(Abt 1819-Bef 1869)
ADAM, Jean
(Abt 1819-)


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MILLER, James 2

  • Born: May 8, 1844, Middle Parish, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Marriage: ADAMSON, Jane on Dec 30, 1869 in East Parish, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland 1
  • Died: Dec 18, 1923, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland aged 79
  • Buried: Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland

bullet   Another name for James was MILLER, James.


bullet  Notes:

Married at 4 Morton Terrace, East Parish, Greenock, Renfrewshire.

Witnesses -
Robert Wallace
Janet Cuthbert

1881 Census - 87 Bellville St., East Greenock, Renfrew.
Occupants - James + Jane + James 10, David 8, William 6, George 2, Alexander 1month and Ellen Adamson (Jane's sister)
Dockyard Manager, Passage Docks Co., Passage West, Co. Cork, (Isabella born there 1883)
Then to Red River (Selkirk) Settlement, (Baresford, near Brandon Manitoba),
In Manitoba, 1884-5 for 9 - 10 years.
Returned to Grangemouth from Canada.
Manager of Grangemouth Docks from about 1894.
Designed "Millar's Patented Revolving Accommodation Ladder"
Retired 1912 and visited sons David etc. in Canada.

Grandsable Cemetery, Polmont, Plot 4 Lair 17

From a newspaper cutting stuck to the back of a picture of James -


With the passing of Mr. James Millar, at his residence at Laurelbank, on Tuesday, there has passed one of the oldest, if not the oldest shipbuilder in Scotland.
A native of Greenock, he served his apprenticeship at an early age to the Shipbulding, and in his early manhood worked on some of the noted sailing vessels of past days. He helped to build the old "Black Palace," the second iron vessel built on the Clyde by the Admiralty. He also built a number of light craft at Greenock for shipment in parts to South America and elsewhere. After this he held the position of Manager of a shipyard in Cork Harbour, the present proprietors being Messrs Furness Withy & Coy. While there he built several vessels for Australia, and he also constructed the Dock Gates for Limerick.
In the early eighties he went to Manitoba to engage in farming, but this life did not appeal to him, and he returned to this country in the early nineties, and got the position as manager of the Shipyard in Grangemouth, which he held for about 18 years, during which he put through his hands a number of vessels, many of them special design, He also dealt with a large volume of repair work of which he had a most expert knowledge.
He was known as a most painstaking and energetic manager, a good organiser, and handled the work entrusted to him with the greatest care. He was well liked by all under him and much sympathy is felt for his widow, family, and also his brother Mr. William Millar, shipbuilder, Greenock.
One of his sons [Alex] now holds the position his father held in the Grangemouth Shipbuilding Yard, and another [Charles] is connected with Lloyds Register, and represents them at Rotterdam.


bullet  Events:

1. Occupation: Boilermaker Foreman, 1878.

2. Occupation: Marine Engineer. Boat builder, 1882, Greenock, Cork And Grangemouth.


James married Jane ADAMSON, daughter of William ADAMSON and Isabella FORSYTH, on Dec 30, 1869 in East Parish, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.1 (Jane ADAMSON was born on Jun 5, 1850 in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland and died on May 21, 1931 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.)



1 Copy of Registrar's entries, Scotland's People web site.

2 To be added later, Millars of Greenock.

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