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,
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
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)