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William Miller jute powerloom tenter

M, #443, b. 21 July 1861, d. 8 February 1946
Last Edited: 15 Oct 2019
7 June 1911 Golden Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher
8 June 1921 Diamond Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher

Parents:

Father*: James Miller jute warehouseman b. 23 May 1817, d. 14 Jun 1881
Mother*: Janet Milne b. 22 Dec 1823, d. 6 Jun 1896
  • (Child) Birth*: William Miller jute powerloom tenter was born on 21 July 1861 at Louden's Alley, Hawkhill, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; Extract of an entry in the Register of Births, ref 953; William Miller; 1861, July Twenty first 4h 45m pm, Louden's Alley, Hawkhill, Dundee; parents James Miller warper and Janet Miller ms Milne; marriage 1845 December 29th, Dundee; signed James Miller, father present; registered 1861 July 23rd, Dundee, signed Peter Smith asst registrar, initialled A L.1
  • He was the son of James Miller jute warehouseman and Janet Milne.
  • (Groom) Marriage*: William Miller jute powerloom tenter married Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver, daughter of James Conway van driver and Agnes McKenzie Fisher kitchen maid, on 21 December 1883 at 4 Rosebank Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1883 on the 21st day of December at 4 Rosebank Street, Dundee after publication according to the forms of the Free Church of Scotland, William Miller powerloom tenter bachelor, aged 22, 166 Scouringburn Dundee, parents James Miller flax warehouseman (dec), Janet Miller ms Mill; Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver spinster, aged 21, 4 Rosebank Street Dundee, parents James Conway bakers van driver, Agnes Conway ms Fisher; signed Wm Forwell minister Blochaim Free Church, William Conway, Jessie Miller witnesses; registered 1883 December 25th at Dundee Thomas Scott assistant registrar, initialled DS.2
  • (Groom) Marriage*: William Miller jute powerloom tenter married Ann Wilson on 21 July 1922 at 13 Dudhope Terrace, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1922 marriages in the district of St Clement in the burgh of Dundee, ref 292; 1922 on the Twentyfirst day of July at 13 Dudhope Terrace Dundee after publication according to the forms of the United Free Church of Scotland; William Miller jute factory overseer widower aged 60, 11 Forest Park Road Dundee, James Miller flax warehouseman (dec), Janet Miller ms Mill (dec); Ann Wilson jute weaver spinster aged 46; 7 Mid Wynd Dundee; James Wilson carpet yarn warper (dec) Elizabeth Wilson ms Anderson (dec); signed James Weatherhead, BD minister of St Paul's UF Church Dundee, Alexander Miller 330 Perth Road Dundee, Mina Watson 7 Mid Wynd Dundee witnesses; registered 1922 July 22nd at Dundee, Alex Buchan registrar.3
  • (Deceased) Death*: William Miller jute powerloom tenter died on 8 February 1946 at 132a Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , at age 84 1946 Deaths in the District of St Andrew in the Burgh of Dundee; # 131, William Miller Jute Mill Overseer (retired) widower of 1) Marion Conway 2) Annie Wilson, 1946 February 8th 4h 0m AM Maryfield Hospital Dundee (UR 132a Nethergate) Male aged 84 years Father James Miller Flax Warehouseman (deceased), Mother Janet Miller ms Mill (deceased) Senility, Cardiovascular Degeneration, Cardiac Failure as certified by Alexander M Mudie MBChB signed K N Miller daughter-in-law 25 Perth Road Dundee 1946 February 8th at Dundee Norman Steele.4
  • Burial*: He was buried after 8 February 1946 at Balgay Cemetery, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .5
  • Occupation*: William was Powerloom Tenter (engineer.)
  • (Informant) Birth: He registered the birth of Agnes Fisher Miller on 12 November 1884 at 134 Blackness Road, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1884 births in the district of St Peter in the burgh of Dundee, ref 930; Agnes Fisher Miller, 1884 November Twelfth 5h 45m am 134 Blackness Road, female parents William Miller jute powerloom tenter and Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway, m 1883 December 21st Dundee; signed William Miller father present; registered 1884 November 26th at Dundee Jas Young registrar.6
  • (Informant) Birth: William Miller jute powerloom tenter registered the birth of Jessie Milne Miller on 7 January 1887 at 159 Scouringburn, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1887 births in the district of St Mary in the burgh of Dundee; #41; Jessie Milne Miller, 1887 January seventh 4h 0m am 159 Scouringburn Dundee; f, parents William Miller powerloom tenter Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway, m 1883 December 21 Dundee; signed William Miller father present; registered 1887 Janurray 19th at Dundee Jas Anderson registrar.7
  • Photograph*: William Miller jute powerloom tenter is in this photograph taken circa 1890.5
  • (Informant) Birth: He registered the birth of Marion McKenzie Miller on 21 June 1890 at 159 Scouringburn, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1890 births in the district of St Mary in the burgh of Dundee, ref 464; Marion McKenzie Miller, born 1890 June Twenty First at 8h 0m am at 159 Scouringburn Dundee, female, parents William Miller powerloom tenter and Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway who married 1888 December 21 at Dundee; signed William Milller father present, registered 1890 Jully 8th at Dundee signed Jas Anderson registrar.8
  • (Informant) Birth: William Miller jute powerloom tenter registered the birth of Alexander Miller on 30 June 1893 at 16 Cleghorn Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1893 Births in the District of St Mary in the Burgh of Dundee #469; Alexander Miller, 1893 June Thirtieth 11h 30m PM 16 Cleghorn Street Dundee; Male; Father William Miller Powerloom Tenter; Mother Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway; Married 1883 December 21 Dundee; signed William Miller father present; 1893 July 17th at Dundee John Taylor Assist Registrar.9
