NameEarl William MURRAY 2nd Of Tullibardine , M
Birth Date1574
Birth PlaceTullibardine, Perthshire, Scotland
Death DateJul 1627
Death PlaceLondon, Middlesex, England
Burial Date30 Jul 1627
Burial PlaceWestminster, London, England
Burial MemoSt. Margaret’s
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1581
Birth PlaceAtholl, Perthshire, Scotland
Death PlaceTullibardine, Perthshire, Scotland
FatherEarl John STEWART 5th Of Atholl , M (1563-1595)
MotherLady Mary RUTHVEN Of Gowrie , F (~1564-)
Marr DateSep 1604
Marr PlacePerth, Perthshire, Scotland
Marr MemoContract dated 24, 26, 27, and 28 September 1604, by William Couper, minister of Perth, afterwards Bishop of Galloway
ChildrenJohn , M (~1607-1642)
Birth Dateabt 1582
Birth PlaceWemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland
Death Datebef Sep 1604
Death PlaceTullibardine, Perthshire, Scotland
FatherSir John WEMYSS Laird Of Wemyss , M (~1556-<1622)
MotherLady Mary STEWART Of Doune , F (~1564-)
Marr Dateabt Nov 1599
Marr PlaceWemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland
Marr MemoContract dated 30 October 1599
No Children
Notes for Earl William MURRAY 2nd Of Tullibardine
[Earl John, 1st of Tullibardine] married, before 20 December 1576, Catherine, fourth daughter of David, Lord Drummond, by Lilias, daughter of William, second Lord Ruthven,

and had issue:

1. William, styled ‘Master of Murray’ from 25 april 1604 until his father’s elevation to the earldom of Tullibardine, after which he was called Master of Tullibardine and succeeded as second Earl.

2. Captain John, witness to a sasine of his sister, margaret, 23 February 1601. Died before 13 February 1607, otherwise, he should appear in the entail of the earldom.
3. Sir Patrick, of Redcastle, third Earl of Tullibardine.
4. Sir Mungo, of Drumcairn, second viscount of Stormont.
5. Robert, youngest son, witnessed a charter by his father, 23 June 1613, at the Canongate, also a charter by his eldest brother, 18 July 1614. A legatee under the will of his sister, Lady Kinghorn 1618.
6. Anna (‘fayre Mistris Ann Murrey, the Kinges mistris’), married 1595 at linlithgow, to Patrick, Lord Glamis, afterwards first Earl of Kinghorn. she died at Edinburgh, 27 February 1618, testament confirmed 30 November same, having survived her husband. (see title Strathmore.)
7. Lilias, married (contract dated April 1591) to John Grant of Freuchie, and had issue. her will is dated 30 December 1643.
8. Margaret, married to James Haldane of Gleneagles of whose lands of Haldane she was seised in liferent 23 February 1601. She died December 1617, leaving five sons and four daughters, testament-dative confirmed 7 April 1618.
9. Catherine, married to David Ross of Balnogowan (contract dated 1606).
10. Jean, married to sir Patrick Hepburn of Wauchton’ charter granted to her as his future spouse 16 February 1607.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol 1, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 468-70.
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William, second Earl of Tullibardine, born 1574 (his portrait at at Blair inscribed ‘cet. sue 32 anno 1606’), was one of the King’s retinue, and took a prominent part in suppressing ‘the Gowrie Conspiracy,’ 5 Aug 1600. On 27 September following, he was granted the office of hereditary sheriff o Perthshire, which had been held by the Earl of Gowrie.

In 1609, it appears that he was suspected of having connived at the Earl of Atholl’s escape, and was ordered to attend before the Privy Council the following year. On 28 February, he was committed to Edinburgh Castle for uttering ‘of some uncomelie speeches’ against the Laird of Buchanan, but was liberated a few days later, the quarrel being made up, and the same year was granted a commission of Justiciary over the district of Atholl, to which appointment the council made objection. He had a disposition of the earldom of Atholl from James Stewart, Earl thereof, 23 November 1611.

He was one of the Justices of the Peace for Perthshire 1613, and Privy Councillor 9 January 1617. On 30 June, he took the oath as one of the Commissioners appointed for the plantation of the Kirks, and was appointed a member of the new Privy Council on it reconstruction in March 1626. On 1 April 1626, he resigned his earldom of Tullibardine in favour of his brother, Sir Patrick Murray, having, it is said, obtained a promise from the King that the earldom of Atholl should be allowed to his issue by his wife, Lady Dorothy Stewart.

Lord Tullibardine, however, died before 30 January 1628 in London, and was burried in the chapel of Tullibardine,*

and it was not until the following year that the whole plan was carried into effect.

He married


(1) first (contract dated 30 October 1599), Cecilia, eldest daughter of Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss, but had no issue by her;

(2) secondly, in September 1604 (contract dated 24, 26, 27, and 28 September 1604, by William Couper, minister of Perth, afterwards Bishop of Galloway), Dorothy, eldest daughter and heir of John Stewart, Earl of Atholl, and niece of the above-mentioned Earl of Gowrie,

by whom he had issue:

1. John, Earl of Atholl.
2. Mary, married, as second wife, in or before 1635, to Sir John Moncreiffe of Moncreiffe, first Baronet, and died December 1650, leaving issue.

He had natural children, viz.:

Mr. John Murray, minister at Trinity Gask, who obtained letters of legitimation, 19 July 1634, and

Jean Murray, married to Angus M’Intosh of Tereynie (contract dated at Blair, 5 September 1630, to which her ‘brother,’ John Earl of Atholl, was a party, and one of the witnesses was

‘David Murray, brother to the said noble Lord,’ who is described as son to the late Earl of Tullibardine, and servant of John, Earl of Atholl.).

