See also

Helen MURRAY (1819-1824)

1. Helen Anne MURRAY, daughter of Lord Alexander MURRAY (1747-1864) and Catherine STEUART ( - ), was born in 1819. She died in 1824.

Second Generation

2. Lord Alexander MURRAY, son of Revd. Gideon MURRAY and Elizabeth MONTOLIEU DE ST. HYPPOLITE, was born on [Julian] 24 April 1747. He was a Soldier, member of Parliament. He had the title '7th Baron Elibank'. He married Mary Clara MONTOLIEU on 20 April 1776. He married Catherine STEUART in 1804. He died on [Julian] 24 September 1864 in Portobello.

 

Died from injuries received acidentally from burns.

Alexander was commissioned in the third Foot Guards and was called out in 1768 to quell the Wilkes Riots. He was brought to trial but acquitted. He was MP for Peebles 1783-1784 and Lord Lieutenant of the County. In 1742 he inherited the estates of Blackbarony which had originally belonged to Sir Andrew Murray, the father of Gideon Murray who founded the Murrays of Elibank. At this time the family moved back to Darn Hall in Peebleshire.

Alexander Murray, 7th Lord Elibank (1747-1820) married twice. By his first cousin Mary Clara De Montolieu he had five children. Two years after her death in 1802, he took as his second wife Catherine, daughter of James Steuart, who bore him seven children.1 Lord Elibank, who succeeded his uncle in 1785, had been commissioned into the Third Regiment of Foot Guards in 1768, advancing to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1769. He was a Member of Parliament for Peebleshire in 1783 and 1784 and served as lord lieutenant for counry Peebles from 1794 to 1820.

According to a letter from the Duke of Buccleuch to an unnamed correspondent, dated May 28, 1798, Lord Elibank was "a very Gentleman like man, but has been unfortunately much reduced in his circumstances by living in a style far beyond his income." The duke mentioned that Elibank lived on an allowance of five hundred pounds per year.2 He and his second wife lived in rented rooms in Portobello, a watering-place about three miles cast of Edinburgh on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth.

Apart from the fact that she was still alive in 1836,3 little is known about the life of the second Lady Elibank. But whatever is lacking in documentation is more than made up for by the portrait itself, one of the best examples in America of Raeburn's work. In it, she is shown leaning against a garden wail, a livid patch of sky and the spiky branches of a tree behind her. The dramatic lighting of the sky and the strong diagonal of the wall serve to set off the serene self-possession of the sitter. The mellow, golden colors match perfectly her contented expression and pose. A date of about 1805, that is, soon after her marriage, seems probable for this portrait; perhaps the arrangement of the sitter's hands is not accidental for the wedding ring on her left hand is the only jewelry she wears. The pose was a favorite of Raeburn's (for example, Mrs. George Kinnear, c. 1805, 34 1/2 x 26 3/4, Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland).

A photograph in the Witt Library, London, of a painting that seems to be a copy after Raeburn is labeled "Baroness Elibank.'' It shows a woman who could be our Lady Elibank, standing with her left arm on a column and a dog at her feet. The picture was with Neumans in Paris in 1936, but its present location is not known. A pendant, showing the sitter's husband, Lord Eiibank, is still in the possession of his descendants.

 

Mary Clara MONTOLIEU and Alexander MURRAY had the following children:

 

Alexander MURRAY (1780-1830). Alexander was born on 26 February 1780. He was a Soldier. He had the title 'Master of Elibank, 8th Baron Elibank'. He married Janet OLIPHANT on 8 March 1803 in Edinburgh. He died on 9 April 1830 in Brussells.

Gideon MURRAY (1781-1784). Gideon was born in 1781. He died on 25 February 1784 in Woolmet.

George MURRAY (1787-1862). George was born on 10 October 1787 in Darn Hall. He was an Auditor of the Exchequer, Scotland. He died on 29 September 1862.

Elizabeth Ann MURRAY (1788-1846). Elizabeth was born in 1788. She died on 17 May 1846. She married William BUCHANAN on 14 September 1893.

Mary (May) MURRAY (1789-1854). Mary was born in 1789. She married Augustus Frederick LINDLEY on 12 July 1830. She died on 23 October 1854.

 

3. Catherine STEUART was the daughter of James STEUART. She and Alexander MURRAY had the following children:

 

James MURRAY (1810-1844). James was born on 4 May 1810. He was an Advocate. He married Isabella ERSKINE on 3 May 1832. He died on 17 February 1844 in Borneo.

Charles Henry MURRAY (1812-1833). Charles was born on 18 August 1812 in Portobello. He died in 1833.

Robert Dundas MURRAY (1816-1856). Robert was born on 9 December 1816 in Portobello. He died on 8 September 1856.

Catherine MURRAY (1818-1828). Catherine was born in 1818. She died in 1828.

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Helen Anne MURRAY (1819-1824)

Harriot Buccleuch MURRAY (1819-1837). Harriot was born in 1819. She died in 1837.

Clare Melville MURRAY (1819-1825). Clare was born on 13 March 1819. She died in 1825.

Third Generation

4. Revd. Gideon MURRAY, son of Alexander MURRAY 4th Lord Elibank and Elizabeth STIRLING, was born on 5 February 1710 in Ballencrieff. He was a Priest. He married Elizabeth MONTOLIEU DE ST. HYPPOLITE on [Julian] 30 June 1746 in London. He died on [Julian] 21 June 1776 in Wandsworth.

 

Appointed Chaplain-General to the Army, and Prebendary of the 3rd stall in Durham Cathedral. Was present with George II at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743. Chaplain of 43rd (afterwards 42nd) Highlanders.

 

5. Elizabeth MONTOLIEU DE ST. HYPPOLITE, daughter of Sieur David Montolieu de St. HYPPOLITE, died on [Julian] 21 November 1677. She and Gideon MURRAY had the following children:

 

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Alexander MURRAY (1747-1864)

David MURRAY (1748-1794). David was born on [Julian] 10 May 1748. He was a MP for Peebles and New Radnor in 1790. He married Elizabeth HARLEY on 8 October 1783. He died on [Julian] 8 May 1794 in London.

 

6. James STEUART has few details recorded about him.

 

James STEUART had the following children:

 

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Catherine STEUART ( - )