  • (Informant) Death: William Miller jute powerloom tenter registered the death of Alexander Miller on 4 September 1893 at 16 Cleghorn Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1893 Deaths in the District of St Mary in the Burgh of Dundee #551; Alexander Miller single, 1893 September Fourth 10h 20m PM 16 Cleghorn Street Dundee, Male aged 3 months, Father William Miller Powerloom Tenter, Mother Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway, Acute Intestinal Catarrh 4 days as certified by C S Young MBCS, signed William Miller father present, 1893 September 5th at Dundee John Taylor Assist Registrar initialled JA.10
  • (Witness) Birth: William Miller jute powerloom tenter witnessed the birth of Alexander Miller chiropodist on 6 May 1897 at 16 Cleghorn Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; Extract of an Entry in a Register of Births; District of St Mary in the Burgh of Dundee; #329; Alexander Miller; 1897 May Sixth 11h 0m AM 16 Cleghorn Street Dundee; Male; Father William Miller Powerloom Tenter; Mother Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway; Married 1883 December 21st Dundee; signed William Miller father; 1897 May 19th at Dundee JHS Meek Assist Registrar initialled JA.11
  • (Informant) Birth: William Miller jute powerloom tenter registered the birth of Lizzie Conway Miller on 5 May 1899 at 159 Scouringburn, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1899 births in the district of St Mary in the burgh of Dundee, ref 325; Lizzie Conway Miller, 1899 May fifth 2h 0m am 159 Souringburn Dundee, female, parents William Miller powerloom tenter and Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway, m 1883 December 21st Dundee, signed Wm Miller father present, registered 1899 May 18th at Dundee Tho Meek registrar.12
  • (Witness) Marriage: William Miller jute powerloom tenter witnessed the marriage of Robert Neill and Agnes Fisher Miller on Wednesday, 17 July 1907 at 132d Nethergate, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1907 marriages in the district of St Mary in the burgh of Dundee, ref 208; 1907 on the seventeenth day of July at 132d Nethergate Dundee after publicatoin according to the forms of the English Presyterian Church; signed Robert Neil watchmaker master bachelor, aged 24, residing 24 Thomson Street Dundee, parents John Neill watchmaker foreman and Catherine Carstairs Neill mss Corsar; signed Agnes Fisher Miller baker's saleswoman spinster, aged 22, residing 13 Rosefield Street Dundee; parents William Miller powerloom tenter and Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway; signed John Conway St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hammersmith London, signed George Whitton witness, Wm Miller witness, Marion Miller witness; registered 1907 July 18th at Dundee Thos Meek regsitrar.13
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: William Miller jute powerloom tenter was present when James Conway van driver and Agnes McKenzie Fisher kitchen maid were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 7 June 1911 at Mathers Hotel, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .14
    Mathers Hotel Dundee
  • (Witness) Passenger List: William Miller jute powerloom tenter was mentioned on a passenger list with James Milne Miller Grocer, Undertaker & Upholsterer, Auctioneer's Clerk and Margaret Abercrombie Porter, Janet Miller, James Milne Miller, Jane Miller and Charles Robert Kirkwood Lawson on the Numidian Ship Allan Shipping Line between 12 April 1913 and 26 April 1913 at Glasgow to Boston. List of manifest of alien passengers for the United States immigration officer at port of arrival; SS Numidian sailing from Glasgow 12 April 1913, arriving at Boston 26 April 1913; ref 18; Miller, James M, aged 52, male, married, occ salesman, can read & write, nationality British, race Scotch, last permanent residence Scotland Dundee, name of relative or friend in country whence came Bro Wm Miller, Forrest Park Road, Dundee, Scotland, final destination Mass Worcester, whether having a ticket to such final destination - no, passage paid by self, in possession of $200, previously in US for visit in 1883 to Boston, going to join friend or relative - son-in-law Mr Chas Lawson 249 Chandler St, Worcester, Mass, never in prison etc, polygamist, anachist..., in good mental & physical health, not deformed or crippled, height 5ft 8in, fair complexion, brown hair, brown eyes, no ID marks, born Scotland Dundee.15
  • (Witness) Passenger List: William Miller jute powerloom tenter was mentioned on a passenger list with Elizabeth Anderson Miller and Robert Davie Lawson, Margaret Ambrose Lawson, Ellen Cunnison Lawson, Lena Miller Lawson, Stanley Lawson and Charles Robert Kirkwood Lawson on the Numidian Ship Allan Shipping Line between 12 April 1913 and 26 April 1913 at Glasgow to Boston. List of manifest of alien passengers for the United States immigration officer at port of arrival; SS Numidian sailing from Glasgow 12 April 1913, arriving at Boston 26 April 1913; ref 1; Lawson, Elizabeth, aged 33, female, married, occ wife, can read & write, nationality British, race Scotch, last permanent residence Scotland Dundee, name of relative or friend in country whence came Wm Miller, Forrest Park Road, Dundee, Scotland, final destination Mass Worcester, whether having a ticket to such final destination - no, passage paid by husband, in possession of $50, previously in US for visit in 1883, going to join friend or relative - husband Mr Chas Lawson 249 Chandler St, Worcester, Mass, [note - Father is no 18] never ..., polygamist, anachist..., in good mental & physical health, not deformed or crippled, height 5ft 3in, open complexion, black hair, gray eyes, no ID marks, born Scotland Dundee.15
  • (Witness) Passenger List: William Miller jute powerloom tenter was mentioned on a passenger list with James Milne Miller Grocer, Undertaker & Upholsterer, Auctioneer's Clerk and Margaret Abercrombie Porter, Janet Miller, James Milne Miller, Jane Miller and Charles Robert Kirkwood Lawson on the Numidian Ship Allan Shipping Line from 12 April 1913 to 16 April 1913 at Glasgow to Boston, Scotland & USA, . List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for The United States Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival

