Elizabeth Mitchell Muirhead

22nd Oct 1812 - 8th Nov 1867

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Elizabeth Mitchell Muirhead, born 22/10/1812 and baptised 28/04/1814 in Kingston, Jamaica, daughter of Sarah Ivy Board, "free mulatto", and Robert Boyes Muirhead. With her four half-siblings, she inherited a share in her mother's estate.

  2. The will of Robert Boyes Muirhead gives his case for his common-law marriage to Sarah Ivy Board and describes a scene where he acknowledged her as his wife before witnesses in Edinburgh at some point during or before 1828.

  3. Of Scotland in 1834. George Armstrong, commission agent, lately residing No. 5 Annandale Street, and Elizabeth Mitchell Muirhead, residing No 32 Dublin Street, daughter of the late Robert Byes Muirhead, residenter in Glasgow, have three times proclaimed in order to marriage in the parish church of St Mary's [Edinburgh], and no objections have been offered, 10/09/1837.

  4. Living at 6 Mansfield Place, St Mary's Parish, Edinburgh, at the baptism of her son James Muirhead Armstrong 11/02/1847.

  5. Eliza Mitchell Armstrong, married to George Armstrong, soft[?] goods merchant, died 08/11/1867 at 5 Melrose Street, Glasgow, age 51. Parents Robert Boyes Muirhead, receiver-general, Jamaica (deceased) and Sarah Ivy Muirhead, MS Board (deceased). Informant J. Muirhead Armstrong, son.


  1. Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

  2. Glasgow Sheriff Court Wills, SC36/51/9.

  3. GROS OPR Marriages 685/1 650 282 Edinburgh. Note that Dublin Street has since been renumbered; 32 Dublin Street is now 64 Dublin Street (with a trace of the number 32 still on the tenement) - see email from Ian Andrew Henderson 09/06/2020.

  4. GROS OPR 685/1 590 260 Edinburgh.

  5. GROS Deaths 1867 644/7 783.

We are grateful to Jim Brennan and Ian Andrew Henderson for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Eliz. Mitchell Muirhead
George Armstrong
James Muirhead (1846-)

Associated Claims (1)

£109 2s 7d

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1832 [EA] - → Joint owner

Relationships (6)

Natural Daughter → Mother
Natural Daughter → Father
Half-sister → Half-brother
Half-sister → Half-brother

Addresses (3)

32 (now 64) Dublin Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
5 Melrose Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland
6 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland