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Gillilands of County Durham and Yorkshire
« on: March 24, 2008, 06:24:24 AM »
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I don't often trip across Gilliland family trees from England, but here's a site for some Gillilands who emigrated from County Down in Ulster to County Durham and Yorkshire. The oldest record is for James and Elizabeth Gilliland of County Down who moved to County Durham between 1841-1851. Actually, Elizabeth may have moved there with her children but without James, who does not appear on the 1851 census for Durham. So James either died before the move or shortly after the family left Ireland for England.

James and Elizabeth had five sons: Samuel, James, David, John and Hugh. It would appear that no matter where in the world you go, at one time all Gillilands used the same names for their sons! 

www.chrisdufton.com/All_Relatives/paf/index3.htm

If anyone knows more about this line please let us know. The link above provides a nice tree for the family after the move to England but earlier origins are unknown.

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« Reply #1 on: March 3, 2009, 04:35:14 AM »
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My interest in the Gillilands of Durham County, England was renewed when, during an ebay search for items of Gilliland interest, I chanced upon an old certificate of the Durham Miners' Association, of which James Gilliland had once served as president. (I did not win the auction for this item but I have posted an image below.)  I suspect this James Gilliland was a descendant of the James and Elizabeth Gilliland in my previous post.

Anyway, I thought I might find out a bit more about James by investigating the history of the Durham Miners' Association. This turned out to be very fruitful. James' position with the Miners' Association left quite a paper trail. I began my search at the website for the Durham Miners' Association:
http://www.dmm.org.uk/history/dma.htm

If you do a search for "Gilliland" in their records you'll get a number of hits, on everything from James' election to office to injury reports such as this one:
http://www.dmm.org.uk/colliery/p001.htm
Pelton Colliery
Gilliland, James, 30 Jun 1879, aged 52, Collier, fall of roof while working in a broken lift in Hutton Seam...

The site for the Durham Miners' Association is fascinating and not just for the Gilliland connection. Highly recommended. I guess as someone whose Maynard family is involved with mining in Kentucky and Appalachia, I find the subject particularly interesting.

An expanded Google search turned up even more information of a political nature, citing James' support of supplying arms to the Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War. Here's a snippet from the Oxford Journals at the website for British History Online:
Durham and South Wales Miners and the Spanish Civil War
Mates Twentieth Century Brit Hist.2006; 17: 373-395
"At the Miners’ Federation annual conference in July 1938, Durham delegate Jack Gilliland spoke in favour of supplying arms to the Republic and stated that...."
tcbh.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/17/3/373

Another book cites Gilliland and the Miners' Association with regard to their role in the Labour Party...
Labour Inside the Gate: A History of the British Labour Party
by Matthew Worley - 2005 - Political Science - 278 pages
books.google.com/books?isbn=185043798X...

The Durham County Record Office is another resource for anyone interested in researching these Gillilands of Durham. Most of the papers in their collection appear to be of interest specifically for James' connection to the Miners' Association.
Durham County Record Office
http://tinyurl.com/ahucr2

Ref No. D/X 411/266
Printed letters from J. Gilliland, Durham Miners' Association, Financial Office, Red Hill, Durham concerning membership return forms, 31 January and 6 February 1934
(2 papers, typescript)

Ref No. D/X 411/267
Durham Miners' Association: Schedule of rates of compensation, January 1924
(l paper, printed)

Ref No. D/X 411/268
Printed letter from T. Trotter, General Treasurer and J. Gilliland, Financial Secretary, Durham Miners' Association, Red Hill, Durham to Lodge Secretaries concerning the payment of claims for Relief, 21 March 1928
(l paper, printed)

So it looks as if the Gillilands who emigrated from County Down to Durham left their mark on the mining industry and labor unions. I know little else of their family history, though you can find some important genealogical information at this site:
http://www.chrisdufton.com/All_Relatives/paf/pafg125.htm



-- Kate

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2015, 01:58:39 PM »
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Hello Kate,
You may find this link interesting:
http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/story/11336/

It relates to my grandfather, John Edward Gilliland, 1877-1951.  It was he who became a political agent for the Labour Party and supported two prominent MPs:  Willie Whitely (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Whiteley_(politician)) and Jack Lawson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Lawson).  John Edward was a younger brother of James of the DMA.

Regards,

Bill
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2015, 02:08:13 PM »
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Hello Kate,

You refer to the Chris Dufton tree, regrettably it is now defunct.  That said, I would love to see the evidence for Samuel being a son of Eliza as I would for her maiden name.  I'm trying to establish links with those who know of the Gillilands in Comber so any help would be most welcome.
Bill
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