    Miller, James M, age 52, male, married, occupation salesman, can read & write, British nationality, Scotch race, last permanent residence Scotland, Dundee, nearest relative in country whence came brother William Miller Forest Park Road Dundee, Final destination Mass, Town Worcester, does not have ticket to final destination, paid for by self, inpossession of $200, previously in US in 1883 as visitor to Boston, going to join friend or relative son-in-law Charles Lawson 249 Chandler of Worcester, never in prison etc, not polygamist, not anarchist, not coming by reason of offer etc, good health, not derformed or crippled, height 5'8" complexion fair, hair brown, eyes brown, no ID marks, born Scotland Dundee
    Miller, wife Margaret, age 54, female, married, occupation wife, can read & write, British nationality, Scotch race, last permanent residence Scotland, Dundee, nearest relative in country whence came brother William Miller Forest Park Road Dundee, Final destination Mass, Town Worcester, does not have ticket to final destination, paid for by self, inpossession of $200, previously in US in 1883 as visitor to Boston, going to join friend or relative son-in-law Charles Lawson 249 Chandler of Worcester, never in prison etc, not polygamist, not anarchist, not coming by reason of offer etc, good health, not derformed or crippled, height 4'11" complexion dark, hair black, eyes grey, no ID marks, born Scotland Blairgowrie.16
  • Photograph*: William Miller jute powerloom tenter and Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver are in this photograph taken say 1918 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, .5
  • (Informant) Death: William Miller jute powerloom tenter registered the death of Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver on 15 February 1918 at 9 Forest Park Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1918 Deaths in the District of St Mary in the Burgh of Dundee #12a; Marion McKenzie Miller married to William Miller Jute Factory Overseer 1918 February Fifteenth 8h 45m AM 9 Forest Park Road Dundee Female aged 55 years Father James Conway Baker's Van Driver (retired) Mother Agnes Conway ms Fisher Malignant Disease of Liver as certified by H Buist MB signed William Miller widower present 1918 February 16th at Dundee JHS Meek registrar.17
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: William Miller jute powerloom tenter was present when James Conway van driver and Agnes McKenzie Fisher kitchen maid were celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 8 June 1921 at Masonic Hall, Cupar, Fife, Scotland, .14
  • (Informant) Death: William Miller jute powerloom tenter registered the death of Ann Wilson on 19 October 1928 at 11 Forest Park Road, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1928 deaths in the district of St Mary & St Peter in the burgh of Dundee, ref 331; Ann Miller married to William Miller jute factory overseer; 1928 October nineteenth 11 Forest Park Road Dundee; female aged 52 years; parents James Wilson yarn worker (dec) and Elizabeth Wilson ms Anderson (dec); pulmonary tuberculosis as cert by John Kinnear MD; signed William Miller widower present; registered 1928 October 20th at Dundee Thos Meek registrar.18
  • (Informant) Death: William Miller jute powerloom tenter registered the death of Agnes Fisher Miller on 20 March 1934 at Royal Infirmary, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; Agnes Fisher Simpson widow of 1st Robert Neill watchmaker, 2nd David Simpson, school janitor; 1934 March twentieth 7h 10m pm Royal Infirmary (ur 11 Forest park Road) Dundee; f, 49 years; William Miller jute factory overseer (retired), Marion McKenzie Miller MS Conway (dec); pernicious anaemia as cert by Stanley F Soutar MBChB; signed William Miller father 11 Forest Park Road; registered 1934 March 21st at Dundee W H Phillip registrar.19
  • Photograph: William Miller jute powerloom tenter is in this photograph taken in 1938.5
  • (Informant) Death: He registered the death of Marion McKenzie Miller on 18 January 1940 at Kings Cross Hospital, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1940 deaths in the district of St Clement in the burgh of Dundee, ref 61; Marion Conway Miller home duties single; 1940 January Eighteenth 6h 0m am Kings Cross Hospital (ur 11 Forest Park Road) Dundee; female aged 49 years, parents William Miller jute weaving overseer retired and Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway (dec); arterio sclerosis, chronic venous congestion, chronic bronchitis, emphysema of lungs as cert by William M Jamieson MBChB; signed William Miller father 11 Forest Park Road; registered 1940 January 19th at Dundee R Howden assist registrar initialled WHP.20
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: William Miller jute powerloom tenter was mentioned in a newspaper article about Marion McKenzie Miller on 19 January 1940. Miller - at King's Cross Hospital, Dundee, on the 18th January, Marion Miller, third daughter of William Miller, 11 Forest Park Road, Dundee. Funeral on Saturday to Balgay Cemetery, qt 12 noon, from King's Cross Hospital. Friends wishing to attend please meet cortege at Shelter at 12.30pm.21

