This portrait is most likely to be John McLennan. John and his brother James Murdoch McLennan were sons of James McLennan and his wife Jessie Cameron. They had two sisters, Elizabeth and Jessie. John McLennan was born on 21 Apr 1860 and James Murdoch McLennan was born on 19 Oct 1861 in the Westbury district when their father was Sir Richard Dry's head gardener.
By Jan 1890 John and James were both nurserymen in business with their father. James McLennan & Sons were seedsmen, nurserymen and florists at Elphin Nurseries located at 82 Elphin Road, Launceston. They produced vegetable and flower seeds, bulbs, fruit and ornamental trees. Their seed shop was at 95 Brisbane Street. They were also wholesale and retail fruiterers. Their potted fuchsias won two first prizes at the Tasmanian Exhibition in 1891-92.
John remained in Launceston and lived next door to the nursery at 84 Elphin Road. He was a member of the Launceston Rifle Club and won rifle shooting prizes in Tasmania and on the mainland. He was a sergeant major in the 2nd Battalion Tasmanian Infantry and a member of the Loyal Cornwall Lodge. John died on 15 Mar 1913, aged 52. He was buried at the Scotch Cemetery in High Street. The nursery was sold after his death.
His brother, James Murdoch McLennan, died in 1948 aged 86 at Hawthorn, Victoria.