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The Gathering 2009

Join The Clan!

The objects of the Murray Clan Society are to promote social links among people linked to the name Murray, and to stimulate interest in the history, culture and traditions of the Clan.

While the Clan Murray Society of North America has gone from strength to strength the parent Murray Clan Society here in the UK is slowly emerging from a period of hibernation...

Following the excellent example and helpful advice of our transatlantic cousins we hosted a well attended clan tent/ exhibition at The Gathering 2009, a day on the Murray Tour 2010, and are now planning activities for The Gathering 2014 at Bannockburn + looking for volunteers of any name and background to take the society forward in whatever role may suit his or her skills.… could you fill the post of Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, Historian, or Piper?

Membership is currently free until we have something to offer by way of a newsletter, full website, merchandise, and events. although contributions towards hiring spaces for our tent as we gather the clan together would be most welcome.

If you wish to join up please send your contact details to Anna Moray Parker c/o Estate Office, Abercairny, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 3NQ or email us at murrayclansociety@abercairny.com

A Few Murray Clan Facts...

Our late Chief, His Grace John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl, sadly passed away on 15th May 2012 and is suceeded by his son Bruce Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl. The Duke commands the only legal private regiment in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders, who can been seen in all their splendor at the annual parade at Blair Castle.

Other Murray Clan strongholds open to the public include Scone Palace, Duffus Castle, Bothwell Castle, Ormond Castle, and Balvaird Castle.

Other families closely associated with the Murray Clan, by allegiance and descent through the female line, include Balneaves, Dinsmore, Dunsmore, Fleming, Neaves, Piper, Pyper, Smail, Smale, Small, Smeal, and Spaulding.

Clan members traditionally recognised eachother by placing Juniper or Butchers Broom in their bonnets. Heraldic devices used by various branches of the family include three five pointed silver stars on a blue background, the peacock with the motto ‘Praite’ meaning ‘Ready’, the mermaid with the motto ‘Tout Prest’ or ‘Prepared’, and the demi-savage with the motto ‘Furth Fortune and Fill the Fetters’ or ‘go onward with fortune and return with hostages’.

We wear the Murray of Atholl and Murray of Tullibardine tartans. These are availiable in modern and more muted 'antique' settings.

Abercairny Estates Ltd., Abercairny, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 3NQ Email: info@abercairny.com Tel:01764 652706

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