Census & Directory Entries

Member of Household2 April 1871They was listed as a member of the household of James Miller jute warehouseman and Janet Milne in the 1871 census at 18 Lowden's Alley, Liff & Benvie, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William Miller, son, 9, scholar, Forfarshire Dundee; James Miller, head, married, 52, Warehouseman, Forfarshire Dundee; Janet Miller, wife, married, 48, Forfarshire Dundee.22
Member of Household3 April 1881They was listed as a member of the household of James Miller jute warehouseman and Janet Milne in the 1881 census at 166 Scouringburn, Liff & Benvie, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William Miller, son, unmarried, aged 19, Tenter in Jute Factory, born Dundee Forfar; James Miller, head, married, aged 62, Warehouseman in Jute Factory, born Dundee Forfar, Janet Milne (Miller), wife, married, aged 57, Wife to Warehouseman, born Dundee Forfar.23,24
Head of Household5 April 1891He was listed as head of household along with spouse Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver in the 1891 census at 159 Scouringburn, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William Millar, head, married, aged 29, Jute Powerloom Tenter, employed, born Forfarshire Dundee; Marion Millar, wife, married, aged 28, born Ayrshire Troon; also in the household were Agnes Fisher Miller, Jessie Milne Miller and Marion McKenzie Miller.25
Principal1895William Miller jute powerloom tenter appeared in a directory of 1895 living at 16 Cleghorn Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; Miller, William, foreman tenter, 16 Cleghorn Street.26
Principal1897He appeared in a directory of 1897 living at 16 Cleghorn Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; Miller, William, foreman tenter, 16 Cleghorn Street.27
Principal1899He appeared in a directory of 1899 living at 157 1/2 Scouringburn, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; Miller, William, tenter, 157 1/2 Scouringburn.28
Head of Household31 March 1901He was listed as head of household along with spouse Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver in the 1901 census at 149 Scouringburn, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William Miller, head, married, aged 39, Foreman Jute Weaver, worker, born Forfarshire Dundee; Marion Miller, wife, married, aged 38, born Forfarshire Dundee [?]; also in the household were Agnes Fisher Miller, Marion McKenzie Miller, Alexander Miller chiropodist, Lizzie Conway Miller and Margaret Ambrose Porter Miller.29
Head of Household31 March 1911He was listed as head of household along with spouse Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver in the 1911 census at 13 Rosefield Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William Miller, head, 49, mar, foreman, jute weaving, worker, forfars Dundee; Marion, wife, 48, mar 27 years, 7 children born 5 still living, Ayrshire Troon; 3 rooms with windows, 6 people in household; also in the household were Jessie Milne Miller, Marion McKenzie Miller, Alexander Miller chiropodist and Lizzie Conway Miller.30

Military Service

  • (Witness) Prisoner of War: William Miller jute powerloom tenter witnessed Alexander Miller chiropodist being held as Prisoner of War on 21 March 1918 at Beugny, Bapaume, Somme, France, ; On This Day – March 21st 1918 – Alexander Miller was taken prisoner of war at Beugny near Bapaume on the Somme in Northern France. He was serving with the 1/3 Field Ambulance RAMC attached to the 51st (Highland) Division. His family was eventually informed he had been posted as 'missing'. I was some time before they had any further news of him.

    From the War Diaries of 1/3rd Highland Field Ambulance


    SECRET
    Amendment No. 1 to R.A.M.C. Operation Order No. 65.
    The 1/3rd Highland Field Ambulance will remain at FREMICOURT until 12th February, and on the day will take ove the Main Dressing Station at BEUGNY, and not on the 11th as stated in para. 2.
    Signed A Ramsbottom Capt., D.A.D.M.S. for A.D.M.S., 51st (High) Division
    9th Feb., 1918
    Copies to all recipients of O.O. No. 65.

