David Milligan was the fourth child and second son born to Robert Milligan and Jean Dunbar. He was born in London on April 27, 1789, and was baptised at St. Andrew, Holborn, on May 25, 1789. Like his father, David was involved in merchantile pursuits, and was described as a “merchant of Jamaica” prior to his death.
David was only 28 years old when he died at Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 1818. Below is the inscription on his grave at St. Catherines, Cathedral, Jamaica:
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF DAVID MILLIGAN ESQUIRE SON OF THE LATE ROBERT MILLIGAN ESQUIRE OF LONDON MERCHANT, BORN IN THAT CITY THE 27th OF APRIL 1789 DIED IN JAMAICA AFTER A SHORT ILLNESS ON THE 16th OF FEBRUARY 1818. HE LEFT HIS OWN COUNTRY TO ATTEND UPON A BELOVED BROTHER, WHO DIED AT SEA ON HIS WAY TO THIS ISLAND FOR THE RECOVERY OF HIS HEALTH AND WHOM HE SURVIVED ONLY A FEW MONTHS. HE WAS A MAN OF STRICT INTEGRITY, HUMANE, GENEROUS, DISINTERESTED AND AFFECTIONATE, ESTEEMED BY HIS FRIENDS, AND BELOVED BY HIS FAMILY; AT WHOSE DESIRE THIS OF HIS WORTH IS PLACED ON THESE SACRED WALLS, NEAR WHICH HE IS BURIED, IN A LAND WHERE HE EXPERIENCED UNBOUNDED HOSPITALITY AND KINDNESS.
W. M. Tablet. 2ndly, 1 & 4, between two spears in pale, a dexter hand. in chief, and a heart in base. 2 & 3, A lion rampant within a border engrailed charged with four mullets and four lozenges alternately.
David never married, and left no issue. He made his will on September 21, 1817, and left bequests to his sisters Jean Hughan, Justina Milligan and Mary Milligan and brothers Duncan Davidson Milligan and William Milligan. He also made mention of his mother, Jean Milligan, his cousin Robert Milligan Dalzell and brother Robert Milligan.
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