DANIEL WILLIAM MILLER,known as William, was born 17 Mar 1890 in Fairlie, to parents Robert, a grocer, and Eliza King Gourlay (who married at Kinning Park, Glasgow on 23 Nov 1886). He died in Largs in 1976, aged 85.
22 Sep 1919 at 19 Howard Street, Glasgow, William (aged
29, engineer's machineman of 69 Yoker Road, Scotstoun West) married by declaration Janet G. Taylor.
According to family, Daniel William Miller was known
as William when he was younger, and by the nickname Barney later (it’s assumed
because he worked at North Southannan and Fencefoot Farms for Barney
Rodger). He bought a horse in Clydebank
for £100 and walked it to Fairlie, sleeping in fields and barns on the way, and
started his own business as a contractor.
His first contract was with the railway, and he stabled the horse at the
In the 1901 Census,
aged 11, he is living Burnfoot, Fairlie with parents
Robt (41, b. Fairlie, licensed grocer & provision
merchant) and Eliza KG (41,
b Glasgow), with siblings Jessie SG (14), Hester PB (12),
Robert T (7), Eliza KG (6), Harriet BB (2) and Geo MB (1)
In the 1911 Census, he
is aged 21 and an apprentice gardener (domestic), and is
living Burnfoot, Fairlie with parents Robt. (51,
grocer) and Eliza (51, m 24 years;
10 children, 9 living) and siblings
The 1935 North Ayrshire Directory has William Miller,
Contractor, Corona, Fairlie
He enlisted on 15 Sep 1914 (aged 24, gardener, nok father Robert,
Burnside, Fairlie), but
was discharged on 07 Oct 1914 as medically unfit to become a soldier (chronic dyspepsia, which he had a history of in civil life).
family source advised that during WW1 he worked at Barclay Curle, shipbuilders
on the Clyde, as he wanted to do his bit.