Earls of Tullibardine (1606)


1st Earl of Tullibardine, John Murray, b.?, a.1606, d.1609


The influential family of Murray of Tullibardine in Perthshire were descended from the de Moravia Clan that had become earls of Sutherland. They had assumed the chieftaincy of Clan Murray when Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland had married into the Gordons of Huntly. John Murray was the son of Sir William Murray of Tullibardine (b.?, d.1582-1583) and Lady Agnes Graham, daughter of William Graham, 2nd Earl of Montrose, and was raised alongside James VI and was Master of the King’s Household from 1578 to 1592, when he was made a Privy Counsellor. In 1604 he was created 1st Lord Murray of Tullibardine, and in 1606 was created 1st Earl of Tullibardine and 1st Lord Murray, Gask and Balquidder.


2nd Earl of Tullibardine, William Murray, b.1574, a.1609, d.1626


Son of the 1st Earl and Catherine Drummond (b.1552, d.?), daughter of David Drummond , 2nd Lord Drummond (for whom see the earls of Perth). He married Lady Dorothea Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, 5th Earl of Atholl. When the 5th Earl of Atholl died with no heir-male, the family having produced many more daughters than sons over the years, Murray petitioned King Charles I for the earldom of Atholl. His petition was granted, and so he resigned the earldom of Tullibardine to his younger brother. Unfortunately, he died before the official conferment for Atholl, and his son John Murray was invested in his place.



Earls of Tullibardine (1627-1628)


1st Earl of Tullibardine, Patrick Murray, b.1578, a.1627-1628, d.1644


Younger brother of the 2nd Earl. Although the earldom was re-granted, precedence attached from the date of the original granting in 1606.


2nd Earl of Tullibardine, James Murray, b.1617, a.1644, d.1669-1670


Son of the 1st Earl and Elizabeth Dent (b.1591, d.c.1655-1656). He served in the Perthshire Regiment of Foot, reaching the rank of Colonel, and fought during the Civil Wars on the Royalist side. After the Restoration he was made a Privy Counsellor and in 1663 he was made Lord Justice General for Scotland. He had no sons and the earldom was inherited by his cousin John Murray, 2nd Earl of Atholl.


3rd Earl of Tullibardine, John Murray, b.1631, a.1669-1670, d.1703


Grandson of William Murray, 2nd Earl of Tullibardine, and son of John Murray, 1st Earl of Atholl. He had already succeeded to the earldom of Atholl in 1642.



For a continuation of this line, please consult the Atholl page.


(Last updated: 07/12/2010)


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