Person    | Male  Born 12/4/1853  Died 26/1/1925

Sir James MacKenzie

Categories: Medicine

Countries: Scotland

Physician and cardiologist. Our picture source gives a biography of this man.

He was born on 12 April 1853, the third of the seven children of Robert MacKenzie (1816-1898) and Jean Campbell MacKenzie née Menzies (1821-1892). His father was a farmer and in the 1861 census he was shown living at Pickston Hill Farm, Scone, Perthshire, Scotland with his parents, his elder siblings: Maybell MacKenzie (1848-1924) and Basil MacKenzie (1850-1911), his younger brothers Robert MacKenzie (1855-1919) and William Warrender MacKenzie (1860-1942) who would later become the 1st Baron Amulree, together with three domestic servants.

The 1871 census shows him as a druggist assistant still living at Pickston Hill Farm with his parents, the four siblings mentioned in the 1861 census and two younger sisters: Margaret MacKenzie (b.1862) and Jane Campbell MacKenzie (1862-1942) together with two male servants. He qualified as a doctor and in the 1881 census he is shown as general practitioner boarding at 68 Bank Parade, 2 Bankhouse Street, Burnley, Lancashire, the home of Dr Henry Briggs, M.D.

On 13 September 1887 he married Frances Bellamy Jackson (1865-1947) at St Stephen's Church, Shottermill, Haselmere, Surrey. The marriage register shows him as doctor of medicine residing in Burnley whilst her residence was recorded as Haselmere. They were to have two children: Dorothy MacKenzie (1888-1965) and Jean MacKenzie (1892-1909).

The 1891 census shows him as a medical practitioner residing at 66 Bank Parade, Burnley, with his wife, their daughter, a cook and a housemaid and in the 1901 census he recorded as doctor of medicine at 68 Bank Parade, Burnley, with his wife, their two daughters, his sister-in-law Elizabeth M. Jackson (1860-1942) who was a governess, together with a cook and a housemaid.

The 1911 census gives his occupation as a doctor of medicine (physician) residing at 17 Bentinck Street, Marylebone, with his wife, their surviving daughter, a cook and a housemaid.

He died, aged 71 years, on 26 January 1925. Probate records read "MacKenzie, Sir James, M.D., LL.D., F.R.S., sometime of New Park, St Andrews, latterly of 53 Albert Hall Mansions, Kensington Gore, London, died 26 January 1925, testate. Confirmation Edinburgh, 7 April, to Dame Frances Bellamy Jackson or MacKenzie, 53 Albert Hall Mansions aforesaid, his widow, and Sir William Mackenzie, K.B.E., K.C., 3 Stafford Mansions, Buckingham Gate, London, President of the Industrial Court, his brother, Executors. Will dated 18 May 1918 recorded Edinburgh 25 April 1925. Value of estate £39,416-13s-1d".

Credit for this entry to: Andrew Behan.

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