Earls of Dunmore (1686)


1st Earl of Dunmore, Charles Murray, b.1661, a.1686, d.1710


Charles Murray was the youngest son of John Murray, 1st Marquess of Atholl. He reached the rank of Colonel in the Scots Greys in 1685 and was created 1st Earl of Dunmore the following year, as well as 1st Lord Murray of Blair, Moulin and Tillemot and 1st Viscount Fincastle. After the Revolution, he was suspected of being a Jacobite, deprived of his offices and committed to prison periodically. When Queen Anne came to the throne he was created a Privy Counsellor, and he supported the Act of Union.


2nd Earl of Dunmore, John Murray, b.1685, a.1710, d.1752


Son of the 1st Earl and Catherine Watts (b.?, d.c.1711). He joined the army and saw considerable action across Europe, and was Colonel of the 3rd Foot in 1713.  In 1743 he fought a Dettingen as a Lieutenant-General and in 1745 was made a full General. He also served a period as Lord of the Bedchamber to George II and was a Representative Peer from 1727 to 1752.


3rd Earl of Dunmore, William Murray, b.1696, a.1752, d.1756


Younger brother of the 2nd Earl. He was found guilty of treason as a Jacobite in 1746 but pardoned by King George II.


4th Earl of Dunmore, John Murray, b.1730, a.1756, d.1809


Son of the 3rd Earl and the Honorable Catherine Murray, daughter of William Murray, 2nd Baron Nairne (another son of the Marquess of Atholl). As well as acting as a Representative Peer from 1761 to 1784, he also served as Governor of New York and then Virginia prior to the American Revolution, and in 1787 as Governor of the Bahamas.


5th Earl of Dunmore, George Murray, b.1762, a.1809, d.1836


Son of the 4th Earl and Lady Charlotte Stewart (b.?, d.1818), daughter of Sir Alexander Stewart, 6th Earl of Galloway. In addition to his existing titles, he was also made 1st Baron Dunmore in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which gave him an automatic seat in the House of Lords.


6th Earl of Dunmore, Alexander Edward Murray, b.1804, a.1836, d.1845


Son of the 5th Earl and Lady Susan Hamilton (b.1774, d.1846), daughter of Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton. He gained the rank of Captain in the 9th Lancers, and was later Grand Master of the Masonic Order in Scotland. He gave this up on receiving the earldom.


7th Earl of Dunmore, Charles Adolphus Murray, b.1841, a.1845, d.1907


Son of the 6th Earl and Lady Catherine Herbert (b.?, d.1886), daughter of George Augustus Herbert, 11th Earl of Pembroke. He gained the rank of Captain in the Scots Fusiliers before joining the government as Lord-in-Waiting from 1874 to 1880. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Stirlingshire in 1875.


8th Earl of Dunmore, Alexander Edward Murray, b.1871, a.1907, d.1962


Son of the 7th Earl and Lady Gertrude Coke (b.1847, d.1943), daughter of Sir Thomas William Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester. A career soldier, he first reached the rank of Lieutenant in the 16th Lancers and served in Sudan and India, receiving the Victoria Cross for courage under enemy fire. He then fought in the Boer War, commanding the 31st Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, a cavalry regiment he raised himself. Further awards for bravery include Member of the Royal Victorian Order and Distinguished Service Order. He continued earning bravery awards during the Boer War and the First World War, and retired from active service as a Major. He later served as a Lord-in-Waiting and as Deputy-Lieutenant of Inverness-shire.


9th Earl of Dunmore, John Alexander Murray, b.1939, a.1962, d.1980


Grandson of the 8th Earl and Dorothea Kemble (b.?, d.1966), and son of Edward David Murray (b.1908, d.1940, killed in action) and the Honorable Pamela Kate Hermon-Hodge (b.1908, d.1978). He served in the Cameronians and reached the rank of Lieutenant before entering the business world. On his death, the UK Barony became extinct.


10th Earl of Dunmore, Reginald Arthur Murray, b.1911, a.1980, d.1981


When the 9th Earl died, there were no close male relatives available to succeed, many of the military Murray family being killed in action during various conflicts. The nearest mail relative was a descendant of Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Murray (b.1764, d.1842), a younger brother of the 5th Earl. He married Deborah Hunt (b.?, d.1870). Their son Virginius Murray (b.1817, d.1861) married Elizabeth Alicia Poitiers (b.?, d.1877). Their son Reginald Augustus Frederick Murray (b.1846, d.1925) married Jane Louisa Otway Ford (b.?, d.1887). Their son Arthur Charles Murray (b.1882, d.1981) married Susan Maud Richards (b.?, d.1922), and two of their sons became earl in turn. He lived in Australia and had two daughters.


11th Earl of Dunmore, Kenneth Randolph Murray, b.1913, a.1981, d.1995


Younger brother of the 10th Earl, and at the time a village postmaster in Tasmania, Australia.


12th Earl of Dunmore, Malcolm Kenneth Murray, b.1946, a.1995


Son of the 11th Earl and Margaret Joy Cousins. As well as being the 12th Earl, he is also 12th Lord Murray of Blair, Moulin and Tillemot, and 12th Viscount Fincastle. He also lives in Australia.



The courtesy title for the heir is Viscount Fincastle.