History ~The families of the Moray or Murray Clan are descended from the 12th Century Flemish warlord Freskin. The surname derives from hisacquisition of the ancient kingdom of Moireabh (the modern district of Moray, pronounced 'Murray') through the gift of King David I.
Freskin's 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 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 of Tibbermuir.
Perhaps 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 in1297 after leading his army to victory.
Sir 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.
In 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... The Stirling Home Drummond Moray family continue to live at Abercairny.
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