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Major James Milliken of Milliken

Milliken-Napier Pedigree


Major James MILLIKEN of MILLIKEN, b. 1669, at Knock, Ayrshire, eldest son of Thomas MILLIKEN in Knock and latterly Lochranza, Island of Arran; adm. Burgess and Guild brother of Irvine, Ayrhire, on August 12, 1692; first mentioned on the Island of Nevis, West Indies, in 1700; m. Mary Stephen, widow of Richard Tovey, planter of Nevis; appointed Councillor of Nevis in 1707, then Councillor of St. Kitts in 1715; received patent for 200 acres of land in the French Quarter of Basseterre, St. Kitts, on May 8, 1716; returned to Scotland with Col. William MacDowall, his son-in-law, in 1728; adm. Burgess and Guild brother of Glasgow on August 27, 1733; partner and founder of the South Sugar House in Glasgow; purchased part of the Johnstone estate from George Houston, in 1736, and renamed it the barony of Milliken, as Mr. Houston chose to retain the title of Johnstone; d. February 1741 aged 71 years; his widow died September 12, 1746; they had issue:

  1. Anne MILLIKEN, b. Island of Nevis, West Indies, mentioned in the last will and testament of her maternal grandmother, Margaret Tovey of Nevis, dated April 19, 1715; probably died in St. Kitts; nothing more is known.

  2. James MILLIKEN, Esq. of MILLIKEN, b. 1710, Island of Nevis, West Indies; m. April 21, 1734, Jean MacDowall, only daughter of Alexander MacDowall 16th of Garthland and Jean Fergusson daughter of Sir John Fergusson of Kilkerran; succeeded to his father estates in Scotland and St. Kitts in the West Indies in 1741; partner in the South Sugar House in Glasgow; made large improvements to Milliken estate; d. June 7, 1776; had issue:

    1. James MILLIKEN, b. August 17, 1742, at Milliken; matriculated University of Glasgow in 1754, art dealer in Florence, Italy, in 1762; d. unmarried, April 9, 1763, buried at the Old Protestant Cemetery near San Niccolo Del Lido in Venice, Italy.

    2. Alexander MILLIKEN, b. January 17, 1744, at Milliken, matriculated University of Glasgow in 1754; d. unmarried, October 1765 in Paris, France.

    3. Jean MacDowall MILLIKEN, b. at Milliken, m. July 10, 1764, at Milliken, William NAPIER of Culcreuch, Stirlingshire (was under age at his father’s death in 1735), son of John Napier and Margaret Lennox of Culcreuch; husband died April 1773. Col. Napier was descended from Robert Napier of Culcreuch, third son of John Napier of Merchiston (1550-1617), the celebrated Scottish mathematician and inventor of logarithms. Served to her father in 1779, died leaving issue:

      1. Robert John MILLIKEN-NAPIER, b. May 7, 1765, at Milliken; was named after Col. Napier’s friend and relation Lieutenant General Napier of the twelfth regiment of foot; had issue, see below.
      2. Janet McDowall NAPIER, b. at Milliken, February 12, 1771; m. August 12, 1790, William Augustus Kellett (b. January 9, 1765); had issue, an only son Robert John Napier Kellett, b. January 15, 1797; who attained Captaincy in the Black Watch.

    4. Mary MILLIKEN, b. at Milliken; m. Dr. Nathaniel SPENS, physician in Edinburgh, son of Thomas Spens, 15th Baron of Lathallan and Janet Douglas, daughter of Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, Baronet. Nathaniel purchased the estate of Craigsanquhar, Fife, in 1792, was President of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh 1794-96, President of Council, Royal College of Archers (King's Body Guard for Scotland) 1809, member from 1750, Adj-Gen. 1810, (his portrait, painted for Royal College by Sir Henry Raeburn, now hangs in Archer's Hall), matriculated arms at Lyon Office, 1764, and died June 21, 1815. Mary died on March 3, 1774 at Drumdryan House in Edinburgh, leaving issue:

      1. James SPENS, b. 1761; m. 1stly, Isabella Elizabeth, daughter of John MacLeod of MacLeod, and 2ndly, Frances, daughter of Sir John Stuart, Bart., of Allanton. and 3rdly, Elizabeth Joanna, daughter of John Davidson of Revilrig and died 1840, leaving issue.
      2. Thomas SPENS, born 1763; MD, FRCP (Edinburgh), Brig. Royal College of Archers; m. Bethia, daughter of Andrew Wood, MD in Edinburgh and died 1842, leaving issue.
      3. Grahame SPENS, died unmarried.
      4. Nathaniel SPENS, Capt of the Neptune East Indiaman, visited Sweden ante 1800, died in 1801, unmarried.
      5. Janet SPENS, died April 16, 1777, unmarried.

