Murrays in Midlothian
Walter Murray Iron Turner
Walter MURRAY was born on 19 October 1859 at 18/20 Island Street in Galashiels. He was a son of James K. MURRAY and Elizabeth LESLIE. Walter lived in the Edinburgh area and worked with the railways as an Engine Fitter and Iron Turner (lathe operator).
On 22 October 1879, Walter married Margaret FOWLER at 57 Prince Albert Building in Edinburgh. Margaret was born about 1857 in Biggar, Lanarkshire and was the daughter of William FOWLER and Margaret BORTHWICK. Just before their marriage, Margaret was working as a Railway Waiting Room Attendant.
Walter was a member of the Scottish Volunteers which were established to protect the Isle of Great Britain while the regular forces were scattered throughout the Empire. A pageant, including a review by Queen Victoria, was scheduled in Edinburgh with the purpose of focusing attention on the volunteers' woeful lack of equipment and resources. On 25 August 1881, Walter MURRAY joined about 40,000 volunteer soldiers who stood and marched in an unbelievably drenching downpour. Walter and the others spent the long day absolutely soaked to the bone marching in field-turned-bog past the saluting Queen. Many eventual volunteer deaths were attributed to this event which history records as THE WET REVIEW. Walter, no doubt, described it in more colourful terms.
In his later working years, Walter worked at the City Hospital in Edinburgh. In the 1930's, he visited his brothers James, William, and Allan, in California.
Margaret Fowler MURRAY died on 24 June 1885 at 5 Raes Building, in the Canongate District of Edinburgh.
Children of Walter MURRAY and Margaret FOWLER:
i. William MURRAY, who was born on 17 June 1881 on Holyrood Square in Edinburgh. William died on 18 March 1897 at 24 Salisbury Street, Edinburgh.
ii. Walter MURRAY, who was born on 27 August 1882 in the Newington District of Edinburgh.
On 23 November 1888, Walter married Margaret (Peggy) SCOUGALL in Peebles at 24 Cross Street. She was born 12 March 1857 in Easter Dawyck and was the daughter of George SCOUGALL and Helen BORTHWICK.
Peggy Scougall MURRAY died at 249 Morningside Road in Edinburgh in December of 1936. Walter MURRAY died on 02 March 1952 also at 249 Morningside Road.
Children of Walter MURRAY and Margaret SCOUGALL:
iii. Agnes Scougall MURRAY, who was born on 06 July 1890 at 9 Prospect Street, Edinburgh.
iv. Elizabeth MURRAY, who was born on 03 May 1892 at 9 Prospect Street, Edinburgh.
v. Margaret Scougall MURRAY, who was born on 27 May 1894 at 24 Salisbury Street, Edinburgh.