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Brentford Councillors - James Booth Milburn


Janet McNamara has researched details of the men who served as Brentford Local Board Members and Councillors, see intro page for more details of early local government structure.

James Booth Milburn

Mr Milburn was a local Councillor early in the 20th century from at least 1906 and his name is on the Monument (1909).

He had been born in York in 1860. (York 9d 12 June quarter).
There are entries about the family on the ancestry and roots web websites.

The 1871 census shows him as a 10year old scholar at 59, Goodramgate, York with his parents William Clapham Milburn (36) a Tailor (employer) and mother Annie (32). He had 3 younger brothers and a servant was employed. His father had been born in Bradford, his mother in Snaith, Yorks and all the children in York.

In 1881 he was a student aged 20 at a Catholic School at Esh in Durham and in 1891 was one of 4 tutors at a Catholic boarding school at 43, Crescent, Salford.

He was married in the June quarter 1896 Chorlton 8c 1461 and by the 1891 census was 40 and living at 135, Windmill Road with his wife Caroline Annie (34) born Highmoor, Manchester. They had a daughter, Mildred Mary aged 1 and a son, James Bede aged 9 months. They also employed a live in servant. James is described as a Journalist Author.


The directories show him at this address until 1908.

The 1911 census shows the Milburn family at 'The Retreat', Field Lane, London Road, Brentford, a property with 8 rooms. James was a 'journalist', the other members of the household were his wife, daughter and son and a live-in servant, Ellen Hart, 17, born Brentford.

From 1920 until his death he was the editor of the weekly Catholic newspaper 'The Tablet', having been the deputy editor for some years before.

He also wrote for the Dublin Review and published books about the Oxford Movement and Joan of Arc.

There is a photographic portrait of him on the National Portrait Gallery website.

His death was registered in Brentford in 1923, at the age of 62. Probate records on give his death date (21 April 1923) and names of executors: William Clapham Milburn (tailor) and Ernest Hopkins Hazel (solicitor). His estate was valued at 1397 15s 10d.

Other material

Janet has also provided newspaper items from 1905 (exchange with Charles J Cross) and details of James Milbur's funeral in 1923: he was interred at St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green. To be added as time permits.


Page published March 2012