  3. Parnell MILLIKEN, b. Island of Nevis, West Indies, mentioned in the last will and testament of her maternal grandmother Margaret Tovey of Nevis, dated April 19, 1715; d. November, 1728, buried High Kirk of Glasgow, on November 13, 1728, styled Miss Parlan Millikine, daughter of Major Millikine, Governor in St. Christopher.

  4. Francis MILLIKEN, b. Island of Nevis, West Indies, mentioned in the last will and testament of his maternal grandmother, Margaret Tovey of Nevis, dated April 19, 1715; apparently died young in the West Indies.

Co. Robert John MILLIKEN-NAPIER of Culcreuch and Milliken, assumed the name Milliken in compliance with his maternal grandfather's will; b. May 7, 1765, sold Culcreuch in 1778; entered the British Army a year later and remained in active service for nearly twenty two years. He served in India, he commanded the siege of Mangalore, East Indies; in Holland; in Ireland; and in the West Indies. He was obliged to retire from actual service in 1802 due to severe wounds received in battle, and at the time of his death in February 1808, was in point of seniority, the second Colonel in the army ; m. August 13, 1786, Anne CAMPBELL, daughter of Robert Campbell, Esq. of Downie Castle, Argyllshire. She out lived her husband and at the time of her death in 1850, she lived at Drummond Place, Edinburgh. Sir Robert had three known children:

a) Jane MacDowall NAPIER, b., at Castleston in the Isle of Man on June 26, 1787.
b) Sir William John MILLIKEN-NAPIER, b. only son, June 18, 1788, hereafter.
c) Mary MacDowall NAPIER, b. at Milliken on October 18, 1789.

Sir William John MILLIKEN-NAPIER, b. June 18, 1788, at Mullingar, West Meath, Ireland; became a pupil of Thomas Campbell the poet who lived for a time as tutor to Robert Napier of Downie Castle (as boy of about eight years, the future Sir William lived at Dounie with his mother, while his father was away in India); m. November 11, 1815, Elizabeth Christian STIRLING, fifth and youngest daughter of John Stirling and Mary Graham of Kippendavie, Perthshire. William was served heir to his father in 1810 and on March 17, 1818, heir-male general to Archibald Napier, 3rd Baron NAPIER, and became, 8th Baronet of Napier (a title dormant 134 years). He was Convener of Renfrewshire, and died February 4, 1852. His widow died March 3, 1860. Sir William was succeeded by his eldest son:

  1. Mary NAPIER, b. at Milliken, April 7, 1817; m. June 6, 1839, Robert SPEIRS of Burnbrae, Renfrewshire, and Culdees Castle, Perthshire, at Kilbarchan Parish Church; Mary died in 1902, her husband died February 18, 1853. They had issue:

    1. Robert Thomas NAPIER of Burnbrae and Blackstoun, Renfrewshire, and Culdees, Perthshire; b. October 15, 1841; educated Eton and Oxford; m. June 2, 1868, Emily GIFFORD, 3rd daughter of 2nd Baron Gifford; JP for Renfrewshire and Perth, and matriculated arms at Lyon Office, 1859. He died April 3, 1922, and his widow, June 28, 1926. They had issues.
    2. Elizabeth Christian Stirling NAPIER; m. October 10, 1867, Archibald Campbell Douglas of Mains, Dumbartonshire. She died March 1, 1905, he died June 23, 1925. They had issue.

  2. Sir Robert John MILLIKEN-NAPIER, 9th Baronet, of Napier; b. November 7, 1818, at Milliken; m. April 4, 1850, at Pitfour Castle, Perthshire, Anne Salisbury Meliora Ladeveze ADLERCRON, only daughter of John Ladeveze Adlercron, Esq., of Moyglare, County Meath, Ireland; served Lieut-Col. of Renfrewhire Militia, Convener of that county in 1859, and Hon. Col. 4th Battalion, the Princes Louise’s Sutherland and Argyll Highlanders. He died December 4, 1884. His widow died January 5, 1902. They had issue.

