CFHS code : MG2

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : DANIEL MACMILLAN d June 26 1857 aged 43 also FRANCES ELIZA his widow b June 5 1821 d January 21 1867

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202332, 0.1373263 – click here for location

Macmillan grave
Macmillan monument


A decorated stone cross on triple pedestal, the grave of Daniel and Eliza is located in the parish area of St Mary the Great on the southern stretch of the central path, east side, behind one of the yew trees that form the main avenue.

Macmillan inscription
Macmillan inscription


‘Daniel Macmillan
died June 26 1857 aged 43’

‘also Frances Eliza his widow
born June 5 1821 died January 21 1867’

Orridge monument

A cruciform coped stone, this monument, presumably to Eliza’s parents and brother, is located next to the Macmillan grave, in the parish area of St Mary the Great on the east side of the southern central path.

Daniel Macmillan (1813-1857), co-founder of the publishing house of Macmillan – see also Life Story page

Daniel Macmillan was the elder of two Scottish brothers born on the Isle of Arran to crofter parents. His life in the book trade started early; though having little formal education, he was apprenticed to a bookseller in Argyll at ten years old for a wage of 1s 6d. After his apprenticeship was finished he moved to a bookshop in Glasgow and developed the tuberculosis that would dog his life.

In September 1850, Daniel married Frances Eliza Orridge (1821-67) and the couple had four children. Despite continued personal happiness and professional success (Macmillan published their first bestseller in 1855, Charles Kingsley’s Westward Ho! and another, Thomas Hughes’ Tom Brown’s Schooldays in 1857), Daniel’s health deteriorated with repeated bouts of TB and in 1857, after an attack of pleurisy and a throat ulcer had weakened him and left him unable to eat or drink, he died on 26 June. He was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on 1 July.

Frances Eliza Macmillan (née Orridge) (5 June 1821 – 21 January 1867)

Frances was born in Cambridge and was the only daughter of Charles and Ann Orridge.  She was baptised at St Mary the Great on 2 July 1826. Charles Orridge  was a chemist and magistrate and she grew up on Market Hill.  She married Daniel Macmillan on 4 September 1850.  They had four children: Frederick Orridge (1851-1936), Maurice Crawford (1853-1936), Katherine Crawford (1855-1910) and Arthur Daniel (1857-1876).  The couple settled at 29 Regent Street (1851).

After she was widowed Eliza went to live with her brother in law Alexander Macmillan at 29 Market Hill (1861).  She later moved to live at Upper Tooting, but died at 6 East Parade, Heslington Road in York aged 45 years old. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 26 January and her brother William assumed Guardianship of the children.

Maurice and Frederick took over the running of the Macmillan publishing business. Maurice’s son Maurice Harold Macmillan (1894-1986)  was later Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and 1st Earl of Stockton.

Charles Morgan, The House of Macmillan (London: Macmillan, 1943)
Thomas Hughes, Memoir of Daniel Macmillan (London: Macmillan, 1882)
Dictionary of National Biography, Ancestry

By Rachel Calder and Claire Martinsen

Daniel Macmillan; Frances Eliza Macmillan