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Murray of Stanhope

2nd Baronet

Sir David MURRAY of Stanhope

Murray of Stanhope Coat of Arms
Murray of Stanhope Coat of Arms

Sir David MURRAY, son of Sir William MURRAY and Janet JOHNSTONE, was born about 1659.  He married first, Lady Anne BRUCE on 16 Apr 1684 in Edinburgh. She was the daughter of Alexander BRUCE. Sir David married secondly Margaret SCOTT in 1714. She was the daughter of Sir John SCOTT.  Margaret Scott MURRAY died about 05 Sep 1761.  Sir David MURRAY was the Member of Parliament for Peeblesshire in 1681-1682 and 1689.  Sir David died 14 Feb 1729 at his lodging in the Canongate parish of Edinburgh.

Sir David Murray of Stanhope, the second Baronet, in 1679, on his father's resignation, received a Crown charter of the barony of Stanhope, including Langlawhill and half of the Kirklands of Broughtonshiels, and on 16th April, 1684 married Anna Bruce, second daughter of Alexander (Earl of Kincardine) Bruce. In his marriage contract his father disponed to him the barony of Broughton and a considerable number of other lands in the parishes of Broughton, Drumelzier, and Tweedsmuir, and also the lands and barony of Stobo. He had also the lands of Ardnamurchan in Argyll, which he purchased in 1726. He married as his second wife, in 1714, Margaret Scott, daughter of Sir John Scott of Ancrum and widow of Thomas Scott of Whitslade. By his first lady he had five sons and three daughters, and by his second four sons and three daughters. (From A HISTORY OF PEEBLESSHIRE by James Walter Buchan, c1925-7 Vol 3. pg 448.)

Sir David MURRAY was described as a person of great worth and honor.  He was active in Jacobite activities of the '15 (1715) and barely survived his involvement.  He remained loyal to the Stuarts, promising to draw his sword whenever needed.  However, after 1715, he did not conspire against the government.  "When I got my life after the last affair (the '15) I entered into engagements that will not allow me to be active in contriving or carrying on measures against the government, tho' when there's a push to be made I'll venture all with the first." (From: MURRAY MEMORIALS, by Robert Fitzroy Bell, 1898)

Children of Sir David MURRAY and Lady Anne BRUCE:

i. Anne MURRAY who married David NAIRN only son of John NAIRN, merchant in Edinburgh.

ii. William MURRAY who died in infancy.

iii. Alexander MURRAY, b. about 1687, Succeeded to Stanhope.

iv. James MURRAY who died unmarried in 1720

v. David MURRAY, Wine Merchant in Leith.

vi. Charles MURRAY, d. 04 Jul 1770.

vii. Janet MURRAY who married Lord Charles KERR, of Cramond, Director of the Chancery.

viii. Veronica MURRAY who married Robert HUNTER of Polmood 05 Sep 1721 in the Drumelzier Parish of Peeblesshire.

Children of Sir David MURRAY and Margaret SCOTT:

ix. William MURRAY who died young.

x. Sir John MURRAY, b. about 1715, Secretary to Prince Charles Edward.

xi. Patrick MURRAY, was an ensign in the 3rd Guards, and aide-de-camp to the Earl of Dunmore, was killed at the battle of Fontenoy 30 Apr 1745. He was unmarried.

xii. James MURRAY who died young.

xiii. Margaret MURRAY was born about 1715, and died 03 Jul 1790. She married Thomas HAY, Lord Huntingdon 12 Jun 1730 in Canongate.  He was the son of Alexander HAY and Mary GORDON. Thomas was born about 1703 in Haddington, East Lothian, and died 04 Feb 1755. Thomas' heir was his nephew David MURRAY. Thomas HAY's brother succeeded Sir John Murray, of Broughton, as secretary to Prince Charles

Children of Margaret MURRAY and Thomas HAY:

i. Alexander HAY, born about 15 Apr 1731 in Edinburgh.

ii. David HAY, born about 02 Feb 1744 in Edinburgh.

xiv. Henrietta MURRAY who died young and unmarried.

xv. Christian MURRAY who died young and unmarried.