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Murray Acquires Stanhope

1645 Crown Charter

Sir David Murray

Sir David MURRAY, son of  John MURRAY and Jonet HOWIESON, married Lilias FLEMING, daughter of John FLEMING of Wigton and his wife Lilias GRAHAM

"David Murray took up his residents at Stanhope, and was knighted by King Charles I about 1634.  He sold Halmyre to Wilkin JOHNSTON, merchant burgess of Edinburgh and Sir David MURRAY also disposed of the land of Fruid to John, Lord HAY of Yester; but to Stanhope he added the barony of Broughton, which he acquired in 1634 and 1636, and half of Whitslade and parts of Glenholm in 1634, along with other lands in the neighbourhood, which are set forth in a Crown charter to him and his eldest surviving son William on 17th March, 1645, by which charter they were united into the free barony of Stanhope-Murray, with the mansion of Stanhope as the principal messuage." (From A HISTORY OF PEEBLESSHIRE, by James Walter Buchan, c1925-7 vol. 3. pg 446)

Sir David MURRAY's sympathies were with the Royalists, and he joined Montrose in his fight for the King.  He was M.P. for Peeblesshire 1639-41 and 1644-45.  Sir David MURRAY died about 1653.

Children of Sir David MURRAY and Lilias FLEMING:

i.  John MURRAY died unmarried before 12 Dec 1645.

ii.  Sir William MURRAY, who succeeded to Stanhope.

iii.  John MURRAY who married Jean BAILLIE, daughter of James BAILLIE of St. John's Kirk.  John died about June of 1674.  Jean then married William BURNETT of Barnes.

Child of John MURRAY and Jean BAILLIE:


iv.  Margaret MURRAY.

v.  Jean MURRAY who married John PORTEOUS on 25 Jan 1670.

vi.  Isabella MURRAY who married Christopher BAILLIE.

vii.  Janet MURRAY.

viii.  Rachel (sometimes found in records as Margaret?) MURRAY.  She married Captain James SCOTT on 01 Apr 1666.

ix.  Lilias MURRAY who married William SMITH, merchant burgess in Edinburgh.