Closeburn Parish
Millican, Milligan, Millikan, Milliken, Millikin, Mullican, Mulliken, Mullikin etc.




Closeburn Parish Church Records


The parish of Closeburn is bound on the north by the parish of Morton, on the east by Kirkpatrick-Juxta and Kirkmichael, on the south by Kirkmahoe and on the west by Keir. In 1606, the original parish church was united with the old church of Dalgarnock, which almost surrounded the smaller parish of Closeburn. The parishes were, however, separated, as a result of a recommendation of the Presbytery of Penpont in 1648, and once more re-united about 1671. As part of the settlement that made Presbyterianism the established Church of Scotland in 1697, Closeburn received official status and the old church of Dalgarnock fell into ruin. Its churchyard, however, continued to be used and is still used to this day.

The parish of Closeburn has baptismal registers dating from 1765, marriage registers from 1766 and burial records from 1765. Earlier entries are to be found amongst the Kirk Session Minutes held by the National Archives and not the normal OPRs. These cover baptisms from 1726-54, marriages 1726-42 and 1748-53, burials 1737-41 and 1748-1753. These have been transcribed by Graham & Emma Maxwell in their Parish Register of Closeburn 1726-1754. Some early Milligan baptisms appear in the church records of Morton, where some of the Milligans attended this church prior to official establishment of Closeburn parish in 1697.


Extracts from the Morton Church records

February 28, 1692
Baptism of John Milligane son of Thomas Milligane and Jean Nivison in the parish of Closeburn.

May 30, 1693
Baptism of Jean Milligane daughter of John Milligane and Marion Taitt in the parish of Closeburn.

July 9, 1693
Baptism of Henreta Milligane daughter of Alexander Milligane and Henreta Blaekie in the parish of Closeburn.

October 15, 1693
Baptism of Alexander Milligane son of John Milligane and Isabel Brown in the parish of Closeburn.

October 7, 1698
Baptism of John Milligane son of John Milligane in the parish of Closeburn.


Baptisms 1726-54, 1765-1854: Marriage 1726-42, 1748-53, 1766-1854: Burials 1737-1847

March 5, 1727
Baptism of Jean Mulligain daughter of James Mulligain and Agnes Mulligain in Crossgrip.

July 18, 1728
Marriage of Agnes Mulligain and John Martin in this Parish married.

March 20, 1729
Marriage of John Mulligain and Helen Nivison in this Parish married.

July 1, 1729
Marriage of Mary Mulligain in this Parish and William Fead in Tinwald married.

December 2, 1729
Baptism of Elizabeth Mulligain daughter of James Mulligain and Grissel Anderson in Glencross.

December 11, 1729
Marriage of Henret Mulligain in this Parish and James McCall in Mortown married.

April 5, 1730
Baptism of Alexander Mulligain son of John Mulligain and Helen Nivison in Rosehill.

November 29, 1731
Baptism of John Mulligain son of John Mulligain and Helen Nivison in Rosehill.

March 7, 1732
Baptism of Mary Mulligain daughter of James Mulligain and Grissel Anderson in Glencross.

May 11, 1732
Marriage of George Mulligain and Margaret Adamson in this Parish married.

October 8, 1732
Baptism of Agnes Mulligain daughter of James Mulligain and Agnes Mulligan in Crossgrip.

February 21, 1733
Baptism of George Mulligain son of James Mulligain and Grissel Anderson in Glencross.

July 30, 1733
Marriage of John Mulligain and Janet Gilchrist in this Parish married.

July 9, 1734
Marriage of James Mulligain in this Parish and Mary Edgar in Keir married.


May 18, 1735
Baptism of John Mulligain son of John Mulligain and Janet Gilchrist in Drambrake.

June 24, 1735
Baptism of George Mulligain son of William Mulligain and Isabel Robson in Glencross.

July 22, 1735
Marriage of Janet Mulligain and William Tait in this Parish married.

August 1, 1736
Baptism of Thomas Mulligain son of John Mulligain and Janet Gilchrist in Dumbrake.

October 11, 1737
Burial of George Mulligan in Park.

November 19, 1737
Burial of Agnes Mulligan, a child, Glencross.

June 12, 1738
Baptism of James Mulligan son of William Mulligan and Janet Robson in Corsburn.

January 11, 1740
Burial of a child of Thomas Milligan in Dumbeck.