    SECRET
    51st. (Highland) Division. Medical Defence Scheme.
    PRESENT MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS
    The evacuation of the whole Divisional front is in the hands of the 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance supplemented by the Bearer Divisions from the other two Field Ambulance, with Headquarters at GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE and Advance Dressing Stations at DOIGNIES. J.16.s.5.2. and at BEETROOT FACTORY, J.9.b.6.1.
    Routes Of Evacuation.
    From Regimental Aid Posts to Advanced Dressing Stations at DOIGNIES and BEETROOT FACTORY by wheeled stretcher and hand carriage.
    From Advanced Dressing Stations to Main Dressing Station at BEUGNY by Motor Ambulance.
    Main Dressing Station, BEUGNY, I.21.b.2.7.
    Administered by 1/3 Highland Field Ambulance.
    Evacuation from Main Dressing Station.
    By M.A.C. Cars to Nos. 2 and 209 Casualty Clearing Stations, GREVILLERS. Evacuation cases only.
    By Decauville Railway to the Decauville Detraining Centre at H.30.a., thence by M.A.C Car to the Divisonal Rost Station BIHUCOURT. Rost Station cases only.
    MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS IN THE EVENT OF AN ENEMY OFFENSIVE.
    The present system of evacuation would be carried out except that in addition to the Main Dressing Station at BEUGNY, GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE would function as a Main Dressing Station. In This way two routes of evacuation would be established, cases from DOIGNIES Advanced Dressing Station would be conveyed to GROPI CAMP and cases from Advanced Dressing Statioon at BEETROOT FACTORY would be conveyed to Main Dressing Station at BEUGNY.
    O.C., 1/2 Highland Field Ambulance would be called upon to supply additional personnel for the Main Dressing Station at GOPRI CAMP.
    In the event of a retirement the Advanced Dressing Station, DOIGNIES would fall back on GOPRI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE leaving a Collecting Post at BEAUMETZ at present Bearer Relay Post, to which cars would run as long as possible. DOIGNIES Advanced Dressing Station would then probably become a Regimental Aid Post and cases be evacuated to Collecting Post by wheeled stretcher and hand carriage.
         The Advanced Dressing Station BEETROOT FACTORY would fall back on BEUGNY, BEETROOT becoming then a Regimental Aid Post. Collecting Post could be established at NINE ELMS to which cars would run as long as possible. Cases from Regimental Aid Posts would be taken then by Wheeled stretcher and hand carriage.
    Walking Wounded Collecting Posts would be establisehd at GOPRI and BEUGNY and evacuated by Decauville Railway, 'buses and charas-a-banc.
    Main Dressing Station would fall back on huts opposite LOCH CAMP.
    As many cases as possible would be evacuated direct from Advanced Dressing Stations to Casualty Clearing Stations, GREVILLERS. Clerical arrangememnts would be made accordingly.

    signed D Rorie, Colonel A.D.M.S., 51st (Highland) Division.
    25th February 1918.

    March 3
    Conducted Colonel Gray, Surgeon-General Bruce and Colonel Thorburn on a tour of inspection of the Advanced Dressing Station, DOIGNIES and Main Dressing Station, BEUGNY. Accompanied C.R.E to BEAUMETZ and inspected some deep caves recently discovered there with a view to their possible use in the future as a Medical Post. Visited 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance, GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE and inspected progress being made in the erection of two large elephant shelters there with a view to GROPI CAMP being converted into an Advanced Dressing Station. Visited HAPINCOURT and discussed the Medical Defence Scheme with A.D's M.S., 17th and 19th Divisions, the Divisions which occupy in turn the line on our immediate right.


    March 7
    Issued Medical Arrangements "In the event of Active Operations by the Enemy". (Appendix A)


    March 8
    Visited 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance, GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQIERE and arranged disposition of extra stretchers and blankets for the front area. Visited 1/2nd Highland Field Ambulance, BIHUCOURT and arranged for a further supply of blankets and stretchers to be sent at once to Main Dressing Station, BEUGNY to form a dump there for supplying the forward area. Visited Decauville Detraining Centre, BAPAUME.


    March 13
    Visited 1/3rd Highland Field Ambulance. Visited the Machine Gun Battalion and inspected the sanitation. Delivered a lecture at IVth Corps Medical School on "The Duties of a Bearer Officer".

    March 18
    Visited 152nd Infantry Brigade H.Q. and 154th Infantry Brigade H.Q. and inspected the sanitation. Visited Bearer Relay Post at BEAUMETZ and 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance, LEBUCQUIERE. The undermentioned Medical Officers arrived ass reinforcements to-day and were posted to Units as shown:-
    Captain J.C.T. TEGGART to 1/3rd Highland Field Ambulance.
    Lieut. W.P. PHILLIP to 1/2nd Highland Field Ambulance.
    Captain J.G. ELDER to 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance.

