With roots that stretch back through the dim mists of time and boasting a number of royal connections, bearers of the Muir name today can lay claim to a truly distinguished heritage, being for centuries at the very heart of Scotland’s frequently turbulent affairs.
In 1263, Gilchrist Muir led the Scots to victory over the Danes at the battle of Largs, being rewarded by a grateful King Alexander 111 with a knighthood and the lands of Rowallan, near Kilmarnock.
One of his descendants, Elizabeth Muir, married Robert Stewart, the future King Robert 11 and the first of the Stewart monarchs.
One particularly famous bearer of the name was the pioneering Scots-born conservationist John Muir who, after immigrating with his family to America in 1849, went on to successfully advocate the case for the protection and preservation of many of its natural grandeurs.
The inspiring saga of the Muirs is chronicled here.