When the 1901 census was taken, Nathaniel and Annie were living in Bathgate and had a 6-year-old son named Nathaniel. In 1911, the family was still living in Bathgate, but its composition had changed quite a bit. Their son, Nathaniel would have been 16, but was not listed on the census record. However, two adopted sons -- Andrew Murray (9) and Robert M. Stewart (7 months) -- were. Annie's father, Ross Hutton, was also living with them. He was a retired pit head laborer. A terrific BillionGraves.com photograph answered some questions but raised others. Isn't that always the case?!
|Memorial for Annie (Hutton) Muir, her sons Andrew and Nathaniel, and Andrew's wife,|
Isabella; courtesy of BillionGraves.com
The inscription reads as follows:
Created by Nathaniel and Annie Muir
In loving memory of their sons
who died 19th March 1908
aged 13 years
husband of Isabella Adams
24th November 1936
aged 34 years
Annie Hutton Muir
died 24 November 1935
aged 63 years
Also the above
died 18th July 1984
aged 81 years
Robert M. Stewart was born on 14 Sep 1910 in Edinburgh to Annie Stewart and named Alistair Stewart. On 30 November of the same year, the birth registration was altered to change little Alistair's name to Robert Muir. I believe he died on 11 September 1976 and was added to the Bathgate Cemetery memorial marker for his grandparents, Robert Orr and Mary Watson (Shaw) Muir.
|Memorial for Robert Orr Muir, his second wife, Mary Watson Shaw and their adopted|
grandson, Robert Stewart Muir; courtesy of BillionGraves.com
I haven't yet found the birth or death registrations for Nathaniel and Annie's son, Nathaniel, which is very unusual because Scottish vital records after 1855 are fantastic. My only information about him comes from the 1901 census and the memorial stone.
I am still researching Robert Orr Muir's 14 known children, but so far I have identified 33 grandchildren. I wonder if Nathaniel and Annie struggled to have their own and that was why they adopted at least two boys. I suspect that question will remain unanswered.