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MILLAR OF HIGH PLAID FARM, OCHILTREE, AYRSHIRE

John MILLAR, stone dyker, was born on the 11 August 1777 at Auchengibbert, Tynron in Dumfrieshire, the son of David MILLAR and Elizabeth GRACIE. Around 1800 he married Elizabeth ROBERTSON – John was possibly from High Plaid Farm, near Ochiltree, Ayrshire at this time.

John and Elizabeth had four known children;

John who married Catherine McQUARRIE in Ochiltree had eleven children who all appear to have been born at High Plaid Farm.

James MILLAR was born on the 15 May 1844 at High Plaid Farm, Ochiltree. At the age of 19 he and a Jane (also known as Jessie and Janet) GUTHRIE, had a son Henry. He was born as Henry GUTHRIE but was brought up by his grandparents at High Plaid and became known as MILLAR.

James (1844-1923) was a curling-stone maker and in 1875 he married Isabella Sharp PURDIE from Muirston Farm, Ochiltree. James and Isabella had seven children, Mary Hastings (1876), Catherine McWharrie (1878), John (1880), Isabella (1882), Jessie Jane (1885), David (1887) and James (1890) all born Ochiltree.

David MILLAR (1887) wrote a book of poems entitled "Screed and Scribbles" which was published by The Ayrshire Post Ltd, Nile Court in 1920. In it there is a poem dedicated to "Harry" which is supposedly about Henry MILLAR, his half brother.

In 1887 Henry married Wilhelmina McCAIG from Crichton Row which was further along the road towards New Cumnock. Around 1892, Henry, Wilhelmina and their three eldest children moved to Terregles near Dumfries, Scotland where they had another seven children. Around 1917 Henry took up the lease of Curriestanes Farm at Troqueer and the family had this until after World War Two.

Henry (GUTHRIE) MILLAR and Wilhelmina nee McCAIG had the following children;


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