Muirhead travelled in Europe shortly before the French Revolution, and subsequently wrote on both French and Italian topics. He contributed to the Monthly Review and Edinburgh Review. He was librarian of Glasgow University in the period 1795 to 1823.
Muirhead became Keeper of the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. William Hunter had intended his collection to go to Glasgow, when he died in 1783. It was Muirhead who in 1807 went to London to see to the move of the temporary display, to Glasgow University.
- University of Glasgow, Special Collections, Lockhart Muirhead
- David N. Livingstone; Charles W. J. Withers (15 July 2011). Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science. University of Chicago Press. pp. 329–30. ISBN 978-0-226-48726-7. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
- Hills, Richard L. "Muirhead, James Patrick". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19507. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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