In 1851 census his occupation was: Master Dyer Employing 82 Men & Boys 70 Men 12 Boys 40 Females. Lived at Hillock House, Govan, Glasgow.
In 1871 census was aged 70 and living at 312 Govan Road, Govan, Glasgow. His occupation was as an East India Merchant & Dyer employing 119 men, 8 boys and 47 girls. He was born in Perthshire Thornhill.