The name Murray comes from the region
of Moray in the north-east.
In the 11-12th centuries Scottish monarchs
began controlling their kingdom more tightly by establishing reliable knights,
often Anglo-Norman families, in specific regions giving them absolute power
over the local population.
David I had installed the Flemish
knight Freskin in Linthgowshire. After suppressing the Celtic chiefs of Moray
in 1130, David I placed loyal Freskin in control of that area. The Murray
families originate from here taking the name of the lands as their
Sir Andrew Murray fought in William
Wallace's rebellion of 1297.
The Murrays of Tullibardine descend
from Malcolm de Moray whose son, Sir John, married the daughter of the Seneschal
of Strathearn bringing them the lands of Abercairney (east of
Crieff) around 1320. Another marriage by the
family into the old Celtic aristocracy of Perthshire by Sir William
brought further lands around Tullibardine and their place in Perthshire
Why not take a short break of vacation
in 'Murray country'!
Sir David Murray founded a Collegiate
Church at Tullibardine in 1445 - this remains unaltered.
In 1528 Doune
Castle (confiscated in 1424) was given back to the descendant of
Duke of Albany and from him to the earls of Moray who still own this
James VI granted lands around Scone
to David Murray making him Lord Scone in 1605 and Viscount Stormont in 1621.
Earldom of Atholl passed to John Murray of Tullibardine through female decent
in 1629. In 1703 Queen Anne raised the title to Duke. The chief of the Murray
Clan is present the Duke of Atholl.
Lord George Murray was Bonnie Prince
Charlie's brilliant general during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.
William Murray, son of the 5th Viscount
Stormont became Lord Mansfield in 1756 and 1st Earl of Mansfield in