quoted the following account by Sir George MacKenzie [1636-1691]; which
tells the story of how John Muirhead was given the
name John Stark by a grateful King James IV of Scotland:
Beareth azur, a chevron, argent, between 3 acorns in chief, Or, and bull’s
head erased of ye 2nd in base. Those of ye name are descended of
one John Muirhead, 2nd son of ye Lord of Lachop, who at hunting in ye
forest of Cumbernauld, one day seeing King James ye 4th in Hazard
of his life by a bull hotly pursued by ye hounds stept in between
ye King and ye bull, and gripping ye bull by ye horns and by his great
strength almost tore ye head from him, for which he was called
Stark and his posteritie after him and bears ye rugged bull’s head in
their arms. Ye old sword of ye family has on it “Starks, alias
same description of the Coat of Arms can be found in the above mentioned
publication by Alexander Nusbet Gent:
name of Stark with us has its rise from just such another Action, as that
of Turnbull’s, but later; by saving King James the IV from a Bull
in the Forest of Cumbernauld, by one of the name of Muirhead who for his
Strength was called Stark; and to show his descent from Muirhead,
he carries the armorial Figures of Muirhead, with it’s Bull’s Head,
viz. Azure, a Cheveron between 3 Acorns in Chief, Or, for Muirhead,
with a Bull’s Head erazed in Base of the 2nd. The same is
carried by John Stark of Killermont; and for Crest a Bull’s Head
erased, Argent; distilling Drops of Blood, proper. Motto:
Fortiorum, fortia, facta.”
A System of Heraldry Speculative and Practical with the True Art of
Blazon, by Alexander Nisbet Gent, Edinburgh, 1722, printed for J.
Harris and Jorgenson publication has a lengthy discussion on the
possibility that Archibald and James Stark were descendants of John Stark
of Killermont. If the Sir George McKenzie story is true, then these Stark
families would be descendants of John Muirhead, alias John Stark and have
the right of claim to this Coat of Arms.
Myths, Mistakes, and Misconceptions
the course of researching the family of Aaron Stark, many common myths,
mistakes, and misconceptions were discovered which
have become part of the past and present genealogy. Chapter 3 will
discuss these genealogical departures from what is
true, right, or proper and suggest alternative interpretations.
myths about the origins and parentage of Aaron can be found in the Church
of Latter-day Saints of Jesus Christ Ancestral File
entitled “Aaron Stark (AFN FS8H-PL).” This source is cited on most of
the Rootsweb.com WorldConnect Project genealogy
files presented on these web sites; intended to support their presentation
that Aaron Stark [1608-1685] was the son of Aaron Stark and Mary Holt and was born in New London County, Connecticut in 1608.
Charles R. Stark publication had several mistakes in the genealogical
order which will be corrected – the reasoning for the
corrections discussed in the “MMM” Chapter. Some researchers have
mistakenly reported Aaron Stark married Mary Holt
and they had a child; a mistake easily made when reviewing Aaron Stark’s
appearance before the Particular Court of Connecticut
in 1639. However, the “MMM” Chapter will suggest this marriage and
the birth of a child did not occur.
more on the "MMM" article, click HERE]
are a number of people to whom I owe a great deal. Those who contributed
important genealogical and historical information were Gwen Boyer
Bjorkman, Pauline Stark Moore, Donn Neal, Carolyn Smith, and many others;
all of whom shared their own interpretations of these families with me.
They deserve a goodly share of credit for what is to be presented. This
publication would not have been possible without the generous
contributions of their extensive research.
is no greater favor a writer can ask of a friend than to be an objective
and critical reader. Donn Neal has been such a friend;
incisive, patient, and devoted to bringing out the best values of this
manuscript. His editorial assistance was invaluable and
I cannot thank him enough for his contribution.
you kept me from going Start raving mad – and now let us Stark
telling Aaron’s story!:<)