    March 21, 1918
    The enemy attacked at 5a.m.
    and captured in the course of the morning our front line and support system on the left of our front and with it out Relay Post at LOUVERVAL and the A.D.S's at BEETROOT FACTORY and DOIGNIES. Most of the R.A.M.C. personnel at these posts and two Medical Officers namely:- Major McConnachie and Captain Torrance are missing. Five Motor Ambulance Cars stationed near the Advanced Dressing Stations were destroyed by shell fire. A hostile artillery barrage was put down at ferequwnr intervals west of the Advanced Dressing Stations and all roads were heavily shelled all day, which made it impossible to clear wounded from the Advanced Dressing Stations to the Main Dressing Station by day. About 11 a.m. Colonel Robertson commanding 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance was killed and Captain Beveridge 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance was severely wounded ar GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE. Captain Beveridge died later in the day. About noon Advanced Dressing Stations were opened at BEUGNY and LERBCQUIERE. A Few hours later Main Dressing Station moved from BEUGNY to Huts at H.30.a. Sheet 57 C. In the evening LERBCQUIERE was evacuated leaving a small Collecting Post there. The Advanced Dressing Station withdrew to Huts at H.30.a. Evacuation proceeded with great difficultyt, a great number of the wounded were lost owing to the retirement. In the evening Captain Anderson R.A.M.C. attached 1/6th Royal Highrs. and Lieut. Quigley M.O.R.C., U.S.A. 1/9th Royal Scots was evacuated wounded. During the night the shelling quietened down considerably and cars were run well up and all wounded got away.31,32
    March 1918 RAMC soldiers operation Michael
    Prisoners of War
    Food parcels for prisoners of war
  • (Witness) Prisoner of War: William Miller jute powerloom tenter witnessed Alexander Miller chiropodist being held as Prisoner of War on 12 June 1918 at POW camp, Limburg, Germany, ; Miller, Alex 305276, sold(dier), 1/3 H F Amb R A M C, Bapaume. 21.3.1918 Hexenschup Front, Dundee 6.5.97 W Miller 9 Forest Park Dundee

    Limburg - An old catherdral town on the Lahn (pop. 10,500) of some importance in the Middle Ages. The prison camp near the town is celebrated as theplaceee in which Irish prisoners were concentrated at Christmas, 1914, for the purpose of recruiting the Irish Brigade. Now the centre of a number of invalid working camps and hospitals in occupied territory; also the head camp for a certain number of men working in occupied territory. Capacity, 12,000. Limestone Barracks, American prisoners here, 8th Army Corps. [src. book 'Map of the Main Prison Camps in Germany and Austria by Mrs Pope-Hennessy, new and revised edition with Gazetteer; no date]34

Family:

Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver b. 12 Apr 1862, d. 15 Feb 1918
  • (Groom) Marriage*: William Miller jute powerloom tenter married Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver, daughter of James Conway van driver and Agnes McKenzie Fisher kitchen maid, on 21 December 1883 at 4 Rosebank Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1883 on the 21st day of December at 4 Rosebank Street, Dundee after publication according to the forms of the Free Church of Scotland, William Miller powerloom tenter bachelor, aged 22, 166 Scouringburn Dundee, parents James Miller flax warehouseman (dec), Janet Miller ms Mill; Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver spinster, aged 21, 4 Rosebank Street Dundee, parents James Conway bakers van driver, Agnes Conway ms Fisher; signed Wm Forwell minister Blochaim Free Church, William Conway, Jessie Miller witnesses; registered 1883 December 25th at Dundee Thomas Scott assistant registrar, initialled DS.2

Children:

Agnes Fisher Miller+ b. 12 Nov 1884, d. 20 Mar 1934
Jessie Milne Miller+ b. 7 Jan 1887, d. a 6 Jan 1957
Marion McKenzie Miller39 b. 21 Jun 1890, d. 18 Jan 1940
Alexander Miller b. 30 Jun 1893, d. 4 Sep 1893
Alexander Miller chiropodist+ b. 6 May 1897, d. 20 Dec 1978
Lizzie Conway Miller+ b. 5 May 1899, d. 4 Jun 1976
Margaret Ambrose Porter Miller b. 10 Oct 1900, d. 12 Dec 1909

Notes

  • (Witness) History: The Gazetteer of Scotland published by W Chalmers in 1803 gives this description of the Parish of Liff, Benvie and Invergowrie : The united parishes are about 3 miles in length and nearly the same breadth. The surface rises with an easy ascent from the Tay, except towards the south west where it joins to the parish of Dundee. The higher ground forms a ridge, stretching obliquely in a direction from East to West, and behind is an extensive tract of muir, where there are some plantations, but no marks of cultivation. The muir is bounded by the water of the Dichty, which rises in the parish of Lundie, and runs south and east through the valley of Strathmartin. There are several villages, viz, Locheye, Millhouse, Liff, Benvie and Invergowrie: the latter is noted as the site of the first Christian church erected on the north side of the river Tay.


    The first Statistical Account of Scotland for the parish of “Liff and Bervie (sic)” written around 1792 by the then incumbent of the parish church, the Rev. Mr Thomas Constable, describes the parish in great detail. He states that the union of the parishes of Liff and Bervie happened in November 1758 and that Liff comprehended the old parishes of Logie and Invergowrie; both of which, as appears from the records of the kirk-session, were united to it before the middle of last century (which of course was sometime during the 17th century). From his descriptions, it seems that the amalgamated parish included parts of Lochee (written then as Locheye, although the pronunciation probably hasn’t changed) and Balgay Hill. Describing the land to the east of Balgay Hill he says it is either wholly planted or cultivated, and a low narrow dale, extending from thence westward through the village of Bervie …Along this agreeable exposure, are interspersed houses, trees, and fields in culture. Talking of the watercourses in the parish he describes the burn of Invergowrie, and here, in the months of March and April, sea-trout are sometimes found of 4lbs weight.

