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William Murray

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Tullibardine, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: January 30, 1628 (50-58)
London, England
Place of Burial: Westminster (St. Margaret's Church), London, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Murray, 1st Earl of Tullibardine and Catherine Drummond
Husband of Euphame Littlejohn; Cecilia Wemyss and Dorothea Stewart
Father of Rev. John Murray, M.A., St. Andrews; Jean Murray; James Murray; David Murray; Mary Murray and 1 other
Brother of Lillias Murray; Anne Murray; Capt. Sir John Murray, Kt.; Sir Patrick, Earl of Tullibardine; Sir Mungo, 2nd Viscount Stormont and 10 others

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About William Murray, 2nd Earl of Tullibardine

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JOHN MURRAY (Sir), 1st EARL OF TULLIBARDINE, so created 10 July 1606, as also LORD MURRAY, GASK AND BALQUHIDDER and earlier 25 April 1604 LORD MURRAY OF TULLIBARDINE (all S), PC (S 1592); born c 1550; Master Household c 1578–92, knighted c 1584; married by 15 Nov 1576 Catherine, daughter of 2nd Lord Drummond (see PERTH, E), and died 29 July x 3 Aug 1613, having had, with other issue (see MANSFIELD and MANSFIELD, E):

  • 1a WILLIAM MURRAY, 2nd and last EARL OF TULLIBARDINE, which on the understanding that the King would revive the Earldom of Atholl for his (WILLIAM's) issue by his 2nd wife he resigned 1 April 1626 so that it could be regranted to his brother Patrick (see below), since he wished the Earldoms of Tullibardine and Atholl to descend in two different branches of the MURRAYs (Patrick, however, died before the regrant could take place), PC (S Jan 1616/7 and March 1625/6); born c1574; helped rescue JAMES VI from the attempted abduction by the Earl of Gowrie (qv) and his brother at Perth 1600, hence made hereditary Sheriff Perthshire; married 1st (contract 3 Oct 1599) Cecilia (died without issue ), sister of 1st Earl of Wemyss (see WEMYSS and MARCH, E); married 2nd Sept 1604 Dorothea, eldest daughter and heir of 5th Earl of Atholl of the 1457 created (see MORAY, E), and was buried 30 July 1627, when by the terms of the surrender the Earldom of Tullibardine and the Lordships of Murray and Murray of Tullibardine seem to have been vested in the Crown, having had:
  • 1b JOHN MURRAY, 1st Earl of Atholl (100)(S), so created 17 Feb 1628/9; royalist Civil War; married 6 June 1630 Jean, daughter of Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy (see BREADALBANE AND HOLLAND, E), and died June 1642, having had, with two daughters (died young):
  • 1c JOHN, 2nd Earl; (101) see below
  • 2c Mungo (Sir) of Garth; died unm
  • 1c Jean; died 1688
  • 2c Anne; married her cousin 2nd Earl of Tullibardine (see below) and died without issue
  • 1b Mary; married Sir John Moncreiffe of that Ilk, 1st Bt (see ERROLL, E)
  • 2b Anne; married June 1595 1st Earl of Kinghorne (see STRATHMORE AND KINGHORNE, E)


William, 2nd Earl of Tullibardine son of sir John Murray of Tullibardine, 1st Earl of Tullibardine, was born in 1574 and died before 30th January 1628. He married 1st contract dated 30th Oct 1599, Cecilia, daughter of Sir JohnWemyss of that Ilk who died s.p.

He married 2nd Sept 1604 Lady Dorothea Stewart, eldest daughter and heir of line of the fifth Earl of Athole of the Stewart family, who died in 1595 without male issue.

He eventually, in 1625, petitioned King Charles the First for the earldom of Athole. The king received the petition graciously, and gave his royal word that it should be done. The earl accordingly surrendered the title of Earl of Tullibardine into the king's hands, 1st April 1626, to be conferred on his brother Sir Patrick Murray as a separate dignity, but before the patents could be issued, his lordship died the same year.

His son John, however, obtained in February 1629 the title of Earl of Athole, and thus became the first earl of the Murray branch, and the earldom of Tullibardine was at the same time granted to Sir Patrick. This Earl of Athole was a zealous royalist, and joined the association formed by the Earl of Montrose for the king at Cumbernauld, in January 1641. He died in June 1642.

http://www26.us.archive.org/stream/heraldryofmurray00john#page/20/mode/2up page 20 - No.99

(99) William, second Earl of Tullibardine, born 1574; died before 30th January 1628. The King having agreed to confer the Earldom of Atholl on his issue by his second wife, he, on 1st April 1626, resigned his Earldom of Tullibardine to his brother Patrick (No. 124 below). He married, first, contract dated 30th October 1599, Cecilia, daughter of Sir John Wemyss of that Ilk, who died s.p. He married, second, September 1604, Dorothy Stewart, daughter and heiress of John, Earl of Atholl, and had:

  • 99(a) John (No. 100).

He had also a natural son:

  • 99(b) Rev. John Murray, M.A., St. Andrews, 1611, appointed to Kinkell 1637, and to Trinity-Gask 1639. Died December 1662, aged about seventy - one. He married Catharine Colvill, and had issue:
  • 99(b)(1) John Murray.
  • 99(b)(2) Mungo Murray.
  • 99(b)(3) James Murray.

(Scott's Fasti).

ARMS in Font's MS., c. 1624. 1 and 4. Azure, three mullets argent within a double tressure flory-counter-flory or (Murray). 2 and 3. Or, two chevrons gules (Strathearn). Crest : A mermaid holding a mirror in the dexter hand and a comb in the sinister hand. Supporters : Two lions gules, collared or, charged with three mullets azure. MOTTO: " Tout Prest." [Plate III., fig. 10.]

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William Murray, 2nd Earl of Tullibardine's Timeline

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London, Middlesex, England
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Tullibardine, Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland