Helen was born about 1850 in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland, the daughter of Neil McBride and Catherine Connor.
Her husband was George Burgess Vicars, who she married on 11 JUN 1869 in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Their six known children were Robert (c1870-?), Neil (c1872-?), Catherine (c1875-?), Mary (c1877-?), Ellen (c1879-?) and Thomas (c1880-?).