Murray of Atholl Ancient Tartan Large Journal
The Murray of Atholl Ancient tartan is soft blend of black, blue and green, with contrasting red lines.
It is said that the Murrays are descended from Freskin, a Pictish noble who lived in the time of David I (12th century). Freskin’s grandson William assumed the designation of “de Moravia” reflecting his ownership of land in the area of Moray. The Murrays of Tullibardine, progenitors of the Dukes of Atholl and the chiefs of the Clan Murray of Atholl, are descended from one of William de Moravia’s sons.
John Murray (1608–1642) was the son of William, 2nd Earl of Tullibardine (c. 1574–1626) and Dorothea Stewart (heir of the 5th Earl of Atholl). John Murray was created Earl of Atholl in the Peerage of Scotland in 1629. He was the 1st Earl of Atholl with the surname Murray.
John Murray, the 2nd Marquess of Atholl (1660–1724) became 1st Duke of Atholl in 1703. The Duke of Atholl is the hereditary chief of Clan Murray. The Duke gathered 4,000 men in an attempt to oppose the Union of 1707. He did not support the Jacobite Rebellions, but his elder son William Murray, Marquess of Tullibardine (1689–1746) and his younger son Lord George Murray (1694–1760) fought for Charles Edward Stuart in the Jacobite army.
The Duke of Atholl’s traditional residence is Blair Castle, though the castle was left to a charitable trust in 1996 by the 10th Duke. The Duke of Atholl has a private regiment, The Atholl Highlanders, recognised by law but with no military role.
There are four Murray tartans generally available today – Murray of Atholl Ancient, Murray of Atholl Modern, Murray of Elibank, and Murray of Tullibardine.
Septs: Related septs of the clan include: MacMurray, Moray, Rattray, Small, Spalding