David Millar

Biography of David Millar

David Millar was born on the 30th October 1887 in Ochiltree, Cumnock, Ayrshire to Isabella, known as Bella, and James, a Curling Stone Maker. The family later lived in Laigh Mains, in Drongan, near Ayr. David was educated at Ayr Academy. In 1904, aged just 16, he came to the University of Glasgow to study for a degree in the Arts. He took a variety of subjects, including English, but his forte was in languages and he took both Latin and Greek to honours level. A successful student, he won the Muirhead Prize for Humanity, plus prizes in Moral Philosophy, Logic and Mathematics. In Greek he won two first class certificates and a prize for his written work. On the 12th November 1908, David graduated MA with first class honours.

He then enrolled for a postgraduate teacher training course at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. Two components of this course, Logic and Education, were taught at the University of Glasgow, while the other elements (School Methods and Practice in Teaching, School and Personal Hygiene, and Psychology) were taught at the College. David completed his course in the summer of 1909, gaining the Teacher’s General Certificate with additional qualifications to teach drawing in primary schools. He was appointed to a teaching post at Bellshill Academy in August 1909.

On the 1st March 1916, David enlisted in the 2nd Bn. Highland Light Infantry. Just a year later, Lance Corporal David Millar died, aged 30, on the 16th April 1917. He is buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in the village of Aubigny-en-Artois, near Arras, in the Pas de Calais region of northern France. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers, and on the Glasgow Provincial Training College war memorial, located in the David Stow Building, Jordanhill.


David Millar
Born 30 October 1887.
Died 16 April 1917.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1908;
Occupation categories: school teachers; teachers
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 4th Dec 2020

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