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Kirkintilloch Town and Parish
William Muir, Poet


Although not a native of Kirkintilloch, was so well known, and spent so much of his time there, that we cannot pass him over.

He was the second son of John Muir, portioner, Birdston, where he was born on 28th November, 1766, educated in Kirkintilloch by Mr. William Bennie, afterwards sent to Glasgow to learn the drapery business, but after a short trial gave it up. He was then apprenticed to William Fergus, saddler, Kirkintilloch, and becoming a good tradesman was employed by different saddlers in Glasgow from 1787 till 1791, when he went to London in order to perfect himself in his business, but a serious indisposition made him return to his friends in a few weeks.

He soon after commenced business for himself in Falkirk, but was unsuccessful. From this time he lived with his father till the old man died, and continued in the same house till his own death on 21st October, 1817, the result of a fall down a stair.

Of a gentle benevolent disposition, and subject to periodical fits of melancholy, he was an object of much sympathy and interest to his friends in Birdston and Kirkintilloch. We have quoted several of his poems on local subjects.


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