June 9, 1740
Baptism of John Milligan son of John Milligan and Jean Robson in Corsburn.

April 19, 1741
Baptism of James Millegan son of James Millegan and Mary Eggor in Auchencairn.

June 19, 1742
Baptism of Thomas Milligan son of William Milligan and Janet Robson in Corsburn.

August 11, 1745
Baptism of Margaret Milligan daughter of John Milligan and Mary Hanin in High Trees.

May 22, 1748
Baptism of Margaret Milligan daughter of John Milligan and Margaret Haining in Hytrees.

November 20, 1750
Burial of Jean Milligan in Park.

May 6, 1751
Burial of Janet Milligan in Crossgripe.

March 29, 1753
Burial of Jean Milligan in Clauchrie.

May 16, 1753
Burial of Janet Milligan in Spoon Slap.

August --, 1765
Baptism of Thomas Milligan son of John Milligan.

December 10, 1766
Marriage of James Milligan and Jannet Smith.

November 19, 1767
Baptism of John Milligan son of James Milligan and Janet Smith in Closeburn.

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Burial of John Milligan in Corsburn.

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Burial of Janet Milligan.

December 20, 1769
Baptism of William Milligan son of James Milligan and Jannet Smith in Closeburn.

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Burial of Thomas Milliganís child.

September 10, 1772
Baptism of Jannet Milligan daughter of James Milligan and Jannet Smith in Closeburn.

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Burial of Margaret Milligan.

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Baptism of Mary Milligan daughter of James Milligan and Janet Smith in Closeburn.

October 22, 1778
Birth of Margaret Miligan daughter of James Miligan and Janet Smith in Closeburn.

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Burial of Thomas Milligan.

October 23, 1778
Birth of William Miligan son of John Miligan and Isabald Gilespie in Closeburn.

August 5, 1780
Birth of James Miligan son of James Miligan and Jannet Smith in Closeburn.

December 29, 1780
Birth of Jannet Miligan daughter of John Miligan and Isabald Gilespie in Closeburn.

February 6, 1783
Marriage of Mary Miligan and Thomas Wallace both of Closeburn parish.

July 12, 1784
Birth of Mary Miligan daughter of John Miligan and Isabald Gilespie in Closeburn.

September 29, 1786
Birth of Margaret Miligan daughter of John Miligan and Isabald Gilespie in Closeburn.

March 9, 1787
Marriage of William Navison and Grizzle Miligan both of Closeburn parish.

November 11, 1787
Marriage of Robert Miligan in the parish of Holywood and Janet Hoatson in Closeburn parish.

July 24, 1789
Marriage of Mary Miligan in Closeburn parish and John Bryden in the parish of Troqueer.

November 26, 1789
Birth of John Miligan son of John Miligan and Isabald Gilespie in Closeburn.

January 2, 1791
Birth of James Miligan son of John Miligan and Catharine Hanning in Flints House.

April 20, 1791
Burial of James Milligan, Flinthouse.

September 11, 1791
Burial of James Milligan, Nether Nockelshang.

November 29, 1791
Burial of James Milligan, Crosshouse.

January 31, 1792
Marriage of Agness Miligan and Thomas Broun both of Closeburn parish.

October 14, 1792
Birth of Agness Miligan daughter of John Miligan and Catherine Hanning in Lakehead.

October 30, 1792
Burial of Janet Miligan in Crossburn.

August 16, 1793
Burial of Thomas Miligan in Castlesods.

April 18, 1794
Marriage of Mary Miligan in the parish of Morton and William McLean in Closeburn.

December 19, 1794
Marriage of Janet Miligan in Closeburn parish and John Dargavel in the parish of Penpont.

September 17, 1797
Birth of Margaret Miligan daughter of John Miligan and Catherine in Lakehead.

August 28, 1799
Burial of John Milligan, Dalgarnogate.

November 26, 1799
Birth of Child of John Miligan and Catherine Hanning in Lakehead.

February 6, 1802
Burial of Agnes Milligan, Dumbreck.

August 21, 1807
Marriage of Jannet Milligan and William Dalrympel both in Closeburn parish.

December 21, 1804
Burial of Janet Milligan, Dalgarnockgate.

June 24, 1840
Burial of Isabella Milligan, Knockleshang, decline.



[Source: Closeburn OPR 816/1-2]



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