Note: Much of the information which is not footnoted in this book was derived from the pages of the 1742 edition of Alexander Nisbetís A System Of Heraldry, the oldest record of the Muirheads. It should also be noted that Nisbetís account was not based on original research by himself. He basically transcribed, verbatim, An Account Of The Family Of The Muirheads Of Lachop, Now Represented By Muirhead Of Bredisholm, As The Heir-Male, a monograph which had been written by Walter Grosset. In other words, Nisbetís volume was similar to subscription histories, in which a family member will author an article on his/her family, which is then published along with other self-authored family histories in a single volume. It is interesting that some members of the Muirhead clan accept Walter Grossetís narrative as gospel, but at the same time will denounce Nisbetís. They are one and the same thing. I have chosen to refer to Nisbetís publication since it was just that Ė a published account.
1.1 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., by Alexander Nisbet, 1742, p 258.
According to Philip Graham of Alexandria, Scotland (an independent researcher and specialist in Clan Graham history), ďNisbets statement that the Muirheads were long of that ilk in the barony of Bothwell cannot be substantiated beyond doubt, on account that original family records have been lost. ... Nisbets conclusion that the Muirheads were formerly of that ilk of Bothwell is reasonable but only accurate in that the earliest surviving records concerning this family indeed derive from the barony of Bothwell. Black follows this lead by making references to the Bishop of Glasgow as son of the first known Muirhead of Bothwell. ... Returning to the concept of Muirhead being formerly of that ilk in Bothwell. This historical point concerning their authentic origins will never be successfully concluded despite the high probability that many families did indeed tend to become of that ilk if they resided in the same place before the creation of land charters. But in the case of Muirhead, there being many similar locations in different parts of Scotland, we can never be certain that Bothwell was ever the ancient chief residence of Muirhead. ... It is rather strange that no ancient mention of the Muirheads survives but they were clearly noble enough to have married into the families of Hay and Hamilton.Ē
1.2 Scottish Arms, by R.R. Stodart, 1881, p -----.
7.1 History Of Shotts, by William Gibson, 1999 (website).
7.2 A History Of Private Life, Volume I, edited by Philippe Aries and Georges Duby, 1987, p 459.
7.3 Additional information on the publication of this poem could not be located.
7.4 The Muirhead Alias Stark Family, by Ira G. Stark, 1920.
7.5 Descendants of John (Muirhead) Stark of Lauchope House, website.
7.6 The Stark Family website, by Eugene William Stark. http://www.gendex.com/users/stark/family_history.
7.7 ibid. Eugene W. Stark included the notation with this information that it was derived from the Stark Family Association Yearbook for 1941, p 39.