Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Rev. William Muir

The Rev. William Muir (1795-1864), Minister, First Charge, Parish Church, Dysart, Fife, was uncle of "our" William Muir. He was born 30 Aug 1794 in Paisley, Renfrew, and died 1 Dec 1864 in Dysart, Fife, aged 70. His first marriage (to Christian Bain), took place 15 Apr 1828, at Dysart. They had eight children. His second childless marriage (to Margaret Robertson), took place 25 Dec 1850 . She long outlived him, dying in 1889.

Dysart circa 1860.
For what it's worth—at least it will avoid confusion—here is a list of the books published by the Rev. William Muir.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

A William Muir chronology II: 1884-1940

Former home of the Iona Press.
Muir, now settled in London, began publishing as the Iona Press—Muir proprietor, manager, editor—John MacCormick set up type and worked the press, binder (John MacCormick—already a student at Glasgow University?). "The pictures in the 'Iona Press' (and also those of the Blake Press London) were painted by girls on the island, under the instruction of Mr Muir and the late Miss Flora Ritchie, whose father, the late Captain Ritchie, kindly gave the use of a room in his house, and in other ways materially assisted the workers financially."