Mary Dorothy Miller & William Gordon
Mary Dorothy Miller
Mary Dorothy Miller was born 17 June 1823 in Bahia, Brazil, at the time a major port on the central coast of Brazil, and known now as Salvador da Bahia. She was the oldest child of Joseph Dundas Miller and his wife, Elizabeth Tomlinson. Although her parents were married in Cheshire, England, in 1821, by the time Mary Dorothy was born in 1823, they had moved to Bahia, one of the ports used by the family shipping company, Millers & Thompson. The first five children were born in Brazil before the family moved to Liverpool where the rest of the children were born.
"Married. Same day [Tuesday last], at St. Mary's Church, Walton-on-the-Hill, by the Rev. W. M. Falloon, William Gordon, Esq., to Mary Dorothy, eldest daughter of Joseph Miller, Esq., of Bootle."2
William Gordon was working for Joseph Dundas Miller3 in the shipping business; he was listed in the 1860 census as a Brazilian merchant. According to William Gordon's great great grandson: "He was, I am told, a very successful young man who worked in the employ of
JDM from a young age. While in Brazil he got interested in diamonds and
made a fortune dealing in them. He returned to Britain aged 30 with
£250,000 in his pocket."4
Mary Dorothy's first seven children were born in Liverpool and her last three in New Brighton, Cheshire, across the River Mersey from Liverpool where Millers and Thompson were headquartered. Mary Dorothy died 18 March 1860 in New Brighton, when she was only thirty-six, leaving William with ten children ages twelve to one.5
Photo © Scottish Screen Locations8
Threave House, Kircudbrightshire, Scotland
About 1867, William purchased property in Kirkcudbrightshire near Castle Douglas which had belonged to the Douglas family since the 14th century; the property included Threave Castle, located on an island in the River Dee. In 1871-72 William had Threave House built on land overlooking Threave Castle.
Left: Threave Castle, on an island in the River Dee. The castle is one of Historic Scotland's properties and is open to the public during the summer.
Mary Dorothy was buried 23 March 1860 in the churchyard of St. Michael in the Hamlet Church in Toxteth Park, Liverpool. William died 11 August 1899 in Kircudbrightshire and is buried in the Kelton Old Churchyard, down the road from the town of Castle Douglas and not far from Threave House.12
Buried with him are:
Photo of gravestone from the website:
The Scottish War Graves Project, Kelton Old Churchyard, Dumfries & Galloway, used with permission.12
Descendants of William Gordon, Mary Dorothy Miller and Margaret Steele
Burial of Mary Dorothy Miller Gordon
Mary Dorothy Miller Gordon: burial record
William and Vyner Gordon, grandsons of Mary Dorothy and William Gordon
Joseph Dundas Miller
Children of Joseph Dundas Miller & Elizabeth Tomlinson
The Miller family
Anne Healy's Genealogy, Created October 2002
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