November 1911 aged 31.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Mackie gave his address as 2B Margery Park Road, Forest Gate, (Essex), the home of his father. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as Junior 5th engineer he could expect monthly wages of £9, 10s.
William Mackie died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is mentioned on his wife's grave in the Old Common Cemetery, Southampton:
William Dickson Mackie
Husband Of Annie T. Mackie
Who Was Drowned In The Titanic Disaster
April 15th 1912
His father Robert, who died in 1917, later benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund as a Class C dependent.