Frequently Asked Questions

'Clan Muir ?', there is no Clan Muir, Muir is a Sept, right?

What is the difference between the Clan Muir and the Clan Muir Society?

Why are there so many different spellings of the surname?

I've been told that there was no Chief of the Clan Muir, Is this true?

Why should I join?

Why are your charging a fee to join a Clan?

How do I join the Clan Muir Society?


 

'Clan Muir ?', there is no Clan Muir, Muir is a Sept, right?

 The Muir's have been claimed by many differing Clans over the centuries and quite understandably so, we have some of the most talented, friendly and hard working individuals in our Clan.  The Clan Muir is NOT a sept, but a Clan unto itself,  This stance is supported by information obtained from the Lord Lyon Court.

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What is the difference between the Clan Muir and the Clan Muir Society?

This can be confusing for many people, especially since we work so closely together and the fact that some individuals are involved in both organizations.

The CLAN MUIR is the collective term for all members of our extended family. One is born, or adopted, into the Clan. The Clan Muir Society is open to anyone who wishes to join it. 

The Clan Muir is overseen by a 'CHIEF', or in our case a 'Head of the House..'. There is then a hierarchy within our Clan in the form or Guardians, High Commissioners, and Conveners.. These people have the interest of our Clan at heart in all they do, they adhere to strict guidelines in terms of conduct and professionalism and are able to represent our Clan at public events and so on. Appointment of Guardians and Conveners are at the discretion of The Head of the House of Muir and may be withdrawn if they fall below the high standards we expect of our representatives.

The Clan Muir in the person of Andrew Moore of Muir is responsible for Clan policy, appointments and all other aspects of THE CLAN.

The Clan Muir Society has two branches; The Clan Muir Society North America and The Clan Muir Society Scotland.

The Clan Muir Society North America was originally founded in 1997 by and managed by Kurt Moore (Society President and webmaster) to promote awareness of our Clan.

The Clan Muir Society Scotland,  is the Scottish branch of the Clan Muir Society managed by the House of Muir to ensure local accessibility to all of our members. The webmaster and site administrator is Hazel Rae (Also Vice President of The Clan Muir Society - USA)

The Clan Muir Society is responsible for it's own policies, appointments of office bearers and conducting it's own business activities.

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Why are there so many different spellings of the surname?

Historically, the written word was based on the phonetic version (what the word sounded like) and due to differences in dialect, inflexion etc,. this has been recorded differently by whoever was responsible for documenting records. Even within a single family, over 2 or 3 generations birth surnames could have different spellings, this does not mean they are not related, just recorded differently.

  Click here to view the various spellings of the Clan Muir.

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I've been told that there is no Chief of the Clan Muir. Is this true? 

This is sort of true.  For 300 years there was no Chief of the Clan Muir. The last known and documented chief died without a male heir, this led to the absorption of Clan Members by other larger clans, either through marriage, alliance or defeat in battle. These alliances may have been for a number of reasons, protection, convenience or employment. This is the reason many Clans have claimed Muir as a sept of their own Clan. 

With the formation of the Clan Muir Society and the obvious desire by many, many 'lost' Clan Members to reclaim their heritage and become a true Clan again, a new 'Chief' was sought and appointed. The title 'Chief' is not used in our Clan currently because we must first apply to the Lord Lyon for 'rematriculation' of arms before the term Chief may be used. We have therefore opted for the legitimate title of 'Head of the House of Muir' as advised by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. Rematriculation is a costly and very lengthy process, hence the need for fundraising.

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Why should I join?

If you haven't done so, check out our member benefits. You will also be joining one of the most exciting clan families and be a part of History and we march towards the full rematriculation of arms and recognition of our Chief.

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Why are you charging a fee to join a Clan?

We are not charging you to join the Clan, you are a Clansman by birthright. Your fee covers membership in the Clan Society, there is a difference and that is explained here. Fees are nominal and help us in continuing our work in bringing you these websites, information and other membership benefits. 

All people involved with the work of the Society and the Clan give their time freely and no financial incentives are paid. Your fee helps us to host and update our websites, covers postage, printing and delivery of certificates, continue with our research and basically ensures we can continue to bring you accessible and accurate information. 

 

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How do I join the Clan Muir?

 

Download the membership application in either format, fill it out, mail it with the membership fees to the address on the bottom of the application.  

Membership Application in PDF format

Membership Application in Word format

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