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Murray in Craigend

Old Drochil

James MURRAY tenant in Craigend

Drochil Castle in ruins
Drochil Castle in ruins

James MURRAY was born 03 January 1781, at Whiteside in the Newlands Parish.  He was the son of James MURRAY and Elizabeth GIBSON.  James MURRAY lived for a time at Drochil Castle (shown at right in ruinds) and was commonly referred to as "Old Drochil" although it is assumed he preferred the title Esquire of Craigend.

James MURRAY married on 03 November 1814, Marion TWEEDIE, eldest daughter of Alexander TWEEDIE and Ann WELSH.  Marion was born about 1792 and died 06 January 1818.

In 1819, James MURRAY obtained a commission as Cornet in the Peeblesshire Yeomanry Cavalry from Alexander MURRAY, Lord Elibank, then Lord Lieutenant of the county, and in 1826 James was promoted by the Earl of Wemyss to be a lieutenant in place of Lieutenant John Hay who had resigned.

Children of James MURRAY and Marion TWEEDIE:

i.  James MURRAY was born 18 October 1815 at Drochil Castle in the Newlands Parish of Peeblesshire.

ii.  Alexander MURRAY was born about 04 December 1817 at Drochil Castle.

James married secondly on 19 August 1840, Margaret ANDERSON, daughter of Adam ANDERSON, a residenter in Edinburgh.  Margaret was born about 1797 and died 18 June 1872.  James MURRAY ("Old Drochil") obtained Callands from John AITKEN in 1840.  James "Old Drochil" MURRAY died 14 August 1867.  We know of no children born to the union of James MURRAY and Margaret ANDERSON.