The Murray Family has been prominent in the British Empire and in the United States, its members having played important roles in war and in peace. Family pride is a commendable trait and should be cultivated. All Murrays have just cause to be proud of their family history and traditions.

The Murray of Philiphaugh Coat of Arms

"All our historians agree that the surname of Murray is amongst the most ancient of any in Scotland. Some derive their origin from a warlike people called the Moravii, who came from Germany, and are said to have performed many great exploits in Scotland, in favor of King Corbred I, against the Romans. Others are of (the) opinion that the Murray surname came from the county Murray where they had large possessions in very early times. The latter opinion is substantiated in Lower's "Patronymica Britannica" where it is stated that, 'The founder of the clan of Sutherland settled in the 12th century in the province of Murref, Moray or Moravia, comprehending the modern counties of Murray or Elgin, and parts of Inverness and Banff whence the family for several generations assumed the name of Murref or De Moravia.' The name was carried to other parts of the country and is today one of our familiar surnames."

- The Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland (London, 1790)

The History of the Royal Burgh of Selkirk

The incident of the Outlaw Murray refusing homage to the King, but finally giving way on being installed as Sheriff of Ettrick Forest, has long been considered by many to be merely picturesque legend perpetuated by the well known ballad. However, eminent Scottish authorities now accept it as an historical fact. It is known that the John Murray, mentioned as the Queen's Herdsman in Ettrick Forest in 1460, had in fact obtained a charter for Philiphaugh in 1461, and was the person in question. He was probably outlawed for his connection with the schemes of the Douglas's, and that he gave his submission during the King's occupation of Ettrick Forest. The Murrays of Philiphaugh were certainly Sheriffs of the Forest before 1530.  Whether it be "fact", fiction or somewhere in between, stories like this make the study of history and genealogy much more interesting!

- The Outlaw Murray, History of Selkirk Scotland (




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