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Murray, Stewart- family, Dukes of Atholl

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Date: 1180-2000
History:

The Murray family was settled at Tullibardine (Perthshire) in the 13th century and extended its Perthshire estates in the later middle ages, acquiring property at Easter Gask, Polgour and elsewhere. John Murray (d. 1613), created Earl of Tullibardine in 1606, was granted Balquhidder (Perthshire) in 1587. The 2nd Earl (d. 1627), married a daughter and co-heir of John Stewart, 5th Earl of Atholl (d. 1595). Their son John Murray (d. 1642) was created Earl of Atholl in 1629 and secured a royal grant of the Perthshire estates of the earldom of Atholl, centred on Blair Atholl and Dunkeld, the Balvenie (Banffshire) property of the 5th Earl of Atholl having been sold in 1610. The earldom and estates of Tullibardine, however, were settled on a brother of the 2nd Earl of Tullibardine. They were subsequently inherited on the 4th Earl’s death in 1670 by his cousin John Murray, 2nd Earl of Atholl (d. 1703), created Marquess of Atholl in 1676, whose son the second Marquess (d. 1724) was promoted Duke of Atholl in 1703.

The 2nd Duke inherited the 10th Earl of Derby’s estates in the Isle of Man, together with the sovereignty of the island and the barony of Strange (see Stanley, Earls of Derby). On his death in 1764 he was succeeded as 3rd Duke by his nephew John Murray (d. 1774), the son of the Jacobite Lord George Murray (d. 1760), who owned property at Glencarse and Strowan (Perthshire). In 1765 the 3rd Duke alienated the sovereignty of Man to the Crown, investing the proceeds in further Perthshire property. The remaining Isle of Man possessions were sold by his son the 4th Duke (d. 1830) shortly before his death. The Tullibardine estate was exchanged by the 4th Duke for Balnaguard, a property of the Drummond of Strathallan family near Dunkeld. The 7th Duke, who succeeded in 1864, adopted the surname Stewart-Murray. Lord William Murray (d. 1726), younger son of the 1st Marquess, was granted the Jacobite title of Earl of Nairn and Viscount Stanley, having acquired Mukkersy (Perthshire) by marriage with the Nairn family. His son and heir John, Lord Nairn, was attainted in 1746. General Lord John Murray (1711-87), a younger son of the first Duke, acquired the Banner Cross (Derbyshire) estate through marriage. His daughter and heir married Lt-General William Foxlowe (d. 1818), who took the surname Murray. From him the estate passed to his sister, who had married William Bagshawe in 1798, and thence to their descendants.

Estates in 1883: Perthshire 201,640 acres worth £42,030 a year.

Places:
  • Balnaguard, Perthshire
  • Banner Cross, Derbyshire
  • Blair Atholl, Perthshire
  • Blairington, Perthshire
  • Dunkeld, Perthshire
  • Glencarse, Perthshire
  • Mukkersy, Perthshire
  • Strowan, Perthshire
  • Tullibardine, Perthshire
  • Westminster, Middlesex
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections L-Z, 1999.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F86387 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F8470 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
c1180-20th cent: Perthshire (Blair Atholl, Dunkeld, etc) writs, legal and financial papers, rentals, accounts, estate, mining, forestry and fisheries corresp and papers and Murray and Stewart-Murray family, military and political papers c1180-20th cent, with Banner Cross (Derbys) estate papers late 18th-mid 19th cent, London house building papers 1769-73 and papers rel to the Robertson family of Lude 18th-19th cent, etc
Blair Castle
NRA 11000 Stewart-Murray

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71a]
2
1818-1868: Perthshire (Blair Atholl, etc) estate accounts and letterbooks 1818-68 and report 1844-48
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections
NRA 29083

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71b]
3
1845-1846: Perthshire (Blair Atholl, etc) estate accounts and report
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71c]
4
1803-1867: Dunkeld (Perthshire) bridge building journal 1803-06, with accounts of bridge income and expenditure 1808-67
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71d]
5
16th cent-19th cent: Isle of Man estate accounts and papers 18th-19th cent and Murray family, legal and financial papers 16th-19th cent, incl corresp and papers of the 4th Duke of Atholl (d 1830), St James's Square (Westminster) inventory and valuation 1831, etc
Manx National Heritage Library & Archives
NRA 41467 Stewart-Murray

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71k]
6
18th cent-19th cent: Isle of Man estate and Murray family papers
Manx National Heritage Library & Archives
NRA 42063 Castle Rushen
7
18th cent-19th cent: Isle of Man estate papers
Manx National Heritage Library & Archives
NRA 41368 Manx
8
1691-1746: misc Murray family corresp 1691-98 and corresp rel to the rising of 1745-46
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71e]
9
1830: Murray family trust papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to National Register of Archives for Scotland
NRA 9954 Adam
10
1817-1853: Murray family trust papers (5th Duke of Atholl)
Collection held privately: enquiries to National Register of Archives for Scotland
NRA 10979 Hamilton

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [30a]
11
1685-1821: Murray family, legal and factory papers
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections
12
1709-1782: legal papers of the 1st Duke of Atholl (d 1724) 1709-19 and Atholl peerage papers 1761-82
Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71f]
13
c1745-1746: corresp of the 2nd Duke of Atholl (d 1764) rel to the Jacobite rising
Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71g]
14
c1900-1918: military corresp and papers of the 8th Duke of Atholl (1871-1942), with regimental records of the Scottish Horse
Community Archive (Dunkeld Cathedral Chapter House Archives)
NRA 23009

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71h]
15
c1917-1958: Scottish National War Memorial and Museum corresp and papers of the 8th Duke and Duchess of Atholl
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71i]
16
c1928-1935: Indian self-government papers of the 8th Duchess of Atholl (1874-1960)
British Library: Asian and African Studies
NRA 27472

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71j]
17
c1900-1960: corresp and papers of the 8th Duchess of Atholl (1874-1960)
Collection held privately: enquiries to National Register of Archives for Scotland
NRA 19071

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [71a]

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