This afternoon I am presenting research on the ancestry of Ian McMillan Sillars whose great, grandparents were Duncan Sillars and Barbara McMillan who married in Glasgow in December 1841.

Ten years later at the 1851 Census they were living in Frederick Lane, Glasgow with their three children at that time, Duncan Sillars ( 14 yrs) working as a calenderer, Mary (10 yrs) and Daniel (2yrs). The father, Duncan was a tailor by trade and both he and his wife, Barbara were born in Campbelltown parish, Kintyre.

On the Campbelltown Parish Register it is recorded that Duncan Sillars was born there on March 11th 1810 and baptized next day. His parents were Duncan Sillars, a hand loom weaver, and mother was Anne (or Agnes) Niven. There is an entry for their marriage proclamations in the Campbelltown parish Register on Feb 7th 1794 followed by their marriage in March 1794.

The only Duncan Sillars born in Kintyre at this time was born on March 22nd 1770 in Killean and Kilchenzie parish to father Archibald Sellers. This Duncan had younger siblings, Mary born 1772, Jean born 1774, John born 1775 and Daniel born 1777.

This Sellars family of Killean parish are found in a list of the inhabitants upon the Duke of Argyll’s property in Kintyre in 1792. The Sillars family was one of 7 families living at South Crubastill, Killean parish, Kintyre. The father, Archibald was 52 years. his wife Mary Kelly 43 and their three youngest children, Donald (10 yrs), Archibald (7 yrs) and Cathrine ( 4yrs). Also living with them at the time was a 12 year old Jean McMillan, a relation or domestic servant. All the older children, including Duncan ( age 22 yrs at time of the 1792 census) had left the family home by this time.

The only Archibald Sillars marriage at this time is an Archibald Sillars who married a Mary (Sillars) on Aug 7th 1768 in Kilbride parish on the island of Arran. It is believed that Archibald and Mary moved to Kintyre after their marriage.

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