    1. William John NAPIER, b. at Milliken, November 6, 1850, baptized the same day, died a few hours later.
    2. Theodora Elizabeth Christian NAPIER, b. at Milliken, November 6, 1850, baptized the same day, died a few hours later.
    3. Anne Salisbury Mary Meliora NAPIER, b. at Milliken, December 30, 1851; m. March 10, 1881, Sir John Adam HAY, 9th Baronet. She died May 4, 1895, her husband, May 13, 1941, left issue.
    4. Aymee Elizabeth Georgian NAPIER, b. at Milliken, December 15, 1853; m. Sir George Douglas CLERK, 8th baronet of Penicuik. Her husband died November 30, 1911, she died May 8, 1947, left issue.
    5. William John NAPIER, b. at Milliken, November 4, 1854; died infant.
    6. Robert James NAPIER, b. at Milliken, November 4, 1854; died young.
    7. Sir Archibald Lennox MILLIKEN-NAPEIR, 10th Baronet, of Napier., b. at Moray Place in Edinbrugh, November 2, 1855; m.1stly, Mary Alison Dorothy FAIRBAIRN, youngest daughter of Sir Thomas Fairbairn, 2nd Baronet of Ardwick, and 2ndly, Charlotte Lousie AUSTIN, only daughter of Hon. Henry William Austin, of Montreal, Canada; he was sometime Lieutenant in Grenadier Guards, and died January 18, 1907, leaving two sons, Alexander Lennox NAPIER, 11th baronet of Napier, and Robert Archibald NAPIER.
    8. Robert Francis Ladeveze NAPIER; b. at Milliken, December 3, 1856; m. July 25, 1887, Emily Norrie MOKE, daughter of George Louis Augustus Moke, of New York; served Major QO Cameron Highlanders, 4th Col. Medjidie, and died from wounds received at Atbara, Egypt, on May 23, 1898. His widow died April 17, 1961, left issue.
    9. William Edward Stirling NAPIER, b. at Naples, May 2, 1858; m. April 12, 1884, Janet Catherine REID, daughter of W. M. Reid; d. September 20, 1900, on the Island of St. Kitts, left issue.

  3. John Stirling NAPIER, b. May 1, 1820; m. March 4, 1845, Janet Brown, only child of Andrew Brown of Auchintorlie, Renfrewshire. He died April 17, 1891, and his widow, October 1913, leaving issue:

    1. John Stirling NAPIER, b. June 22, 1856; m. September 17, 1902, Caroline Charlotte RAMSAY, daughter of Col. Keith Ramsay Maitland; served Lt-Col Res. of Officer and Major in Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders; d. in 1913.
    2. Mary Elizabeth NAPIER, m. June 9, 1902, Capt Charles Lisle STIRLING-COOKSTON of Renton House, Grants House, Berwickshire; d. April 29, 1925.



Michael Milliken of Richmond Green

Surrey, London


Michael MILLIKEN of Richmond Green, Surrey, England, is said to have been closely related to the Millikens of Milliken, Renfrewshire in Scotland. He was born c.1725 and he appears to be the same Michael, son to John Milliken (sic. Milligan) and Martha Galloway in Balniel in the parish of New Luce in Wigtownshire, Galloway. This Michael was baptised on March 1, 1726, at the Kirk of New Luce. He had a brother James baptised at the same parish church on January 11, 1728. In the register, his mother’s surname is spelt ‘Gallaway’ as in Galloway. Later, the family moved to Airyhemming in the parish of Old Luce, where the baptism of another son, Andrew Milliken (sic Miliken) is recorded on August 18, 1734. In the baptismal record, Martha’s name is given by the parish clerk as ‘Galla’, an old shorten form for the name Galloway. Michael’s father is said to have been a minister of the Kirk in Galloway, but if this is in fact the case, I can find no evidence to support this claim in the Fasti Ecclesia.

Michael married Mary Lees on November 25, 1764, at Edensor Parish Church in Derbyshire, England. They were married by John Wood (Curate) before James Booth and William Cowley witnesses to the ceremony. How Michael came be in Derbyshire in England is still a mystery, though, it is possible he may have been in the service of John Stewart, son of Alexander Stewart, and Viscount Garlies from 1747 until 1773, when he succeeded to his father title and estates, as 7th Earl of Galloway. This family held lands in Kirkcudbrightshire, as well as, Wigtownshire, where their principal seat was located at Garlies near Wigtown.

In 1907, there were documents then in the possession of Michael’s descendants to show he was Land Steward to King George III (1760-1820), and lived in an old-fashioned house belonging to the King, at Richmond Green, which was demolished about 1848. Family tradition recounts that then Lord Galloway on one occasion when he and Michael were both attending the King, remarked to this Majesty, “Mr. Milliken comes of one of the oldest families in Scotland”. The said Lord Galloway was John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway, ‘Lord of the Bedchamber’ to King George III from 1783 until his death in 1806.

