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Lord James Murray (8 May 1663 – 30 December 1719), was a Scottish Member of Parliament.

Murray was the third son of John Murray, 1st Marquess of Atholl, by Lady Amelia Anne Sophia, daughter of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, and was born at Knowsley Hall, Lancashire, the seat of the Stanley family. John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl and Charles Murray, 1st Earl of Dunmore, were his elder brothers.[1]

Lord James was actively involved in the conflict between the Murrays and the Frasers of Beaufort over the Lovat succession. In 1697, after his sister Lady Amelia Murray escaped from her forced marriage to Simon Fraser (later 11th Lord Lovat), he and his brother Lord Mungo Murray commanded the troops sent to harry Fraser lands. After Simon Fraser was declared an outlaw in September 1698, the Murray brothers led around 600 Athollmen and Lowland soldiers into Stratherrick with a view to capturing him. They were ambushed by the Frasers and forced to surrender after their retreat to Inverness was cut off at Alt nan Gobhar, the Blacksmith's Burn.[2]

Murray was returned to Parliament for Perthshire in 1710, a seat he held until 1715, when he was succeeded by his nephew, Lord James Murray.[3]

He married Anne, daughter of Sir Robert Murray. He died at Perth in December 1719, aged 56.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b thepeerage.com James Murray of Dowally
  2. ^ Fraser, Sarah (2012), The Last Highlander: Scotland's Most Notorious Clan Chief, Rebel & Double Agent, Harper Press, London, pp.55-61
  3. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Paddington to Platting
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Dougal Stewart
Member of Parliament for Perthshire
1710–1715
Succeeded by
Lord James Murray