My great grandfather, Hugh Milliken, was born in 1866 at Ballyskeagh near the town of Newtownards in the North of Ireland, and was the eldest son of James Milliken and Eliza Gray of Ballyskeagh. In all, they had five children, Catherine, Hugh, John, James and Robert Milliken. For over 160 years, my ancestors had lived and farmed in Upper Ballyskeagh. However, after their leasehold expired in the 1860s, they moved to Belfast and later, between Ballymena and Newtownards. From here, Hugh moved to Glasgow in the 1880s and married my great mother, Agnes Brock Lawrie, a dressmaker from Kilsyth, on 22nd May 1889. They had nine children, four of whom survived into adulthood:
1. Ann Kennedy Lawrie HORN, b. March 9, 1887, 106 Hawthorn Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; m. 1st Peter Hind, in Glasgow, on August 8, 1906, (he died in a tragic accident on April 21, 1907), 2nd Andrew McKee, at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, on February 9, 1918; d. September 24, 1961, at Belfast. She had two children, Peter and Netta Hind.
2. James Lawrie MILLIKEN, b. December 2, 1889, at 106 Hawthorn Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; d. July 13, 1892, at 340 Saracen Street, Possilpark, 2 ½ years, caused by Pneumonia; buried Lambhill Cemetery on August 2, 1892.
3. John Lawrie MILLIKEN, b. May 1, 1891, at 340 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; m. Margaret Jane Gilpin, at the Victoria Memorial Hall in Belfast on January 29, 1923; d. May 15, 1968, at Newtownabbey. He had four children, Ruth, Lucy, John and William Milliken (my father)
4. Agnes Lawrie MILLIKEN, b. Apr 28, 1893, 340 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; emigrated to Canada in 1919; m. John McKee, at Saskatchewan, Canada, on December 10, 1920; d. 1973 at Nigeria Falls. She had five children, John, Robert, Agnes, Arnold and Mavis McKee.
5. Hugh MILLIKEN, b. Aug 14, 1895; 340 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; joined the Royal Rifles Irish, killed in action on March 21, 1918, in the fields of Flanders.
6. William Jamieson MILLIKEN, b. December 25, 1897, at 59 Mansion Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; d. on September 17, 1898, at the same address, aged 8 months, caused by Cholera and Diarrhoea; buried Lambhill Cemetery on September 20, 1898.
7. William James MILLIKEN, b. September 24, 1899, at 59 Mansion Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; d. May 18, 1900, at the same address, 7 months, of Pneumonia 5 weeks; buried Lambhill Cemetery on May 21, 1900.
8. Robert MILLIKEN, b. February 17, 1902, at 59 Mansion Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; d. November 20, 1902, at 60 Mansion Street, Possilpark, 9 ½ months, caused by Pneumonia, 16 days; buried Lambhill Cemetery on November 24, 1902.
9. Mary Lawrie MILLIKEN, b. February 17, 1902, at 59 Mansion Street, Possilpark, Glasgow; d. December 12, 1902, at 60 Mansion Street, Possilpark, caused by Pneumonia, 5 weeks; buried Lambhill Cemetery.
The family lived in the Possilpark district of Glasgow, where Hugh worked as a forman fitter at the Saracen Foundary. In 1909, the family moved to Hardgate near Clydebank and lived at Eden Villa, a bungalow situated on the main road leading to Duntochor Cross. Hugh died on Friday 13th May 1910, aged 42 years, after a prolonged illness lasting eleven months. By now, my grandfather, John Milliken, and his two sisters, Ann and Agnes, all worked at the gaint multinational Singer Sewing Machine Company at Kilbowie in Clydebank. My grandfather soon joined the ranks of the 'Red Clydesiders' and took part in the infamous labour strike of 1911 at the Singer Company, which cost him dearly -