The story of the Murrary family begins in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish clans. The Murrary 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 Murrary family
The surname Murrary 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 Murrary family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murrary 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 Murrary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Murrary Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Murrary has appeared Murray, Murrey, Moray, Morey, Morrey, Morry, Murry and many more.
Early Notables of the Murrary 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 Murrary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Murrary family to Ireland
Some of the Murrary 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 Murrary family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Murrary name: 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 Murrary 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.