The following genealogy, showing the first twelve generations of the Family of Muirhead, has been culled from a number of sources including Alexander Nisbetís book, A System of Heraldry, Speculative and Practical: With the True Art of Blazon; According to the Most Approved Heralds in Europe: Illustrated with Suitable Examples of the Most Considerable Surnames and Families in Scotland, &c., published in 1742 and The Morehead Family Of North Carolina And Virginia, by John M. Morehead, published in 1921.

  As has been noted elsewhere in this volume, there have been very few books published on the subject of the familyís history, and the accuracy of the information contained in them may be questionable. Certain information has been found to be discrepant between the two books cited here, and both disagree in certain instances with information found in contemporary public records. The reader is therefore cautioned that any genealogy dealing with generations removed by six or seven centuries cannot help but be prone to some percentage of error.

  The reader should notice that in this genealogy, the icon placed immediately to the left of an entry contains a link to a page quoting from either one of the source books noted above (cited by authorís name), or from another source. Please also note that the quotations, although abbreviated, retain the spelling, grammar and formatting of the original source. Names which are included that are not followed by a source box have been derived from the Muirhead Clan Society database, the sources of which are either not known or not proven. It should also be noted that certain groups of individuals, for which source information is the same, will be found to be referenced at the earliest ancestral family (e.g. John Hamilton of Udstoun married to Margaret Muirhead). Individual note pages are not provided for each progeny.


  1) Sir Willielmo de Muirhead ~ Jean Hay
                  1380-1506                                             1379-

       2) Sir William Muirhead ~ Mariota Hamilton (aka of Lauchope)
                        1415-                                             1418-

            3) John Muirhead ~ Margaret Hepburn (of Lauchope & Bullis)
                               1443-1513                           1444-

                 4) John Muirhead ~ Margaret Borthwick (granted the name of Stark)
                                      1466-                               1470-

                      5) James Muirhead ~ Jean Fleming (of Lauchope)
                                            1490-                                    1492-

                           6) James Muirhead ~ Janet Baillie (of Lauchope)
                                                  1510-                                   1552-

                                7) William Muirhead
                                7) James Muirhead ~ 1st Janet Hamilton
                                                         -1662                                   

                                          8)Katherine Muirhead ~ David Mathie

                                     8)Sir James Muirhead ~1st Jean Houstoun
                                                               1573-1633                                   1575-

                                          9) James Muirhead ~ Marie / Jean Dalziel
                                                                     -1671                                   

                                               10) James Muirhead ~ Helen Lindsay
                                                                               1598-1661                                   1600-

                                                    11) James Muirhead
                                                                                     1624-                                   

                                                         11) Helen Muirhead

                                                                                  -1663                                   

                                               10) Claud Muirhead ~ ---- Wauchop of Niddery
                                                                               1566-1681                                   

                                                    11) John Muirhead
                                               10) Allan Muirhead
                                               10) Gavin Muirhead ~ Janet Douglas
                                                                               1568-                                   

                                                    11) Anna Muirhead
                                                                                     1683-                                   

                                                    11) William Muirhead
                                                                                     1684-1710                                   

                                                    11) James Muirhead ~ Elspeth Fairly
                                                                                     1685-1738                                    

                                                              12)----- (daughter)

                                                              12)----- (daughter)

                                                    11) Bethea Muirhead ~ John Hamilton
                                                                                     1687-                                   

                                                              12) Margaret Hamilton

                                                                                         1711-                                   

                                                    11) Jean Muirhead
                                                                                     1691-                                   

                                                    10) John Muirhead

                                          9) John Muirhead (of Brydinhill)
                                          9) Rev. Thomas Muirhead ~ Margaret Baillie
                                                                     1571-1634                                   

                                               10) William Muirhead
                                               10) James Muirhead
                                                         11) William Muirhead

                                                    11) Thomas Muirhead
                                               10) Margaret Muirhead ~ Alexander Thomson
                                               10) Christian Muirhead ~ John Lindsay
                                               10) Elizabeth Muirhead ~ George Balfour
                                          9) ----- Muirhead ~ Alexander Gartsbore
                                          9) Joanna Muirhead ~ John Crawfurd
                                          9) Alison Muirhead ~ Thomas Baillie (of Polkemmet)
                                                    10) Thomas Baillie ~ Margaret Baillie

                                                         11) Thomas Baillie ~ Ann Inglis

                                                              12) Thomas Baillie ~ Ann Cockburn

                                     8) Sir James Muirhead ~2nd Margaret Somervile
                                                               1573-1633                                   

                                     8) Thomas Muirhead ~ Elizabeth Hamilton (of Johnston)
                                                              1533-                                   

                                          9) Margaret Muirhead ~ John Crawfurd of Milnton
                                               10) Margaret Crawfurd ~ Sir William Stewart
                                                             (of Castlemilk)

                                     8) Margaret Muirhead ~ John Hamilton of Udstoun
                                                               1533-                                   

                                          9) Elizabeth Hamilton ~ William Cleland (of Fascine)
                                               9) John Hamilton ~ Helen Whiteford

