Elisabeth Muir

9 July 1836–1889 (Age 52)
Dalserf, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Elisabeth

When Elisabeth Muir was born on 9 July 1836, in Dalserf, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Muir, was 25 and her mother, Mary Baird, was 19. She married William Shields on 22 October 1863, in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851. She died in 1889, at the age of 53, and was buried in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.

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Family Time Line

William Shields
Elisabeth Muir
Marriage: 22 October 1863
Robert Shields
Thomas Shields
Agnes Mary Shields
Elizabeth Shields
Christina Shields

Spouse and Children

22 October 1863
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand


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Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Muir


    Mary Baird





    William Muir


    Margaret Muir


    Isabel Muir


    Robert Muir


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World Events (8)

1838 · Jenners Department Store Opens its doors

Age 2

Jenners was founded by Charles Jenner as a department store for the community. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1892 but, with a new design in mind, the store was reopened in 1895 with new features. It was named Harrods of the North after it was given Royal Warrant in 1911 and was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on its 150th anniversary. It was sold to the House of Fraser in 2005, which in 2008, made much needed improvements to the store.

Age 4

The Maori sign the Treaty of Waitangi giving control to the British in exchange for protection and guaranteed Maori possession of their lands.
1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Age 18

Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

Name Meaning

Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on a moor, from a Scots form of Middle English more ‘moor’, ‘fen’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Eliza E. Shields in entry for William Shields, "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915"
  • Elisabeth Muir in household of Thomas Muir, "Scotland Census, 1851"
  • Elizabeth Sheilds in entry for Mary Sheilds, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"

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