He had several children:

  1. John MILLIKEN, bapt on July 15, 1767, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond; died on August 13, 1767, and buried in the church graveyard.
  2. Martha MILLIKEN, bapt on November 4, 1768, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond: married on April 22, 1795, Thomas Pritchard at the same church.
  3. Betty MILLIKEN, bapt on August 9, 1770, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond; died at the ‘The Green’, Richmond, and buried in Richmond Graveyard on February 7, 1861. Betty never married and remained at home with her sisters.
  4. Sarah MILLIKEN, bapt on February 20, 1772, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. She is not mentioned in her father’s will in 1799.
  5. Catherine MILLIKEN, bapt on September 24, 1773, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. No further information.
  6. Margaret MILLIKEN, bapt on June 28, 1775, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. No further information.
  7. James MILLIKEN, bapt on June 24, 1776, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond; he only lived a day and was buried on June 26, 1776.
  8. Mary Ann MILLIKEN, bapt on October 8, 1778, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. She is mentioned in her father’s will in 1799, when she was unmarried.
  9. William MILLIKEN, bapt on April 20, 1780, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. See second generation for his family.
  10. Ernest MILLIKEN, bapt on August 6, 1783, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. See second generation for his family.
  11. Harriot Isabella MILLIKEN, bapt on February 8, 1788, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. She is mentioned in her father’s will in 1799, when she was unmarried.

Death of Michael Milliken of Richmond Green

January 23, 1800
Died on Thursday last, after an illness of four days, Mr. Michael Milliken of Richmond Green, Surrey, aged 75, sincerely lamented by all who knew him.
[True Briton (1793), London, Saturday, January 25, 1800]

His last will and testament – Probate on March 1, 1800

In the Name of God Amen. ‘I Michael Milliken of Richmond in the County of Surrey’ do make this my will and testamentary, body to be actually buried and my debts paid, to my beloved wife Mary Milliken I give £200, and his household goods, furniture, and bequeaths them on her death, and other gifts, to ‘my four daughters’ Martha Pritchard, Betty, Mary Ann and Harriot Milliken, my beloved children sums of money, and to his sons, William Milliken and Earnest Milliken, sums of money, when he comes of age.

And he appoints his wife, daughter Betty, son William, to be his executors to this his last will and testament dated [December?] 12, 1799. The mark of Michael Milliken, and witnessed by Sarah Barker and David Dundas.

It was proved at London on March 5, 1800, by his executors, Mary Milliken, widow and relict, Betty Milliken spinster the daughter, and William Milliken the son, all executors.

[Prerogative Court of Canterbury, National Archives, England, PROB 11/1339/113]

SECOND GENERATION

William MILLIKEN, bapt on April 20, 1780, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. Through the influence of King George III, William was placed in the General Post Office in London, which he became Secretary. After 56 years of service in the General Post Office, he died at Burton Street in London, on July 25, 1851, aged 71 years. He married Maria Margaret Young daughter of Robert and Henrietta Maltida Young. Maria was born on February 9, 1795; bapt on March 11, 1795, at the British Factory Chaplaincy in Lisbon and died in 1869.

  1. William MILLIKEN born c. 1798 in Richmond(?). See third generation.
  2. Ernest Frederick MILLIKEN, born March 5, 1801; bapt on June 17, 1801, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. An Ernest Milliken was buried a Camberwell in Surrey on September 28, 1816. He seems to be the son of Elizabeth Milliken also buried at Camberwell on April 1, 1818.
  3. Frederick Williams MILLIKEN, born January 15, 1827, Lambeth, London; bapt on February 13, 1828, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Bermondsey, London. He married Anne Nichols on August 7, 1853, at Hayle, Cornwall.
  4. Sophia Williams MILLIKEN, born December 1, 1827, at Lambeth, London; bapt on February 13, 1828, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Bermondsey, London.
  5. Alfred Williams MILLIKEN, born July 6, 1829; bapt on August 2, 1829, St. Saviour Church, Southwark, Surrey. He became Comptroller of the Post Office Savings Bank and died unmarried.
  6. Augusta MILLIKEN, born December 9, 1830, at Holland Place, Kensington, London; bapt on December 20, 1833, at St. Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, London.
  7. Margaret MILLIKEN, born February 28, 1832, at Holland Place, Kensington, London; bapt on December 20, 1833, St. Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, London.
  8. Emily MILLIKEN, born November 7, 1833, at Holland Place, Kensington, London; bapt on December 20, 1833, St. Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, London.
  9. Olivia Fanny MILLIKEN, born December 3, 1835, at Burton Street, St Pancras, Middlesex; bapt on February 28, 1837, at Old Church, St. Pancras, Middlesex.

