Show ContentsMurie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Murie family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Murie family 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 Murie family

The surname Murie 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.

Early History of the Murie family

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Murie Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Murie include Murray, Murrey, Moray, Morey, Morrey, Morry, Murry, MacMhuirich (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the Murie family

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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Ireland Migration of the Murie family to Ireland

Some of the Murie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Murie migration to the United States +

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Murie:

Murie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dinah Murie, aged 33, who settled in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1907
  • Johnson Murie, aged 34, who landed in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1907
  • Archibald Murie, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1909
  • Archibald Murie, aged 22, who landed in America from Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1910
  • Andrew Murie, aged 44, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1921
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Canada Murie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Murie Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Andrew Scott Murie, aged 6, who settled in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, in 1919
  • Florence Helena Murie, aged 39, who settled in Victoria, BC., Canada, in 1919
  • May Mathieson Murie, aged 13, who immigrated to Victoria, BC., Canada, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Murie (post 1700) +

  • Adolph Murie (1899-1974), American scientist who studied wolves in their natural habitat
  • Margaret Thomas "Mardy" Murie (1902-2003), American naturalist, author, adventurer, and conservationist, the "Grandmother of the Conservation Movement", recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Olaus Johan Murie (1889-1963), American naturalist, author, and wildlife biologist, the "father of modern elk management"
  • David Murie (b. 1976), Scottish footballer

The Murie Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tout Prêt
Motto Translation: Quite ready. on Facebook