    Commenting on the population, the Rev Constable notes that in cases of marriage here, it often happens, that the man is far less advanced in life than the woman he marries. The former depends much on the experience of the latter, and generally too on the savings of her industry, to enable him to begin with some comfort a married life: This disparity of years happening on the side of the woman, must needs be a hinderance to population. And in a footnote he continues The register of baptisms … is not to be considered as giving an accurate account of the births in it. Children that are still-born, or die unbaptized are never mentioned in the public register; besides there are parents, who sometimes from neglect, and sometime from parsimony, do not insert in it their childrens’ names, and by Dissenters this duty is often omitted entirely. He is equally critical of the recording of deaths – particularly due to a perceived rivalry over mortcloths with the church at Logie in the neighbouring parish of Dundee!

    There then follows lengthy discourse on the state of the land, the methods employed in the agriculture of the time, the prices paid for horses for the plough and the numbers of “milch cows”. The areas described as Locheye and Milehouse (so called to mark the distance from Dundee) seems to have housed various manufacturers, mainly of the course linens, known from their breadth as “yard wides” and “three quarter wides”.

    Familiar place and road names pop up throughout the text – Pitalpin ; known then as Pitalpie or Pit of Alpin and ascribed to being the scene of a memorable engagement in the 9th century between the Picts and Scots in which the latter were routed and Alpin their king slain. Apparently the king’s head was transported to Abernethy for public viewing, but his body was buried at Pitalpie. On top of a small hill east of Pitalpie there was still visible a stone called the King’s Cross.

    The parochial school averaged 35 scholars, but it was noted that it was extremely difficult for the children to attend during the winter months as the roads were almost impassable. It appears that this was viewed by Mr Constable as a meagre school roll and he states the whole emoluments are too inconsiderable for a teacher of any merit or capacity. And he regarded the five private schools as for the most part indifferently taught. The poor did not seem the cause any major difficulty, seeming to have been provided for in the usual way from the income of the church from mortcloth hiring, proclamations of marriage, rents of a few seats in the church and collections at the church door.


    In the Second Statistical Account written in September 1842 by the Rev. George Addison, DD, minister of the parish of Liff and Benvie we find some clarification (and disagreement with the Gazetteer of earlier years – or maybe there were further boundary changes) of the extent of the parish. He admits that the lands of Logie, Balgay and Blackness are indeed part of the parish and that a considerable portion of the suburbs of Dundee to the west and north is built on these lands. But dismisses unreservedly the inhabitants of the parish of Logie … as … having, from time immemorial, been connected with Dundee, quoad spiritualia, it will not be necessary to take any further notice of this part of the united parish! He also notes that for nearly two centuries the minister of Dundee had received an annual payment of twelve bolls of barley … expressly for the sacraments and marriage to the heritors and inhabitants of the lands of Balgay and Logie, and the lands of Blackness. Mr Addison describes the parish as situated at the south-west corner of the county of Forfar, being bounded on the west by the parishes of Fowlis Easter and Longforgan (both in Perthshire) on the on the South, by the river Tay; on the east, by Dundee and the United parish of Mains and Strathmartine; and on the north, by the Dighty, a small river which divides it from the parishes of Auctherhouse and Lundie. The extent is about 6 miles from east to west, and 4 miles from north to south. … There is no river in the parish. … Near the village of Benvie is a spring strongly impregnated with iron. It was formerly in great repute as a tonic, and was applied externally in cutaneous disorders, but is now entirely neglected.

    There is tremendous discussion of the geology of the area, involving red and gray sandstone and a discovery of fossil organic remains in the den of Balruddery by Mr Webster, the proprietor. It is noted that there is nothing very peculiar or rare in the botany of this parish … but … the romantic dells and glens which abound in this neighbourhood are, in the season, richly clothed with the most beautiful plants and flowers.

    There are four mansion houses briefly described – the House of Gray (owned by the Rt Hon Lord Gray), Camperdown House (the Rt Hon Earl of Camperdown), the mansion house at Invergowrie (Alexander Clayhills, Esq) and Balruddery House (Robert Webster, Esq). Other land-owners are noted as Frederick Lewis Scrimgeour Wedderburn, Esq. of Wedderburn and Birkhill, William Henderson, Esq. Of Mylnefield, Mr Thomas Watson, Liff and Mr James Waddel.