Ernest MILLIKEN, bapt on August 6, 1783, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond; married Catherine Ann Staff at St. Mary of Newington, Surrey, on April 24, 1817. At the time of his death in January 1867, Ernest lived in Putney, South London. He was buried at Richmond Churchyard on January 11, 1867, aged 83 years.

  1. Catherine MILLIKEN, born in 1818; bapt on August 23, 1818, at Walworth Locks Fields Chapel (Independent), York Street, Southwark.
  2. Ernest MILLIKEN, born in 1823; bapt on May 1, 1823, at Walworth Locks Fields Chapel (Independent), York Street, Southwark.

THIRD GENERATION

William MILLIKEN, bapt on April 20, 1780, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond. He is known to have married twice, firstly, to Elizabeth, whose surname is unknown to me. By this marriage he had at least two sons, William and Ernest Frederick Milliken (see below). She might well be the same Elizabeth Milliken, buried in Camberwell, Surrey, on April 1, 1818. He married secondly, Maria Margaret Young daughter of Robert and Henrietta Maltida Young. Maria was born on February 9, 1795; christened on March 11, 1795, at the British Factory Chaplaincy in Lisbon and died in 1869. He had seven children by Maria Young, starting with Frederick Williams Milliken. At present, I have been unable to locate a record of each marriage, nor the christening of William’s eldest son.

Through the influence of King George III, William was placed in 1795 in the General Post Office, and eventually became its Secretary. After 56 years of service in the Post Office, he died at Burton Street, St Pancras, Middlesex, on July 25, 1851, aged 71 years.

  1. George Drummond MILLIKEN, born January 1, 1837, Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland. He died the following day, on January 2, 1837.
  2. Caroline Maria MILLIKEN, born January 6, 1838, Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland; bapt on February 7, 1838, at Mallow Church of Ireland. She married Don Ramon de Silva Ferro Fras on August 27, 1863, at the Catholic Church, Spanish Place, London. Died aged 72 years at 30 Avenue Road, St. John’s Wood, London.
  3. Helen Juliet MILLIKEN, born August 21, 1840; baptised on November 6, 1840, at St. Giles, Camberwell, Surrey.
  4. Elizabeth Georgiana MILLIKEN, born February 3, 1844, at Peckham, Surrey; bapt on July 10, 1844, at St. Giles, Camberwell, Surrey.
  5. William Edward Drummond MILLIKEN, born October 2, 1845, at Peckham, Surrey; bapt on April 8, 1846, at St. Giles, Camberwell, Surrey.

A Handbook of London Bankers (1890)

1845 - Bank of Australasia (Wm. Milliken, Sec), 2, Moorgate Street.

1846 - Bank of Australasia (William Milliken, Sec.), 8, Austinfriars.

1847 - Bank of Australasia (Wm. Milliken, Sec), 8, Austinfriars.

1848 - Bank of Australasia (Wm. Milliken, Sec), 8, Austinfiriars.

1849 - Bank of Australasia (Wm. Milliken, Sec), 8, Austinfriars.




Jane Millikin of Ballyboggan

County Donegal

Jane MILLIKIN, born probably Scotland; married Templemore Parish, Co. Londonderry, Alexander McGhie, a linen-manufacturer of Londonderry and reputed son of Sir John McGhie of Balmaghie in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. They are said to have lived in Ballyboggan in the parish of Clonleigh, Co. Donegal and had seven known children:

  1. Jane MCGHIE, bapt October 11, 1661; m. Joseph CALDWLL of Ballyboggan in the parish of Clonleigh, Co. Donegal, bapt January 9, 1657, son of John Caldwell and Mary Holmes of Ballyboggan, on April 8, 1682. The Caldwell family came originally from Straiton in Ayrshire. Joseph served in the defence of Derry and died in 1730, being buried on his farm in Ballyboggan on 3 Sep 1730. Jane d. in 1740.

    1. John CALDWELL, b. circa 1683 in Ballyboggan. At 15 years, family tradition asserts, he was sent to Edinburgh, for his education and that during his five years stay, among his father’s relatives, he became engrossed in the teachings of John Knox. His interest in religion was also influenced by his mother’s uncle, William MILLIKIN, a Presbyterian minister, with whom he spent the summer of his 18th year. John married Margaret PHILLIPS, daughter of James Phillips, on January 4, 1704. Emigrated to America in 1727 with his wife, family, except one daughter. Said to have arrived at New Castle, Delaware, on December 11, 1727. He then moved to Chestnut Level in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and then about 1742, he moved to Lunenburg County (now Charlotte), Virginia, where he died at Club Creek on October 6, 1750.

