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ⓘ Moir (surname)




                                     

ⓘ Moir (surname)

Moir is a surname of Scottish origin, and is part of the Clan Gordon of the Scottish Lowlands. The name in its present form dates from the 14th century, and means "brave, renowned, mighty" in the Scots Gaelic dialect. Four generations of Moirs were active members of the Burgesses & Guild Brethren of Glasgow, 1751-1846.

The earliest recording of the moir was one Adam de La more. In 1213 king John of England sent Adam de La more, the king of Scotland, a gift of Gyrfalcons. He looks as if he, and perhaps others of his name settled in Scotland.

Rubislaw in the County, Gilchrist was one of the barons who swore allegiance to Edward I in 1296. Gilcrist also said that he incurred the wrath of sir Walter Cumyn but later married his daughter and secured the lands of Rowallan castle near Kilmarnock in Ayershire. Gilcrists granddaughter, Elizabeth Mure of Rowallan married the future king Robert II in 1346. The heiress Polkellie, Janet more, in the time of David II married sir Adam Muir Rowalian.

By the end of this century, when Edward I was dealing with the Scots on the inheritance of the Scottish crown, there were a significant number of the De La mores, including an Adam de La more, in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.

A century later, when the Laird of Rowallan gets a confirmation Charter from king Robert the third, he is designated sir Adam more, knight, but in the same year 1391 that the first transformation occurs on the name "Mure" in the Charter of the pension assigned to the kings uncle Andrew Mure, his brother, Elizabeth more of Rowallan. After that date, the common spelling of the name Muir or Mure. Reginald or Ranald de La more was a knight for Robert I of Scotland Robert the Bruce. King Robert De La more, Chamberlain of Scotland in 1329. He held this position until his death in 1341. Bruce gave Chamberlain de La more considerable estates in various parts of Scotland, one being that of Abercorn in Linlithgow, another being the Thanage of Formartyn, which included the greater part of Aberdeenshire. One of the eunuchs of the sons was sir William more of Abercorn, and another was more Gilchrest.

Robert the Bruce and Reginald de La were the Templars, when in 1307 king Philip Le Bel of France arrested and executed many knights in Paris. Two years later the Pope excommunicated Robert the Bruce, supposedly for the murder of John Comyn in the Church of Scotland. Then dad went to restore all Bruce nobles. Finally, the whole world of Scotland went under papal interdict. Action dad left the Catholic Church of Scotland free to support the Templars. As a result, a significant number of knights sought refuge in Scotland. When Robert Bruce died in 1329, never served God in the Crusades, he left the team that his heart was taken on crusade.

Sir Kenneth de La More Kenneth moir in the spring of 1330, went with sir James Douglas carrying Bruces heart encased in a Silver casket locket on a chain. With them went sir Simon Locard whether the Lockharts of Lee, sir William Borthwick, sir William de Keith, sir William de St. Clair and his younger brother John Rosslyns older brother Henry I Sinclair, Earl of Orkney, sir Alan Cathcart clan Cathcart and the brothers sir Robert Logan of Restalrig and sir Walter Logan clan.

Sir Kenneth stopped in Sluys, Flanders where they were joined by the knights Templar. Alfonso XI of Castile sought help against the Muslim Moors of the Kingdom of Granada led by Muhammed IV, Sultan of Granada. The knights traveled 2.000 kilometers to Seville and offered their support to Alfonso for his crusade to rid the Iberian Peninsula of non-Christians.

On 25 August 1330 to the South-East of Seville in the saddle high above the river knights came to Teba in Andalusia. There, three thousand Muhammad IVS cavalry made a feigned attack on the Christian. A huge body of his army took a circuitous route to fall, unexpectedly, on the rear of the camp of Alfonso. With the Christian forces otherwise engaged, the Templars faced with overwhelming odds. The Templar knights do not retreat and Sir James gave the order to charge. Sir James Douglas, sir William St Clair, sir John de St. Clair, sir Robert and sir Walter Logan were killed in battle.

Sir Kenneth survived to oversee preparations for transport home of the fallen Templar. This includes cleaning clean from the bones. He returned to the Scottish knights and their families. For his exceptional bravery and, perhaps, faced with overwhelming odds, sir Kenneth was named moir. Sir Simon Locard for the return to the heart of the Bruce Melrose Abbey was named Lockhart.

A few Scottish, mostly Edinburgh based - individuals-name was issued by the weapons common to all three severed heads of the Moors dripping blood. This common heraldic device indicates, despite the lack of established lineage, the recognition of the moir family tradition of the crusaders.

The spellings of the name of moir have more Moire and de La more. The names of Moore, of Moore and Mooers are connected.