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The following is the inscription now engraven on the
stone; another will be inscribed by his friends for Mr
Millie himself:
In Memory of his Parents,
Who died the 9th May, 1923, aged 77.
After the death of his parents Mr Millie continued to
live with his sister Catherine: and carried on his busi¬
ness chiefly with the assistance of servants; his ingenuity
and the returns of capital laid out on his looms, &c. plac¬
ing him beyond the necessity of actual labour except
from choice. His business was pretty extensive: as a
damask weaver he had no rival in the neighbourhood;
and was employed accordingly both by the farmers and
gentry for a considerable distance round. There are
very few respectable families in the surrounding parishes
who do not possess specimens of his workmanship; for
though articles of equal quality could perhaps have been
easily purchased, still many were partial to the idea of
home-manufactured damask; either wishing to have it
made of their own yarn, or choosing to have-some pat¬
tern drawn by themselves or selected by a friend—in
Copying which Mr Millie displayed great ingenuity.
In this way he had amassed considerable property: and
the 'plunder (in goods particularly) seized by the murder¬
er and his accomplices, must have amounted to a very
considerable sum. In this easy manner, he spent seve¬
ral years: and though frequently advised by his friends
to marry, the same retired disposition which led him to
secluded habits in other respects, seemed to influence
him in this matter also. A certain jealous independence
was besides impressed on his character, which influenced
his conduct on many occasions. Whatever might be his
views; he continued to live single ; and made his solitary
life the theme of many good humoured jokes to his
friends of both sexes who visited him at Whinny Park.
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