    2. Jane CADWELL, b. Abt 1688 in Ballyboggan; d. Abt 1784, Farmville, Amelia (or Prince Edward) Co., Virginia.

    3. Elizabeth CALDWELL, b. Abt 1684 in Ballyboggan: m. James Moore; d. in Virginia.

    4. Margaret CALDWELL, b. Abt 1686 in Ballyboggan; m. Robert J. MCJUNKIN; d. 1740 in Stewartstown in Co. Tyrone, Ireland.

    5. George CALDWELL, b. Abt 1690 in Ballyboggan; m. Jane PHILLIPS.

    6. Catherine CALDWELL, b. 1691-1692 in Ballyboggan; d. Abt 1763 in Club Creek, Virginia.

    7. Andrew CALDWELL, b. 1692-1693 in Ballyboggan; d. Abt 1752 in Pequba, Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania.

  2. Elisabeth MCGHIE, b. October 11, 1661 (twin); had sasine with Elizabeth, 1666.

  3. William MCGHIE lived in Creggan, Co. Londonderry; m. Anne, had a son, John.

  4. Robert MCGHIE late of Creggan, Co. Londonderry; m. Jane Barclay, daughter of Alexander Barclay and Margaret Millikin; and had the following children: Jane, Elizabeth, Margaret, Alexander, Thomas emigrated to Paxtang, Lancaster Co., PA; John, Mary, James to Derry, Lancaster Co., PA.

  5. James MCGHIE of Castlefinn in Donaghmore parish, Co. Donegal.

  6. Thomas MCGHIE of Creggan, Co. Londonderry.

  7. Alexander MCGHIE of Strabane, Co. Tyrone; m. Margaret Lowry, daughter of Thomas Lowry, circa 1690, and had a son Thomas, b. Co., PA; will 27, May 1736.



Robert Lindsay Milligan

Charleston, South Carolina, & Edinburgh, Scotland

&

Margaret Milligan

Spouse of John Gregory Esq. of Edinburgh


Sometime ago, I was contacted by a lady who was researching her ancestor Margaret Milligan, born in or about 1790. According to family tradition she was thought to have lived at Glamis Castle near Forfar, Scotland, during the early years of her life and been the niece and ward of the Earl of Strathmore. She married John Gregory who was born either in Jamaica or in Scotland. This couple had several children, including, a child called Robert Lindsay Milligan Gregory, the lady’s great grandfather. In some family papers, there was also reference to a Dr. Milligan, either Margaret’s brother or father. Family tradition claimed that Margaret’s cousin, thought to be a Lt. Charles Manner Sutton, obtained a commission for the young Robert as mid shipman in his uncle, Lord Lindsay’s ship. And all went going well until Margaret died of pneumonia, and her brother, Dr. Milligan, cancelled it and sent Robert to Dumfries Academy or Edinburgh University.

In 1853, Robert Gregory emigrated to Australia with his wife Mary Grose and their first four daughters. As a child, Robert was said to have played with Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore and apparently, whilst in Australia, Claude drew him a crest depicting a shattered oak. The Gregory family in Australia used this crest privately on their letterheads. Robert also had brooches of this crest made for all his daughters and one still exists to this day.

Since receiving this enquiry, I have been able to establish that Margaret Milligan was the eldest daughter of John Milligan of Charleston, South Carolina, and married John Gregory of Jamaica, in Dumfries, Scotland, on 30th August 1810.

1. Edinburgh Advertiser

Milligan, Margaret, eldest daughter of John Milligan, late of Charleston, married John Gregory, Jamaica, in Dumfries, on August 1810. EA 4872, 159.
[Dobson, David: Directory of Scottish Settles in North America 1625-1825, Vol. 3]

The original News Paper entry records:

Marriage: - At Dumfries, on the 30th August, John Gregory Esq., from Jamaica to Margaret eldest daughter of John Milligan Esq. late of Charleston. [Entry in the Edinburgh Advertiser, September 7, 1810, Vol. XLIV, no. 4872, p. 159]

It would appear that in the couple had in all ten children. The following baptismal entries have been extracted from the Church of Scotland parish index.

2. Annan Parish Church (Index)

September 25, 1812
Baptism of Elizabeth Sherl Gregory daughter of John Gregory and Margaret Milligan.

July 24, 1815
Baptism of Timothy Gregory son of John Gregory and Margaret Milligan.

October 3, 1817
Baptism of John Gregory son of John Gregory and Margaret Milligan.

November 11, 1819
Baptism of Ann Milligan Gregory daughter of John Gregory and Margaret Milligan.

