Moorey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The tale of the name Moorey begins with a family who lived in the county of Moray in the northeast of Scotland, but some historians describe the Clan's forbears as originally Flemish, some as Lowland Scots. More enlightened research places them as descendents of MacAngus de Moravia, who was descended from King Duncan of Scotland and who was the first Earl of Murray.
Early Origins of the Moorey family
The surname Moorey was first found in Moray, where the Clan founder, Freskin, received a grant of the lands of Strathbrock in 1100 AD. He was descended from the first Earl, and his grandson, William, married the heiress of the Bothwell Clan in Lanarkshire. His sons founded many other houses, including the Murrays of Tullibardine, who later became the Dukes of Atholl, and Chiefs of the Clan.
At the same time, an early branch in the north had given origin to the Earls of Sutherland. Andrew Moray (died 1297) also known as Andrew de Moray, Andrew of Moray, or Andrew Murray, was prominent in the Scottish Wars of Independence.
He led the rising in north Scotland in the summer of 1297 against the occupation by King Edward I of England. He was mortally wounded in the fighting at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
Important Dates for the Moorey family
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Moorey Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Moorey has been spelled Murray, Murrey, Moray, Morey, Morrey, Morry, Murry, MacMhuirich (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Moorey family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Robert Moray (Murrey, Murray) (1608-1673), a Scottish soldier, statesman, diplomat, judge, spy, freemason and natural philosopher; John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl, KT, PC (1660-1724) was a Scottish nobleman, Knight of the Thistle, politician, and soldier; William Murray, 1st Earl of Dysart (c. 1600-1655), the childhood whipping boy of Charles I of England and later an...
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Migration of the Moorey family to Ireland
Some of the Moorey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Moorey migration to the United States
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Moorey:
Moorey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Moorey, aged 56, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1892
Moorey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Arthur Moorey, aged 49, who settled in America from London, in 1900
- Mary Ann Moorey, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1900
- William Moorey, aged 33, who landed in America from London, in 1906
- Emily Moorey, aged 26, who landed in America from Brighton, England, in 1909
- Harriett Moorey, aged 55, who settled in America from Brighton, England, in 1909
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Moorey migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Moorey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Moorey, aged 23, a butcher, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Moorey (post 1700)
- Peter Roger Stuart Moorey FBA, FSA (1937-2004), British archaeologist and historian
- Tony Moorey, English program manager at Absolute Radio