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Emilia MURRAY ( - )

1. Emilia MURRAY was the daughter of George MURRAY of Pittencrieff, Fife ( -1702) and Elizabeth ERSKINE ( - ).

Second Generation

2. George MURRAY of Pittencrieff, Fife, son of Sir Patrick 1st MURRAY 1st Lord Elibank of Ettrick Forest and Helen LINDSAY, married Margaret MONCREIFFE in 1667. He died in 1702. He married Elizabeth ERSKINE.

 

He was a lieutenant in Dumbarton's Foot (Royal Scots) at Tangiers 1681; captain 1685-8. Lieutenant and lieut-colonel Horse Guards, 1682.

 

3. Elizabeth ERSKINE, daughter of Sir John ERSKINE of Otterstoun, married James CLERK.

 

George MURRAY and Elizabeth ERSKINE had the following children:

 

George MURRAY (c. 1768- ). George was born circa 1768.

Jean MURRAY (c. 1675- ). Jean was born circa 1675.

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Emilia MURRAY ( - )

Third Generation

4. Sir Patrick 1st MURRAY 1st Lord Elibank of Ettrick Forest, son of Sir Gideon MURRAY and Margaret PENTLAND, was born circa 1608. He had the title 'Nova Scotia Baronet, Keeper of Caerlaverock, 1st Lord Elibank of Ettrick Forest'. He was a MP for Haddington. He married Margaret HAMILTON on 21 August 1610. He married Elizabeth DUNDAS on [Julian] 24 January 1617. He married Helen LINDSAY on [Julian] 16 January 1628. He married Agnes NICOLSON on 11 December 1636. He died on 12 November 1648. He was buried in "In his aisle at Aberlady Kirk, East Lothian".. He was buried in his aisle in Aberlady Kirk. He married Katherine WEIR.

 

Patrick Murray was brought up in difficult times, when Scotland was clearly divided by religious strife, but Patrick followed his father as an out-and-out loyalist to the crown. As early as 1615 King James bestowed a pension on him for "true and faithful" service", but it is not known exactly what he had done thus to please the monarch. At the Session of the Estates, held in 1621, which ratified the famous Five Articles (which attempted to force the Scottish people to accept episcopalianism, in line with England and against the wishes of so many Scots) Murray, now Sir Patrick, voted with the majority to carry the motion, and no doubt subsequently enthusiastically supported the upholding of the Articles. In 1628, the year in which the king's action to resume the Church revenues came before the Estates, Sir Patrick was made a (Nova Scotia) baronet, doubtless for his continuing support for the king in what were proving unpopular measures. Apart from its unpopularity amonst Presbyterians, a large amount of families who had previously been granted church lands had no intention of giving them up without a struggle.

One of Patrick's jobs was as keeper of one of the king's properties, Caerlaverock (near Carlisle). He was also "knight, shireff principall of the shiredome of Handintoun (Haddington) for the yeere to come, and conveener of the justices of the peace within the said shirefdome".

Patrick Murray was politically and personally linked to John Stuart, 1st Earl of Traquair: they were both ardent royalists. Traquair was descended from both English (through his father) and Scottish (through his mother) royalty, and this helped to shape his political opinions and loyalties. Traquair (like Sir Patrick Murray) was thus involved in the persecution of Presbyterians by King Charles. Proud of his character which did not like to do things in half measures, he said: "I sal either mak the service be read heir in Edinburgh or I sal perishe by the way. Nothing proves more prejudiciall to your Majesty's service than to prosecute your commandments in a half or halting way... from that sect (the Presbyterians) I have seldom found any motioun proceid but such as did smell of sedition and mutiny". The proud Scottish people were not going to be bulldozed into this against their will! Traquair and Murray were also connected because the former took the post of Treasurer-Depute for Scotland following the latter's father Gideon's death. The political link was cemented by a family one when Sir Patrick Murray's son (also Patrick) married Traquair's daughter Elizabeth. It is interesting to note at this stage, and in connection with the religious battles raging at the time, that Sir Patrick's grandson married Anne Burnet, daughter of the celebrated churchman Alexander Burnet, who also so persecuted Presbyterians, and whose most famous remark was that "the only way to deal with a fanatic (by which he meant anyone with religious views that diverged from his own) is to starve him". Burnet had, incidentally, started his career as chaplain and tutor in the house of ... Lord Traquair.

In 1643 Sir Patrick was raised to the peerage of Scotland as Lord Elibank of Ettrick Forest, in consideration of his "worth, prudence and sufficiency, and of the many worthy services done to His Majesty, our late dearest Father in his Council, Session and Exchequer by the late Gideon Murray". In addition, Murray had provided further practical assistance to the royal cause by providing a troop of horse which accompanied the Scots convoy sent to Oxford (where the king held government).

Four years later, Lord Elibank was one of only six peers who opposed handing over King Charles to the English Parliament. Both he and Traquair were 100% involved, and later, as one might expect, paid the price. Throughout this whole period Lord Elibank was lending the King large sums of money.

Elibank was perhaps more fortunate than Traquair, who lived to see his estates taken from him: he died just before this happened, leaving his son, Patrick, 2nd Lord Elibank, aged 12 at the time, to oversee the family's demise. This happened finally in 1658, and two years later, at the age of only 40, under the iron rule of Cromwell where his royalist sympathies were of no advantage to him, and also as the son-in-law of the fallen Lord Traquair, he himself died.

 

Margaret HAMILTON and Patrick 1st MURRAY had the following children:

 

John MURRAY ( - )

Christian MURRAY ( - ). Christian married George DOUGLAS in 1631.

 

Elizabeth DUNDAS and Patrick 1st MURRAY had the following children:

 

Patrick 2nd MURRAY (bef1628-1661). Patrick was born before 1628. He had the title '2nd Lord Elibank'. He married Elizabeth STEWART on 9 April 1643 in Aberlady. He died on [Julian] 13 February 1661 in Aberlady.

William MURRAY ( -1684). William died on [Julian] 17 August 1684.

Elizabeth MURRAY ( - ). Elizabeth married Archibald STIRLING on 1 August 1637.

Agnes MURRAY ( - ). Agnes married George AUCHINLECK on 6 January 1643.

Jean MURRAY ( - ). Jean married William MURRAY on 3 February 1644.

Isobel MURRAY ( - )

 

Agnes NICOLSON and Patrick 1st MURRAY had the following children:

 

Thomas MURRAY (1637-c. 1659). Thomas was born on [Julian] 12 November 1637. He died circa 1659.

 

5. Helen LINDSAY was the daughter of Bernard LINDSAY of Lochhill. She and Patrick 1st MURRAY had the following children:

 

Walter MURRAY ( -1695). Walter died in 1695.

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George MURRAY ( -1702)

Helen MURRAY ( - )

 

6. Sir John ERSKINE of Otterstoun has few details recorded about him.

 

John ERSKINE had the following children:

 

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Elizabeth ERSKINE ( - )