James Muirhead, son of Thomas Muirhead and Rachel Muir, was born on 24 December, 1739 at Hamilton, in Lanarkshire. He died in 1804.(3.09)
James Muirhead, the 7th Laird of Lauchope and his wife, Janet (Hamilton), had a son named Alexander.
Alexander Muirhead, son of James and Janet Muirhead, married Eupham Jervey. They had a son named Alexander.
Alexander Muirhead, son of Alexander and Eupham Muirhead, married Helen Bane and had a son named John.
John Muirhead, son of Alexander and Helen Muirhead, married Anna Jervey. They had a son named Michael.
Michael Muirhead, son of John and Anna Muirhead, married Margaret Ewing and had a son named Thomas. Thomas married Rachel Muir, and were the parents of the subject of this section.
James Muirhead married Margaret Elphinstone MacKinnon on 15 October, 1766 at Glasgow in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Margaret was born at Glasgow, the daughter of John MacKinnon and Jean -----. Her middle name came from the surname of Elphinstone, thereby suggesting that her mother’s ancestry derived from that clan.
The seat of the Elphinstone clan was located In Stirlingshire, near the barony of Plean, and were known as ‘Airth.’ The Elphinstone clan’s name is believed to have been derived from a place name: Elfinstun. Although some traditions claim that the name is derived from a Flemish knight’s name of Helphenstein. The clan is believed to have originated around the year 1230; the first use of the name appeared in the year 1235 in a deed. Sir John de Elfinstun married Margaret of Seton, Robert the Bruce’s niece.
Clan MacKinnon was a branch of the Siol Alpin, which claimed descent from Kenneth MacAlpin through his great-grandson, Fingon. The clan originally possessed the estate of Griban, on the island of Mull, but they exchanged that estate for Mishnish on the same island. Among other lands on the islands of Arran, Tiree, Pabay and Scalpa, the MacKinnons also came into possession of the estate of Strathordell on the island of Skye. It is believed that John MacKinnon was the last Chief of the original Clan MacKinnon. As a result, Margaret, the daughter of John MacKinnon, was known as Lady MacKinnon of the Isle of Skye of that Ilk. John MacKinnon made a living as the Surveyor of Customs as Greenock.
James Muirhead made a living as a saddler in the city of Glasgow. In 1781, he was appointed to the position of Burgess of the Burgh of Hamilton. A manuscript stated:(3.10)
|At Hamilton the twenty first day of July one thousand seven hundred eighty one years.
The said day in presence of Messrs James Lyne & John Bryson, Baillies of the Burgh of Hamilton, with consent of the remaining members of the Town Council of said Burgh, Mr. James Morehead, Sadler in Glasgow, was duly admitted a Burgess of said Burgh with liberty to him to exercise and enjoy the whole priviledges and immunities thereto belonging as amply and freely in all respects as any Burgess does may or can enjoy who accepted of the same accordingly and gave his oath of Burgesship in common form. Extracted by A. Hamilton, Clk.
In 1783, James was made a Baillie and later the Provost of Glasgow.
James and Margaret Elphinstone Muirhead gave birth to seven children: Robert B.; James, born 03 June, 1771; Elizabeth, born in October, 1776; Thomas, born 1777; George Boyes, born 05 April, 1783; and Patrick, born 19 July, 1785.
Margaret Elphinstone Muirhead preceeded her husband in death, in the year 1789. He died in the year 1804.
Robert B. Muirhead, son of James and Margaret Elphinstone Muirhead, married -----. They gave birth to George Armstrong.
James Muirhead Jr, son of James and Margaret Elphinstone Muirhead, was married twice, first to -----, and secondly, on 04 March, 1811, to Ann Gordon Crooke. To the first marriage was born a son: James John, born 1796. The second marriage resulted in the births of: Jane Elphinstone, born 15 February, 1812 and died 1888; Henry MacKinnon, born 18 June, 1813, (See Henry Muirhead Of Australia); James Watt, born July, 1815; John William, born 1817; Samuel Lewis, born 23 March, 1819 and died 1860; George Anderson, born 1821; and Ann Gordon, born 09 November, 1822.
James John Muirhead, son of James and --- Muirhead, married Jane Smith on 28 June, 1824 at Glasgow. Jane was born circa 1800 at Glasgow. The couple gave birth to: Anne Elizabeth; Henry Donaldson; Margaret Jane; Robert Kirkland, born 1840 (See chapter titled, Robert K. Muirhead Of Florida); Thomas Findlay; John James, born 06 March, 1828; and Lewis Potter, born 03 December, 1846. James died in the year 1871.
Anne Elizabeth Muirhead, daughter of James and Jane Muirhead, married George Parkes.
Henry Donaldson Muirhead, son of James and Jane Muirhead, married Margaret Christina Potter on 09 August, 1860 at Hamilton, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. They gave birth to: Margaret Potter, born 02 July, 1861; May; and James.
Margaret Jane Muirhead, daughter of James and Jane Muirhead, married David Gilmour. They gave birth to: Douglas, died 1912; and Stanley.