                                                                  -1616                                   

                                                    10) John Hamilton ~ ----- Stewart

                                                         11) John Hamilton ~ Margaret Cleland

                                                              12) ----- Hamilton ~ Hamilton of Barr

                                                              12) John Hamilton ~ Elizabeth Brown

                                                         11) Robert Hamilton

                                                         11) Margaret Hamilton ~ Robert Cunningham

                                                         11) Anne Hamilton ~ William Hamilton

                                                                                                                         -1726

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (daughter) ~ Gladstanes of Gladstanes

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (daughter) ~ Hamilton of Grange

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (daughter) ~ Learmont of Newholm

                                                         11) Helen Hamilton ~ James Hamilton

                                                                                                                     1618-1684

                                                              12) ----- Hamilton (son)

                                                              12) ----- Hamilton (son)

                                                              12) ----- Hamilton (son)

                                                              12) ----- Hamilton (son)

                                                              12) ----- Hamilton (daughter)

                                                              12) ----- Hamilton (daughter)

                                                    10) William Hamilton ~ Margaret Hamilton

                                                                            -1681                                   

                                                         11) Margaret Hamilton ~ James Young

                                                              12) Susan Young ~ James Marshall

                                                    10) Margaret Hamilton ~ John Hamilton

                                                                                       (Younger of Airdrie)

                                               9) James Hamilton ~ Margaret Hamilton (1st of Barncleuch)

                                                                  -1631                                   -after 1655

                                                    10) Quintin Hamilton ~ ----- -----

                                                         11) John Hamilton

                                                    10) James Hamilton ~ Helen Hamilton

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (son)

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (son)

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (son)

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (son)

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (daughter)

                                                         11) ----- Hamilton (daughter)

                                                    10) Robert Hamilton ~ Marion Denholm

                                                                            -1695                                   

                                                         11) Catherine Hamilton

                                                                                  1654-                                   

                                                         11) John Hamilton ~ Margaret Hamilton

                                                                                  1656-1708                                   -1716

                                                              12) John Hamilton ~ Anne Bruce

                                                                      (3rd Lord Belhaven)

                                                              12) James Hamilton ~ Anne Walkinshaw

                                                         11) Anne Hamilton ~ Alexander Stewart

                                                                                  1658-1722                                   

                                                         11) James Hamilton ~ Catherine Denholm

                                                                 (1st of Pencaitland)

                                                                                  1659-1729                                   

                                                              12) John Hamilton ~ Margaret Menzies

                                                                      (2nd of Pencaitland)

                                                              12) Alexander Hamilton ~ Mary Kinloch

                                                                      (3rd of Pencaitland)

                                                              12) Marion Hamilton ~ James Graham

                                                                                         1685-                                   1676-1753

                                                              12) Robert Hamilton

                                                                                         1686-                                   

                                                              12) Anna Hamilton ~ Archibald Grant

                                                                                         1687-                                   1676-1753

                                                              12) Margaret Hamilton ~ Alexander Gibson

                                                                                                                                   -1774

                                                         11) Marion Hamilton ~ Hew Dalrymple

                                                                                  1661-                                   1652-1737

                                                         11) Archibald Hamilton

                                                                                  1662-                                   

                                                         11) Margaret Hamilton

                                                                                  1663-                                   

                                                         11) Robert Hamilton

                                                                                  1664-                                   

                                                         11) William Hamilton

                                                                                  1665-                                   

                                                         11) ) Rachel Hamilton

                                                                                  1667-                                   

                                                         11) Daniel Hamilton ~ Mary Hamilton

                                                                                  1669-                                   

                                                         11) Robert Hamilton

                                                                                  1670-                                   

                                                         11) Quentin Hamilton

                                                                                  1672-                                   

                                                         11) Harry Hamilton ~ Catherine Ross

                                                                                  1673-                                   

                                                         11) Thomas Hamilton

                                                                                  1675-                                   

                                                         11) Cecile Hamilton ~ Robert Stewart

                                                                                  1676-1762                                   

                                                    10) Archibald Hamilton ~ 1st Elizabeth Jardine

                                                         11) Margaret Hamilton ~ James Hamilton

                                                                                  1671-1704                                   -1727

                                                         11) John Hamilton

                                                                                  1672-                                   

                                                         11) Elizabeth Hamilton ~ 1st William Cunningham

                                                                                  -1760                                   

                                                                            ~ 2nd Robert Hamilton

                                                                                                                     -1773

                                                              12) Jean Hamilton ~ George Lindsay Crawford

                                                                                                                                   1729-1781

                                                              12) Margaret Hamilton ~ John Cathcart

                                                              12) ----- Hamilton

                                                              12) Eleanor Hamilton ~ Hugh Montgomerie

                                                    10) Archibald Hamilton ~ 2nd Bethia Murray

                                                         11) Eupham Hamilton ~ Charles Hamilton

                                                                                  1680-                                   1678-

                                                         11) Archibald Hamilton Jr

                                                                                  1681-                                   

                                                         11) James Hamilton ~ Frances Stuart

                                                                                  1682-                                   

                                                         11) William Hamilton

                                                                                  1684-                                   

                                                         11) Alexander Hamilton

                                                                                  1685-                                   

                                                         11) Anna Hamilton

                                                                                  1686-                                   

                                                         11) Robert Hamilton

                                                                                  1688-