My great grandmother was Agnes Milligan born about 1843 in
Maybole to William Milligan and Agnes Holgan (or Holligan). Her mother
died 1867 in Glasgow and her father died 1897 in Maybole, having remarried
since the death of his first wife.
My great grandmother had several children but never
married. Her children were all reputed to have the same father, named
James Irvine. My grandfather, David and all his brothers, as far as I have found,
took their supposed father's surname when they married. I believe James
had already married before Agnes had her first child to him, but that will
be a difficult thing for me to prove. I can't even be sure which James
Irvine is my great grandfather.
Agnes spent most of her life in Maybole but she did live
also in the Bridgeton area of Glasgow where some others of her family were
living. I know she had a brother James and two sisters Elizabeth and
Sarah. James married Janet McLarty of Maybole. Elizabeth married Francis
McCoid of Girvan, and Sarah married Robert Anderson I think from Glasgow.
Like many others living in the area at that time, my
ancestors were very poor and I have seen claims for Parish Relief
indicating abject poverty, and close to starvation. They were also
involved as you'd expect in the shoe trade. This picture circa 1892/3 is
of my grandfather, David Irvine when he was a young soldier. I believe from the
facial similarities that the two women in the picture are his mother Agnes