March 31, 1821
Baptism of Robert Gregory son of John Gregory and Margaret Milligan.

October 24, 1822
Baptism of Daniel Gregory son of John Gregory and Margaret Milligan.

May 24, 1824
Baptism of Margaret Gregory daughter of John Gregory and Margaret Milligan.

3. Edinburgh Parish Church (Index)

November 28, 1825
Baptism of Edwardina Gregory daughter of John Gregory and Margaret Melligan.

November 2, 1826
Baptism of William Gregory son of John Gregory and Margaret Melligan.

November 2, 1826
Baptism of William McLellan Gregory son of John Gregory and Margaret Milligan.

The death of the last son, William McLellan Gregory is recorded on the headstone erected by Robert Lindsay Milligan, Surgeon, in Greyfriars Churchyard in Edinburgh.

4. Monumental Inscriptions in Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh.

Robert Lindsay Milligan, M.D., 1834.

In Memory of William M’Lellan Gregory, the infant son of John Gregory, Esq. Also Susannah Ann Byecrof, who died in Edinburgh on Sunday the 5th December 1830, aged 30 years, much regretted.
[Brown, James: The Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions in Greyfriars Churchyard, p. 29]

Dr. Robert Lindsay Milligan is the same Robert Milligan who graduated from Edinburgh University and who came from South Carolina.

5. List of the Graduates in Medicine, University of Edinburgh 1705-1866

Milligan, Edward, Scotus, de Hernia, 1815.
Milligan, Gulielus, Hibernus, de Febre Flava, 1822.
Milligan, Robertus Lindsay, Americanus, De Pota Assimilande, 1822.
Milligan, John Laidlaw, Scotland, on reflex Action, 1862.

6. Medical Matriculation Rolls of the University of Edinburgh

Milligan, Robert L, 1821-22, South Carolina.
Milligan, Robert L, 1827-28, United States.
Milligan, Robert L, 1828-29, Edinburgh.
Milligan, Robert L, 1830-31, Edinburgh.

Robert Milligan and his sister Margaret Milligan were evidently the children of John Milligan Esq. of Charleston, South Carolina, who died in 1801. The record of his death has been preserved on a headstone in the Kirkbean graveyard in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.

7. Gravestone Inscription

Flat Stone: Here lies John Milligan mason Kirkbean who died 7th July 1767, aged 44 years. Son Jas, joiner, Kirkbean, died [25] November 1779, aged 40. Jas Milligan, joiner, Kirkbean, in memory of his wife Ann Andrew died May 1773, aged 26. Son John, Esq. mert Charlestown, South Carolina, died 18th July 1801, aged [3]6, also son, William, Esq. Charlestown, S. Carolina, died in his passage home October 1810, aged [4]4 years.
[Mitchell, Alison (editor): Stewartry of Kirkcudbright Monumental Inscriptions, Vol. 7, p. 10]

This headstone also reveals the name of John Milligan’s father, James Milligan joiner in Kirkbean and his brother, William Milligan, Esq. also of Charleston, whose will was published in 1810 and made probate at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

8. Testament of William Milligan, merchant of Charleston

I William Milligan of Charleston, South Carolina, merchant, being of sound disposition do hereby publish my last will and testament. In it, he leaves the following legacies:
To his brother Peter Milligan and sister Elizabeth £1500.
To his aunt Lucy Lindsay (now Wilson) £300.
To his friends Robert Sturgeon, John Sturgeon and Andrew Sturgeon, sons of my late good friend William Sturgeon whom I lived seven years £500.
To his friend and cousin William Thompson formerly of this City £2000.
To his nephew James Irving, son of the before named sister £2000. To his niece Ann Irving £1500.
All the above live in Great Britain.

[Still to complete]

In his will, William Milligan refers to his aunt Lucy Lindsay. It is evident William’s mother was a Lindsay by her maiden name and not Andrews. The following Lindsay-Milligan marriage is found in Kirkbean Parish Church records, next to the parish of Colvend in Kirkcudbrightshire.

9. Kirkbean Parish Church

Marriage of James Milligan in this parish and Ann Lindsay in the parish of Colvend on November 29, 1764, after they gave up their names to be proclaimed on November 8, 1764.

Ann Lindsay is mentioned in the will of her brother William Lindsay, also a merchant in Charleston.