    The population is discussed and from this it is apparent that some form of census was taken at irregular intervals from the middle eighteenth century, if not earlier. Genealogists are aware of nation-wide 10-yearly censuses taken from 1801, but are advised that the first one of any real benefit to them is the 1841 census. But it is interesting to read that the wrangle over the village of Lochee continues … that village now being politically connected with Dundee, or within the Parliamentary boundary, the population at the last census (June 1841) was taken in connection with Dundee, and not with this parish. On that account, the precise amount of the inhabitants of Lochee is not known to me; but it cannot be under 3000 souls. Mr Addison, in his concern with the moral and secular welfare of the parish, notes that seven illegitimate children were born within the parish in the previous three years, but in most cases the parents married afterwards; that three of the patients in the Dundee Lunatic Asylum are parishioners, as is one in the care of a family at the expense of the kirk-session and five by their relations; and that a brother and sister are deaf and dumb. He generously states that the character of the people is by and large peaceable and industrious, and, with a few marked exceptions, sober.

    As to manufacture – Within the last sixteen or seventeen years, three spinning mills have been erected in the village of Lochee, and one at Denmiln, in the parish. Whatever advantages may accrue from these establishments, they have a very unfortunate effect on the morals and pauperism of the community. The chief, if not sole, product was coarse linen, principally for exportation, which had supplanted the weaving of household linen. Hand-spinning was almost obsolete. Many employed in the spinning and weaving found they had to supplement their income with agricultural employment when they could get it, mainly in spring and at the harvest time. Addison estimates that around 2000 folk in Lochee were employed in manufacture at this time and comments … The depressed state of the linen trade, for some time past, has been severely felt by the operatives in this quarter. Many families have, in consequence, been brought to a state of indigence and destitution. But he states elsewhere … At Bullion, near Invergowrie, an extensive work for bleaching and dying yarn and cloth has lately been established. The necessary erections have been made with great care, and at considerable expense. There is on the premises a water-wheel of 14 horses’ power, and a steam-engine of 6. A gasometer has been fitted up solely for the use of the work.

    For the farmers, trade was brisk with near-by Dundee. Weavers and the like were persuaded by low feus to take up Mr Wedderburn of Birkhill’s offer of small portions of land on the turnpike road to Meigle and Coupar-Angus giving them a convenient location for their trade.

    In about 1830, at last the parochial school was moved to a far better, but undisclosed, location (the writer assumes all readers will know where it is (the present spot)!) but it was recognised that having the school at Denmiln was most inconvenient and almost inaccessible in winter. Another school was built, in the questionable Lochee, in 1837. The year before the Account was written, a “school of industry” for young females was initiated under the patronage of Countess of Camperdown. In total, about 500 children were receiving education of some sort in the parish at this time.

    Mr Addison describes his concern over the steep rise in pauperism, with the need in 1841 to recourse to a legal method of assessment. Including the upkeep of the inmates of the Lunatic Asylum and the fatherless babies, he indicates that 49 folk required some sort of aid, with an average of 7 shillings per head per month spent. He is critical of the apparent moneygrubbing attitude that prevailed, and in particular, the difficulty of bringing absent fathers to account – nothing in this world is new!

    His last comments support the recurring theme of “bad Lochee”! The number of public-houses in the parish of Liff proper is four, situated generally at considerable distances from each other. In Lochee there are at least twelve, including shops where spirits are sold, both in and out of doors. Poor old degenerate Lochee!35,36,37
  • (Witness) History: Five into One –Tay Square Church. Tay Square traces its origins to the secessions of the eighteenth century. From 1743, School Wynd Secession Church flourished, but in 1832, a group of members, dissatisfied over the nomination of a new minister, disjoined to form Tay Square United Secession Church, entering their new church in 1834. Rev. Robert Wardrope, 1807-1840 was called in 1832 to be minister of School Wynd Church, but in consequence of a dispute in that congregation the call was not sustained. Those who supported him left the church, and were formed into a separate congregation —Tay Square —and they at once called Mr Wardrope, but his delicate health prevented his acceptance of the call. He died when only 33 years of age. Still in the church archives, this silhouette of Rev. Robert Wardrope was lent by its owner, Andrew Roxburgh, to be exhibited in the “Old Dundee” exhibition of 1892-93 –held in the Albert Institute (now McManus Galleries).

    The first minister, the Rev. J R McGavin, was elected in 1875 as Moderator of the United Presbyterian Synod. The second, the Rev. Dr Charles Jerdan, became Principal Clerk of the United Free Church General Assembly. Under these two ministers, Tay Square became one of the foremost congregations in the United Presbyterian Church. Mission activities centred on the West Port, Artillery Lane and Hawkhill, the last leading to the founding in 1876 of Hawkhill United Presbyterian Church, which united with Tay Square in 1903.

    Such community interests were extended onto a national scale by the Rev. John Mansie, who as Convener of the Assembly Committee on Social Problems, was largely responsible for the establishment in 1931 of the Belmont Castle Eventide Home. After the union of Tay Square and St. Paul's in 1952, the Tay Square building was reopened as St. Paul's Halls by Mrs Jarvis, wife of the Very Rev. Ernest D Jarvis and daughter of the Rev. John Reid, a former Tay Square minister.

    © Meadowside St. Paul’s 2017. All rights reserved.38
    Tay Square Church - from the book Tay Square Church, Dundee, A Centenary in Retrospect, 1832-1932 [PCC Jun 2017]

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