The Murraray family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. It is a name for someone 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 Murraray family
The surname Murraray 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
. 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
. He was mortally wounded in the fighting at the Battle of Stirling
Early History of the Murraray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murraray research.Another 640 words (46 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1170, 1100, 1255, 1297, 1320, 1333, 1360, 1629, 1703, 1446, 1586, 1598, 1598, 1715, 1745, 1765, 1608, 1673, 1660, 1724, 1600, 1655, 1631, 1703, 1640, 1650, 1716, 1691, 1701, 1663, 1719, 1710, 1715, 1663, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Murraray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Murraray Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, Murraray has been spelled Murray, Murrey, Moray, Morey, Morrey, Morry, Murry and many more.
Early Notables of the Murraray 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
(1660-1724) was a Scottish nobleman, Knight of the Thistle, politician, and soldier; William Murray, 1st Earl of Dysart... Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murraray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Murraray family to Ireland
Some of the Murraray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Murraray family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Murraray: Andrew, Anne, Archibald, Bernard, Catherine, Charles, Daniel, Denis, Edward, George, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Martin, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Robert, Thomas and William Murray who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870. In Newfoundland, James Murray was in possession of property and was a fisherman of St. John's in 1784.
The Murraray 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.