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol 1, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 470-72.
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The earldom of Tullibardine was created 10 July 1606 in the person of Sir john Murray of Tullibardine, ancestor of the duke of Atholl. His son, William, the second Earl, who married the heiress of John, Earl of Atholl, in expectation of succeeding to that earldom, on the death of James, the last (Stewart) Earl of Atholl, initiated, with the consent of his only son, a resignation of his tullibardine titles and estates in favour of his younger brother, sir Patrick Murray.

The terms of the procuratory of resignation are unknown, and the arrangement was not then carried out, the Earl dying soon after. *He was buried, 30 July 1627, at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, as Earl of Tullibardine.

His son and successor, john, presumably thereupn, became third Earl of tullibardine, but it is doubtful if he ever used that title, as we find him styled in his service as heir to John, Earl of Atholl ( who died 1612), merely John Murray, eldest son of the deceased Dorothy Stewart, Countess of Tullibardine.

The retour is dated 6 August 1628, and was ratified by a Great Seal Charter, 17 February 1629, creating him Earl of Atholl, without prejudice to any right he may have had under the aforesaid service.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol Viii, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 410-11.
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William, second Earl of Tullibardine, born 1574; died before 30th January 1628.

The King, having agreed to confer the Earldom of Atholl on his issue by his second wif, he, on 1st April 1626, resigned his Earldom of tullibardine to his brother, Patrick.

(1) He married first, contract dated 30th October 1599, Cecilia, daughter of Sir John Wemyss of that Ilk, who died s.p.

(2) He married second, September 1604, Dorothy Stewart, daughter and heiress of John, Earl of Atholl,

and had:

1. John.


He had also a natural son:

Rev. John Murray, M.A., St. Andrews, 1611, appointed to Kinkell 1637, and to Trinity-Gask 1639. Died December 1662, aged about seventy-one. He married Catherine Colvill, and had issue:
1. John
2. Mungo
3. James

Source: THE HERALDRY OF THE MURRAYS … by G. Harvey Johnston, Edinburgh, 1910, p. 20.
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Notes for Dorothy (Spouse 1)
He [John, 5th of Atholl] married at Perth Parish church, 24 January 1579-80, Mary Ruthven, eldest daughter of William, Earl of Gowrie; she married, secondly (contract dated 31 March 1596) James, sixth Lord Innermeath, created Earl of Atholl,

and had issue:

1. Dorothea, eldest daughter and co-heiress, married to William Murray, Earl of Tullibardine.

2. Margaret, perhaps the eldest, died young.
3. Mary, married first (contract dated 12 September 1603), to James Stewart, second Earl of Atholl, of the line of Innermeath; secondly, to Captain Peter Rollock.
4. Jean, married first (contract dated 5 and 8 December 1603), to Henry, Lord St. Colme; secondly, to Mr. Nicol Bellenden of Standenflat. Her will is recorded at Edinburgh 28 march 1627.
5. Anne, married (contract dated 15 august 1604) to Andrew Stewart, first Lord Castlestewart.

On his death, the earldom, in default of male heirs, reverted to the Crown, and King James VI granted it to John, sixth Lord Innermeath.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol I, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 445-46.
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He [Earl William of Tullibardine] married

(1) first (contract dated 30 October 1599), Cecilia, eldest daughter of Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss, but had no issue by her;

(2) secondly, in September 1604 (contract dated 24, 26, 27, and 28 September 1604, by William Couper, minister of Perth, afterwards Bishop of Galloway), Dorothy, eldest daughter and heir of John Stewart, Earl of Atholl, and niece of the above-mentioned Earl of Gowrie,

by whom he had issue:

1. John, Earl of Atholl.
2. Mary, married, as second wife, in or before 1635, to Sir John Moncreiffe of Moncreiffe, first Baronet, and died December 1650, leaving issue.

He had natural children, viz.:

Mr. John Murray, minister at Trinity Gask, who obtained letters of legitimation, 19 July 1634, and

Jean Murray, married to Angus M’Intosh of Tereynie (contract dated at Blair, 5 September 1630, to which her ‘brother,’ John Earl of Atholl, was a party, and one of the witnesses was

‘David Murray, brother to the said noble Lord,’ who is described as son to the late Earl of Tullibardine, and servant of John, Earl of Atholl.).

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol 1, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 470-72.
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Notes for Cecilia (Spouse 2)
(2) [Sir John] married, secondly (contract dated in August 1581), Mary, daughter of Sir James Stewart of Doune, afterwards first Lord Doune.

By his second wife, Sir John had issue:

1. David Wemyss, the eldest son … married Elizabeth Leslie … of Rothes… died in August 1608, without issue.
2. John, who succeeded his father.

3. Cecilia, married (contract dated 3 October 1599) to William Murray, second Earl of Tullibardine, with a tocher of £10,000 Scots. They had no issue.

4. Janet, married to Robert Colville of Cleish, afterwards first Lord Colville of Ochiltree, but died without issue in April 1655, having long suffered from ill-health.
5. Isobel, married (contract dated 29 October and 10 November 1614) to Hew Fraser, Master of Lovat, with a tocher of 10,000 merks. She died in 1636, leaving issue.
6. Catherine married (contract dated 18 August 1624) to John, afterwards Sir John Haldane of Gleneagles, with a tocher of 10,000 merks, and had issue.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VIII Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 498-99.
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He [Earl William of Tullibardine] married


(1) first (contract dated 30 October 1599), Cecilia, eldest daughter of Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss, but had no issue by her;

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol 1, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 470-72.
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