10. Testament of William Lindsay, merchant of Charleston, died 30 June 1786.

William Lindsay, Charleston, merchant. Brother: James Lindsay of Corsock, parish of Colvend, Scotland. Sisters: Lucy Lindsay; Elizabeth, Ann (deceased), Isbell, Helen and Jean (Lindsay). Nephew: William Milligan. Mentions: letter of this date directed to executors; residue of estate to brother, sisters Elizabeth, children of my deceased sister Jean; executors to put shares of children of sisters Ann and Jean in most advantageous manner for benefit of said children until they are of age; executors to pay to guardians of said children a sum not exceeding annual interest of the legacy; in case sister Jean has no children at time of my decease, then executors shall hold in trust that part of my estate for her use. Exors: brother James Lindsay; Robert Lindsay, merchant in London; William Thompson and William Lennox, merchants in Charleston; nephew William Milligan when of age. Witnessed by John Sutherland, Samuel Blair and George Blair.
Probate 3 July 1786.

According to the above will, William Lindsay’s brother, James Lindsay, lived in Corsack in the parish of Colvend. James Lindsay was the son of William Lindsay of Corsack. The following baptisms appear in the Indexes to Colvend Church of Scotland.

11. Colvend Church of Scotland

The children of William Lindsay and Helen (Nelly) Blair in Corsack.
Elizabeth Lindsay christened on February 19, 1740.
Charles Lindsay christened on November 28, 1745.
Helen Lindsay christened on August 29, 1748.
Isabel Lindsay christened on December 19, 1750.
William Lindsay christened on May 7, 1753.
Hugh Lindsay christened on April 11, 1755.
Roger Lindsay christened on April 11, 1755.
Lucia Lindsay christened on March 24, 1757.
Jean Lindsay christened on May 11, 1759.

12. Colvend Churchyard

Table Stone
In Memory of William Lindsay died Corsack 7 September 1762 aged 55, wife Hellen Blair died 1 February 1781 aged 63, also children, Mary, Hugh & Rodger, son William died Charlestown, South Carolina 30 June 1786 aged 33, son James died Woodhouse 1 June 1809 aged 67, James Lindsay’s wife Anne Lindsay died Maxwelltown 23 June 1816 aged 63.
[Mitchell, Alison (editor): Stewartry of Kirkcudbright Monumental Inscriptions, Vol. 5, p. 2]

John Milligan’s name appears in the 1790 Census records for Charleston, South Carolina, but is not mentioned in the 1800 Census.

13. South Carolina State 1790 Census

Charleston County: St Phillip's & St. Michael's Parish.

John Millegan, 1 free male over 16 yrs, 1 free male under 16 yrs, 3 free white females.
John Milligan, 1 free male over 16 yrs, 1 free male under 16 yrs, 1 other person.

Two William Milligans appear in the 1800 and 1810 Census, but no John Milligan.

14. South Carolina State 1800 Census

City of Charleston

William Milligan, 1 resident aged between 26-45.
William Milligan, 1 resident aged between 26-45, 1 over 45 years.

15. South Carolina State 1810 Census

William Milligan, 2 male aged between 16-25, 1 male between 26-45, 1 male over 45 years.
Mrs. Milligan, 1 male over 45 years, 1 female over 45 years.

The following Newspaper notices refer to a William Milligan of Charleston.

16. News Papers

The South Carolina Gazette (1732-1801)

Marriage Notices (Charleston)

Monday, October 11, 1773
Last Tuesday evening Mr. William Milligan was married to Miss Rebecca Stoll, daughter of Mr. Justinus Stoll.

Monday, August 12, 1799
Married, on Saturday evening, by the Rev. Dr. Buist, Arthur Harper, Esq., to Mrs. Elizabeth Milligan.

Tuesday, July 22, 1800
Married, on Sunday evening last, by the Rev. Dr. Frost, Mr. Isaac Parker to the agreeable Miss Mary Milligan, both of this City.

I wonder if Jacob Milligan a veteran of the American Revolution came from near Dumfries. Perhaps, other Milligan and Millican families also settled in South Carolina from the same area in Scotland. For those interested in Scottish-American history, the American Revolutionary War hero, John Paul Jones, was born near Kirkbean on July 6, 1747.

The pedigree of Charles Milligan, Esq. of Caldwell Hall, Derby, England, preserves a clue as to the lineage of Robert Lindsay Milligan and Margaret Milligan, which is traced to the Rev. Peter Amuligane. According to this pedigree, their grandfather, James Milligan of Kirkbean, was the son of John Milligan of Kirkbean, son of Peter Milligan of Dalbeattie, son of Peter Milligan, son of Herbert Milligan, son of the Rev. Peter Milligan, otherwise Amuligane, minister of Colvend Church. The writer of this article would very much welcome correspondence with any person directly descended from the Milligans of Colvend, Dalbeattie and Kirkbean.



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