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Muir History
Letters of James and John Muir to Samuel Hepburn
Col. Adam Muir a1694 - 1747
James Muir, Sr 1727 - 1794
Jean Muir 1759-????
Thomas Muir 1693 - 1779

Muir Clan Tartans ancient1, ancient2, modern1, modern2 ancient & modern

Muir Surname  

The name means 'living by a moor or heath'. The future King Robert II married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Adam Mure of Rowallan, in 1346. Ten years later the marriage was challenged, possibly on the grounds of there being a degree of consanguinity between them, and a dispensation was sought from the Pope. This was granted in 1347, when the legitimacy of their children, including the future King Robert III, was formally acknowledged. Sir William Mure of Rowallan (d. 1616) married Elizabeth, sister of the poet Alexander Montgomerie (1545-98), but the male Rowallan line ended in 1700 on the death of their great-grandson.

Thanks to Kurt Moore for the following information

Muir has three variations of meaning:
1] large or big in gaelic
2] a moor or heath in middle english,
3] by the sea in pictish

The surname is found all over Scotland, especially west central Scotland and in the Orkney Islands where it is one of the top 10 commonly used names. In 1995, Moore and Muir taken together was the 24th most frequent surname at the Scottish Registry Office.

The variant spellings are commonly found in these areas:

Muir - most common in Ayrshire and areas southwest
More/Moore/Mure - most common in the highlands
Moar - most common in the Orkney and Shetland
Moir - most common in Aberdeenshire and southwest
Mohr - most common in central lowlands
Mor - most common in central lowlands
O'More - most common in Ireland

Clan Muir
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The tartan associated with Clan Muir was documented in John Ross's, Land of the Scottish Gael published in 1930.Clan Muir is an Armigerous Scottish clan, meaning that the clan doesn't have a chief recognized by the Court of the Lord Lyon. The surnames Muir, Mure and Moore can be considered septs of Clan Campbell, but more commonly associated with Clan Gordon.

The surname Muir is a topographical name meaning someone who lived on a moor. The name is derived from the Scots form of the Middle English word "more" which means moor or fen.

Motto: Durum patientia frango (I overcome difficulty by patience)
Origin of Name: Gaelic "Mor", large

More History

This name is found in a number of variants throughout Scotland - in the northern isles Moar is common, while the Aberdonian spelling of Moir is to be found on and around the east coast. In the lowlands, neither of these spellings is to be found, though the name Muir is very widespread. The gaelic 'mór' is translated as 'large' or 'big', and the surname may simply refer to such physical attributes.

As one of the commonest descriptive titles given to a man, in the oldest surviving tongue of the country, it is hardly surprising that the name is widely dispersed in its variants. An alternative lowland derivation of the name comes from the middle English for a "low grassy hill or heath", but this seems to have no connection with the highland branches of the clan.

The name More first crops up in Scotland in the thirteenth century, and gained prominence in 1317 when Robertus More became a burgess of Aberdeen. In the following century, the name appears prevalent in areas in which the Norse tongue was still spoken, most notably Orkney and Shetland.

The chief family of the lowland branches were the Mures of Rowallan in Ayrshire. One of the daughters of Sir Adam Mure married the future King Robert II and ensured the prosperity of this line of the family. This prosperity continued until the male line died out in 1700, when the family were persecuted as Covenanters.

The family estates were lost at this time, and eventually passed to the Earls of Loudon.

Definition: Moor. Of the moor or fen.
Surname Origin: Scottish, English
Alternate Surname Spellings: MOOR, MOORE

From a surname which was originally taken from a Scottish place name meaning "moor, fen".
It also means "sea" in Scottish Gaelic.

Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on a moor, from a Scots form of Middle English more ‘moor’, ‘fen’.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4, at
Muir Arms & Flags  


Quarterly, first and fourth argent, on a fesse azure, three mullets of the field. Second and third azure, three garbs.

Translation: The Mullet (star) denotes Honour and Achievement in the service of the state.

CREST: A Moor's head in profile proper.

MOTTO: Durum Patentia Frango. Translation: I overcome difficulty by patience.

ORIGIN: Scotland

Muir arms simple version most often found, drawn to blazon by author. Muir quartered arms used by Muir Family web sites and shown at Muir arms complete with crest as blazoned by http:// MuirMatters.htm

The ancient Muirs kived under the St Andrews Cross saltire ... ... and the Scottish Royal Standard. In Adam's time the Scottish Union flag flew o're the land. In America the English flag flew over the colonies and the Calvert flag of Lord Baltimore over MAryland. After Adam's death, the Colonial Grand Union flag appeared, to be replaced by the new United States flag and eventually the flag of the State of Maryland.

Origins & Migration

The map of Great Britain at left, and the map of Colonial Maryland above, are colored to show the origin areas for Muir and other Hepburn related families.

Our Muir ancestors came from Lanarkshire, Scotland with the arrival of Adam, later known as Col. Adam Muir, between his birth in 1693 and the birth of his son James in 1727. No passenger records have so far been found for his emigration year. He did cross from Glasgow to Maryland in 1734, accompanied by a relative named James Muir but so far it has not been established if James was his brother or son.

Muir Surname Factoids

MUIR Origins, Ports of Departue, & English Census 1891

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