Masters and Mates Certification
Millican, Milligan, Millikan, Milliken, Millikin, Mullican, Mulliken, Mullikin etc.

Collection produced by Alan Milliken, Armadale, Scotland



Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices’ Indenture

1710-1811




An apprenticeship indenture was a legal document whereby a master, in exchange for a sum of money (the premium), agreed to instruct the apprentice in his or her trade for a set term of years. The provision of food, clothing and lodging was generally part of the agreement. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, a man of full age could then become a "freeman" and a member of a guild, entitling him to privileges such as the right to vote in elections.

An Act of Parliament in Queen Anne's reign ruled that from 1 May 1710 a tax was to be paid on all apprenticeship indentures excepting those where the fee was less than one shilling or those arranged by parish or public charities. Trades which had not existed in 1563 when the Statute of Apprentices became law were also not liable to the tax. The most notable example of this was the cotton industry.

The majority of surviving records are from registers kept by the Board of Stamps and Taxes (Inland Revenue at Somerset House), which are now preserved at the National Archives of England. If the tax was paid in London (irrespective of where the master lived) then the entries were recorded in the city or town registers maintained in the London office. If the tax was paid in the regions then the entries were recorded in the country registers which were also maintained in the London office, but submitted at intervals to London. The city registers could include entries from the whole of England but especially Middlesex and the home counties as well as Wales and Scotland.


Apprentice Indentures (Scotland)

January 12, 1711

George MILLIGEN, son George Milligen, minister at Moffat (Scotland), apprenticed to Alexander Nisbett, chirurgeon & apothecary and burgess of Edinburgh.


June 24, 1728

Andrew Anderson son of Andrew Anderson in Balsam, apprentice to Hugh MILLIKEN of Port Glasgow, merchant.


September 23, 1729

Andrew Riddle son John Riddle of Micselie, apprentice to Hugh MILLIKEN of Glasgow, merchant.


May 10, 1743

George MILLIGAN, son of Robert, apprenticed in 1743, to Thomas Dunmore of Glasgow merchant.


December 25, 1750

Robert MILLIGANE, apprenticed to William Edgar of Milburn in Kirkcudbright, a weaver, premium £2.


December 17, 1766

John MILLIGAN, apprentice to John Johnston in Dalchunny of hoquire, weaver.

Note: Dalchunny is Dalshinnie in the parish of Troqueer.


January 2, 1769

James MILLIGAN, apprentice to John Johnston in Dalchumney of Traquire, weaver.

April 17, 1771

James Crocket, apprentice to William MILLIGAN of Muirenden, wright.


June 6, 1771

James MILLIGAN, apprenticed to William Templeton of Gatehouse, a mason, premium £4.


January 15, 1772

John Charters, apprentice to Wm MILIGAN of Muirend of Garloof, joiner.

Note: Moorend of Garlof is in parish of New Abbey in Kirkcudbrigthshire.


May 26, 1777

Alex Scott, apprentice to Andrew MILLIGAN of Canongate [in Edinburgh], goldsmith.


May 29, 1777

Wm Burgess, apprentice to Thomas Edgar of Fultoun, weaver.


June 2, 1777

William Aitken, apprentice to William MILLIGAN [Moorend of Garlof], joiner.


January 17, 1778

William MILLIGAN, apprentice to Alex Mcrand of Dumfries, cooper.


January 27, 1778

John MILLIGAN, apprentice to James Charles of Dumfries, nailer.


December 28, 1778

John Lyall, apprentice to Andrew MILLIGAN of Canongate [in Edinburgh], Goldsmith.


March 26, 1779

Robert MILLIGAN, apprentice to John Ogilvie of Bridgend of Dumfries, shoemaker.


August 22, 1781

Joseph MILLIGAN, apprentice to John McClean of Dumfries, shoemaker.


October 30, 1781

William MILLIGAN, apprentice to Thomas Edgar of Fultown, weaver.


