families of the Moray or Murray Clan are descended from
the 12th Century Flemish warlord Freskin. The surname derives
from his acquisition of the ancient kingdom of Moireabh
(the modern district of Moray, pronounced 'Murray') through
the gift of King David I and marriage into the local Celtic
royal family. Over the centuries members of the family have
added important chapters to the pages of Scottish history...
grandsons included Hugh de Moravia (ancestor of the Gordon
Earls of Sutherland) and William de Moravia. William was
father to Walter de Moray of Pettie (ancestor of the Morays
of Abercairny) and a younger brother (ancestor of the Murrays
of Tullibardine later Dukes of Atholl). From the Murrays
of Tullibardine also derive a number of other clan members
including the Murrays of Scone (Viscounts Stormont and Earls
of Mansfield), the Murrays of Lochan, the Murrays of Dollerie
and Ochtertyre, the Murrays of Strowan, and the Murrays
the most renowned member of the clan in the early days was
Walter de Moray's grandson, Sir Andrew Moray of Bothwell,
who fought with William Wallace against Edward I for an
independent Scotland. Andrew died from wounds received at
the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 after leading his
army to victory.
Andrew's grandson Sir John Moray of Drumsargard received
the lands of Abercairny, Ogilvy and Glenservy as a dowry
upon marrying Mary, daughter of Malise, the Celtic Earl
of Strathearn. Sir John's son Maurice was himself created
Earl of Strathearn in 1344.
the 18th and 19th Centuries the family acquired the additional
surnames of Stirling, Home (pronouced 'Hume') and Drummond.
Major Charles Moray had married the eldest daughter and
heir of Sir William Stirling of Ardoch; and his daughter,
Christian, then married Henry Home Drummond of Blair Drummond.
Henry was the grandson of Lord Kames, the famous leader
of the Scottish Enlightenment...
Stirling Home Drummond Moray family continue to live at