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.