May 27, 1782

John MILLIGAN, apprentice to Archibald Tait of Brownknows, weaver.


January 25, 1786

Wm McMyne, apprentice to Wm MILLIGANE of Morrend, mason.


March 15, 1786

John MILLIGAN, apprentice to James Muirhead of Minihive, weaver.


April 12, 1786

Patrick Milligan, apprentice to Nathaniel Black of Torrs of Kelton, joiner.


August 10, 1787

John Wilson, apprentice to William MILLIGAN of the parish of Morend, joiner.


January 17, 1788

John MILLIGAN, apprentice to William Hyslop of Dumfries, mason.


May 13, 1789

John Miller, apprentice to William MILLIGAN of Muer End, mason and joiner.


July 30, 1789

David MILLIGAN, apprentice to William McLachlan of Gatehouse, Cartwright.


November 22, 1791

James Milligan, apprentice to Peter Grierson of Bridgend of Dumfries, taylor.


August 22, 1792

Robert Milligan, apprentice to John Greerson of Gatehouse, joiner.


February 4, 1793

Peter Milligan, apprentice to Robert Hunter of Dumfries, stocking maker.


August 20, 1793

Peter MILLIGAN, apprentice to William McNoe of Newabby, weaver.


August 23, 1793

John McMin, apprentice to William MILLIGAN of Marchhill [in Dumfries], weaver.

Note: Located about ¾ mile Northeast of Dumfries in 1848 near Dalscone.


April 23, 1794

John MILLIGAN, apprentice to George Graham of Dumfries, cork cutter.


June 17, 1795

John MILLIGAN, apprentice to Thomas Keer of Killelock, joiner.


November 9, 1796

William Hay, apprentice to James MILLIGAN of Dumfries, nailor.


January 18, 1796

John Sleater, apprentice to William MILLIGAN of Moorend, mason and wright.


January 18, 1796

Robert Milligan, apprentice to William MILLIGAN of Moorend, mason and wright.


January 18, 1796

Andrew Slater, apprentice to William MILLIGAN of Moorend, mason and wright.


August 23, 1797

David MILLIGAN, apprentice to Wm Lawrie of Crossmichael, joiner.


January 9, 1798

James Howat, apprentice to Wm MELLIGAN, Dumfries, weaver.


May 22, 1799

Samuel Murray, apprentice to John MILLIGAN, shoemaker.

Note: list in Scottish section of duties paid of apprentice’s indenture.


September 16, 1799

William Caven, apprentice to Robert MILLIGAN of Kirkpatrick, joiner.


September 18, 1799

William MILLIGAN, apprentice to Messer's Crosbie & Jardine of Dumfries, merchants.


January 1, 1800

Robert MILLIGAN, apprentice to David Mein, Upper Chapleton, Cart wrighter.


May 22, 1800

Robert MILLIGAN, apprentice to Messer's Dickson and Burges of Dumfries, stocking manufactures.


December 2, 1800

John Lindsay, apprentice to William MILLIGAN of Dumfries, weaver.


December 17, 1800

Edward MILLIGAN, apprentice to Peter Brown of Kirkbean, shoemaker.


August 31, 1801

William MILLIGAN, apprentice to John Maxwell of Dumfries, stocking maker.


September 22, 1801

Thomas MILLIGAN, apprentice to John Clerk of Dumfries, coppersmith.


November 27, 1801

George Scott, apprentice to John MILLIGAN of Bridgend of Dumfries, mason.


November 15, 1802

Martin MILLIGAN, apprentice to James Milred of Castle Douglas, tanner.


November 2, 1803

Robert McKennal, apprentice to Eliazer MILLIGAN of Castle Douglas, surgeon.


January 13, 1804

Gordon MILLIGAN, apprentice to Messer's Dickson and Burges of Dumfries, hosiers.


August 27, 1805

William MILLIGAN, apprentice to Henry Grainger of Dumfries, painter and glazier.




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