Milligan was probably born in Britain. He was an assistant to JP Alison, FSA, FRIBA, Hawick, Scotland from 1905 to 1914 when he left this office to gain experience elsewhere. He was subsequently employed in a number of offices for various periods: from 1914 to 1915 he was with JS Brocklesby, ARIBA, Leeds, and GT Wells, ARIBA, in Middlesborough. He enlisted for active service in December 1915, was demobilised in 1919 and returned to work for JP Alison in Hawick in 1919, leaving for South Africa in 1920. He seems to have been first employed in Natal by WG MOFFAT. By 1921 he was working for HAWKE & McKINLAY in Cape Town, and then for CP WALGATE as chief assistant in the same year, working on the drawings for the University of Cape Town. He acted as Clerk of Works for the central buildings, UCT. While in Walgate's office he passed the special qualifying examination an became an Associate of the RIBA in 1923; he never registered with the Institute of South African Architects. According to Walgate: 'One could not wish for a more pleasant and competent helper. Socially retiring, he played the piano well and built an amplifier with a 3 ft. diaphragm to listen to broadcast concerts' (CAD A1659 Add 2/1). Milligan did not enjoy good health. He had been a despatch rider during the First World War and had never recovered from an internal injury and, according to Walgate, disappeared after a severe illness.
There is also a listing of this practitioner on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.
ARIBA Cape Town 1923. (ARIBA nom papers (1923); Walgate Papers CAD A1659 Add 2/1)
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