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By Gary Nisbet
A R Muir & Sons
(fl. 1919-39)
A firm of monumental sculptors, they operated a workshop at the gates of Cathcart Cemetery in direct competition with William Scott’s business which was also at the cemetery gates. In 1926, A R Muir acquired Scott’s interests, and in 1927, he also acquired R W Robin’s yard at Craigton Cemetery.

In the same year, he also opened yards at Eastwood Cemetery, the Linn Cemetery and at Hawkhead in Paisley; effectively monopolizing the production of monumental sculpture for the city’s south side.

In 1933, the firm was renamed A R Muir & Sons, later becoming A.R. Muir & Co., and opened a head office at 51 St Enoch Square in Glasgow’s city centre. They also kept Scott and Robin’s names at their former workshops.

Like several of their competitors in the years after World War I, the Muirs received commissions for war memorials, such as the granite Celtic cross in St. David’s Memorial Park Church, Kirkintilloch (1922).

Amongst their output of cemetery monuments is the headstone in the Necropolis to Alexander McLean (1932). Muir’s business closed in 1939.

Sources:

  • PODs : 1919-39;
  • Gifford and F. Walker;
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