The name Murray originated from the region of Moray in the north-east, in the 11-12th centuries Scottish monarchs began controlling their kingdom more tightly by establishing reliable knights, often Anglo-Norman families, in specific regions giving them absolute power over the local population.David I had installed the Flemish knight Freskin in Linthgowshire. After suppressing the Celtic chiefs of Moray in 1130, David I placed loyal Freskin in control of that area. The Murray families originate from here taking the name of the lands as their surname.Sir Andrewde Moray foughtwithWilliam Wallace’s rebellion of 1297.The Murrays of Tullibardine descend from Malcolm de Moray whose son, Sir John, married the daughter of the Seneschal of Strathearn bringing them the lands of Abercairney around 1320. Another marriage by the family into the old Celtic aristocracy of Perthshire by Sir William brought further lands around Tullibardine.Sir David Murray founded a Collegiate Church at Tullibardine in 1445 - this remains unaltered.James VI granted lands around Scone to David Murray making him Lord Scone in 1605 and Viscount Stormont in 1621.The Earldom of Atholl passed to John Murray of Tullibardine through female decent in 1629. In 1703 Queen Anne raised the title to Duke. The chief of the Murray Clan is the present Duke of Atholl.
Lord George Murray was Bonnie Prince Charlie’s brilliant general during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.
Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Murray not only is the current Chief of Clan Murray but Commands the only private legal army in Europe, The AthollHighlanders. The Clan seat is the splendid Blair Castle in Perthshire.