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Robert McMillan

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Robert McMillan (1844-1912) of Archibald McMillan and Sons

Son of John McMillan, Senior


Obituary [1]


THROUGHOUT shipbuilding and shipowning circles in Glasgow and the Clyde district the announcement of the death of Mr. Robert McMillan, of Archibald McMillan and Sons, Limited, "The Dockyard," Dumbarton, which occurred on the 2nd inst., was received with keen regret. Mr. McMillan, who was in his seventieth year, was of the third generation of shipbuilders engaged in the industry at Dumbarton. The firm was founded by his grandfather, Mr. Archibald McMillan, in 1834. At first work was carried on in two separate yards, further up the river Leven than the present premises, which were acquired in 1846. About, 1870 the firm ceased building wooden vessels, and devoted its attention on entirely to iron ship building.

Mr. Archibald McMillan, the founder, died in 1854, and the business was then carried on by his eldest son John till 1868, in which year he assumed as partners his two sons, Robert and John. The latter died in 1889, and since then Mr. Robert McMillan has been at the head of the business. In sailing ship days the McMillans of Dumbarton had a very high reputation for the construction of this class of vessel. On three separate occasions they built the largest sailing ships of their day ; in 1868 the Peter Stuart, in 1873 the Thomasina McLellan, in 1874 the Stuart Hahneman. A number of years ago the family business was converted into a limited liability company.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1912/11/08