Robert Muir

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Robert John McNaughton Muir
Born 1859
Died 1914 (aged 54–55)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Miner

Early Life


Robert John McNaughton Muir was born 2 Dec 1859 at Torphichen, West Lothian, Scotland


Thomas Muir married Mary Reid


Robert J. McN. Muir, age 21, from Fauldhouse, son of Thomas Muir and Mary Reid, occupation stone miner, married Elspeth F. Mann, age 19, 31 Dec 1881 at 47 Main Avenue, New Craighall, [North Esk. Inveresk] after Banns according to the Church of Scotland, in County Edinburgh.


  • Thomas Muir (married Isabel)
  • David Muir (married Katie)
  • Janet Muir
  • Mary Muir (married to William Murray of Lethbridge)
  • Elspeth Muir (Mrs. Fred Harvey of Lethbridge)
  • Jane Muir
  • Agnes Muir
  • Elizabeth Muir
  • James Muir (twin)
  • Robert Muir (twin)
  • Isa Muir (married Frank O'Brien of USA)

Two of the daughters of Robert Muir were Mrs. Fred Harvey and Mrs. William Murray, living in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1950.

Census Records

1861 Muiravonside, Stirlingshire, Scotland, name John RWN, age 1
1871 Torphichen, West Lothian, Scotland, name Robert, age 11
1881 Fauldhouse, West Lothian, age 21, occupation iron miner
1891 Muiravonside, Stirlingshire, age 31, occupation coal miner
1901 East Shieldhill, Grangemouth, age 41, occupation coal miner, hewer
1911 Lundbreck, Alberta, Robert, son David and daughter Janet.
1911 Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, Elspeth and 6 of the children

Immigration to Canada

Robert went to Canada sometime between 1903 and 1911.
David, son, immigrated in 1909.
1914 "Empress of Britain", Agnes Muir age 17, going to father, a miner at Hillcrest, occ. Milliner

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Robert is buried in the Hillcrest cemetery but not in the Mass Grave.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Wife Elspeth
1920 Ship "Empress of Britain" 3 Nov. Elspeth said she is going to son in Lethbridge. David?.
Immigration Form: age 60, widow, never been in Canada before, paid for her own trip, going to daughter Mrs. Fred Harvey of Lethbridge, intends to live there permanently.

"Lethbridge Herald June 18, 1935" Mrs. Elspeth Muir, mother of Mrs. F. Harvey and Mrs. W. Murray of Lethbridge died at her home in Calgary on Sunday following a brief illness. She was predeceased by her husband in 1914 in Hillcrest.


Schedule A

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names

Robert John McNaughton Muir

Interesting Facts

"Dundee Courier 13 July 1914" Robert Muir (54), widower, four children in the care of William Legg, Hillcrest. (?)

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