Major Joseph Johnstone Muir

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Reference WMO/274834


Kirkmabreck Parish Church

Kirk Brae




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • Colonial India
About the memorial: Decoratively designed marble tablet in the shape of a scroll
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To The loved memory of Major Joseph Johnstone Muir, Madras Staff Corps, Eldest son of the Rev. John Muir, Minister of Kirkmabreck, Born 18th July 1833 He entered the madras army in 1850: served in the second Burmese war in 1852: was present with the Martaban column during the advance to Tonghoo under the command of General Steel, KCB (medal for Pegu) he also served with the Madras Rifles against the mutineers in Bengal: was present at the defence of Azimghur agains Kooer Singh's force in March 1858, & joined in the pursuit of that chieftain with the force under Brigadier Douglas in April of the same year? present at the actions of Azimghur & Ghoossee, & at the attack on the rebels in the Jugdespore Jungles on the 4th June 1858, [medal.] He was for some time Adjutant of his corps, after the breaking up of his own regiment 49th NI he died at Bangalore, Madras Presidency on the 28th Dec 1871 and was buried in the new cemetery there. A thorough soldier & a true man, he was beloved & esteemed by brother officers & by sepoys alike, & his death sincerely mourned by all. This tablet is erected by his widow.

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