James McMillan

An inside-left or left-winger James McMillan was another born in Bonhill. The year was 1869. His father, George, was a Dye-works labourer and Irish-born, as was his mother, Martha Jane. But George would die in 1871 with James aged just two and he and his elder brother were brought up by Martha Jane alone. At nineteen he was already in the Vale of Leven team. At twenty he played in 1890 Scottish Cup Final lost to Queen's Park after a reply but was then tempted south, signed by Everton, where he remained with really any impact, making only seven First Team appearances in six seasons. He then came North once more to St. Bernard's in Edinburgh for two seasons and that was where in 1897 he won his sole cap. 

However, on hanging up his boots at not quite thirty in 1898 he returned to Merseyside to marry. His wife, Margaret, was Liverpool-born but her family name was Shearer with both her parents Scots, her mother nee Fraser from Edinburgh. In 1901 James was working as a Goods Checker and living with his wife and twins, a boy and a girl born beside the Mersey too, in his mother-in-law's house not far from Goodison Park. In 1911 he was Foreman Dock Porter living now in Bootle and there he would remain until Margaret's death in 1934 and his own in 1937. Both are buried in the family plot in Anfield Cemetery.  

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