Thomas Findlay Muirhead, son of James and Jane Muirhead, married Helen Christie Foulds on 05 February, 1868 at Blythswood, in Glasgow. Helen was a daughter of John J. Foulds. The couple gave birth to three children, only one of which we know the name: Ernest James, born 11 February, 1869. Thomas died circa 1880.
John James Muirhead, son of James and Jane Muirhead, married Isabella Fullarton on 02 November, 1852 at Barony, in Lanarkshire. Isabella was born in1836, a daughter of Matthew Fullarton and Mary Brown. They gave birth to: James Fullarton, born 22 December, 1853; Ellen Fullarton, born 26 May 1855; John Archibald Fullarton, born25 January, 1857; Jane Smith, born 21 July, 1858; Findlay, born 09 March, 1860; Frederick William, born 20 November, 1861; Isabella Fullarton, born 05 January, 1863; Anne Eliza Fullarton, born 06 April, 1864; Constance Marion, born 29 April, 1865; Horace William, born 25 May, 1867; Evelyn Maria, born 19 November, 1869; Rosalie, born 10 September, 1871; and Arthur Buchan, born 29 December, 1874.
James Fullarton Muirhead, son of John and Isabella Muirhead, married Helen Quincy on 14 February, 1894 at Rome, Italy. Helen was born on 06 September, 1861. James died in 1898.
Lewis Potter Muirhead, son of James and Jane Muirhead, married Florence Lefevre D’Arcy Hale. They gave birth to four children, of which we only know the names for two: Charles Hope, born 28 August, 1873; and Lewis Potter, born 09 November, 1874.
John William Muirhead, son of James and Ann Muirhead, married Mary Burns. They gave birth to: James; Islay Burns, born 1854; John Henry, born 28 April, 1855 and died 1940; and Louis Andrew, born 24 November, 1856. John died in 1857.
James Muirhead, son of John and Mary Muirhead, married Robina Spencer. They gave birth to: John Spencer, James, Lois Elphinstone, and Sophia.
James Muirhead Jr., son of James and Robina Muirhead, married ----- -----. They had one child: -----.
Islay Burns Muirhead, son of John and Mary Muirhead, married ----- -----. They gave birth to: Islay, Mary, and Catherine. Islay died in 1948.
Louis Andrew Muirhead, son of John and Mary Muirhead, married ----- -----. They gave birth to: John, John William, Kitty, Lewis, and Janet. Louis died in 1927.
Kitty Muirhead, daughter of Louis and ---- Muirhead, married Alex Cuthbertson. They gave birth to: James.
Ann Gordon Muirhead, daughter of James and Ann Muirhead, married Thomas Monteith. (Note: According to the Muirhead Clan Society database, this Ann Gordon Muirhead and her husband, Thomas Monteith, were the parents of Isabella and May – noted below under Elizabeth Muirhead.)
Elizabeth Muirhead, daughter of James and Margaret Elphinstone Muirhead, was married three times, first to a Mr. Monteith, secondly to a Mr. Muir, and thirdly to a Mr. Mackay. She died in 1806. To Mr. Monteith, Elizabeth gave birth to: Isabella, and May. Isabella and her sister, May died in Australia. It is not known whether they, themselves moved there with their husbands, or if Elizabeth and ------ Monteith moved there prior to there births.
Isabella Monteith, daughter of ----- and Elizabeth Monteith, married ----- Bakewell.
May Monteith, daughter of ----- and Elizabeth Monteith, married ----- Marten, a doctor.
George Boyes Muirhead, son of James and Margaret Elphinstone Muirhead, married Jane Ronald on 20 April, 1807 at Glasgow. The couple gave birth to: George James, born 25 January, 1808; Jean Elphinstone, born 28 April, 1809; Elisabeth, born 28 January, 1811; and Margaret, born 23 January, 1814. George died in 1818.
George James Muirhead, son of George B., and Jane Muirhead, emigrated to the West Indies. He died on 16 May, 1824 at Kingston, Jamaica.
Margaret Muirhead, daughter of George and Jane Muirhead, married Lewis Potter on 16 December, 1833 at Glasgow. They gave birth to one daughter: Margaret Christina.
Margaret Christina Potter, daughter of Lewis and Margaret Potter, married Henry Donaldson Muirhead on 09 August, 1860 at Hamilton, in Lanarkshire. Henry was a son of John Muirhead and Jane Smith. He went into business with his father-in-law, Lewis Potter at Natal. Henry and Margaret eventually divorced. The children of Henry and Margaret are included in the lineage of Henry Donaldson Muirhead. (See Robert K. Muirhead Of Florida)
3.9 The information for this section on the descendants of James Muirhead of Glasgow, is derived primarily from the Muirhead Clan Society database (which, unfortunately, has been known to contain numerous errors). The serious researcher should corroborate the information with other sources. Certain of the information comes also from research performed by Robb Muirhead.
3.10 Some Muirhead Genealogy, website produced and maintained by Robb Muirhead at the URL: http://www.stat.lsa.umich.edu/~robb/Personal/Genealogy/genealogy.html.