Murray of Broughton


b. = born

bap. = baptised

c. = christened

c/m = marriage contract

d. = died

d. vita patris = died in the father's lifetime

dsp(decessit sine prole) died without issue

m. = married




Steven de Murray of Broughton, of whom little of any certainty is known other than he had d. before 1468 and was father of,

John murray of Broughton, had Sasine for the lands of Meikle Broughton, in Wigtonshire, and those of Brachley and Kirkcassall, in Kirkcubrightshire, both in 1468.[1] He is styled son and heir of the deceased Steven de Murray of Broughton in an action he raised before the Lords Auditors against James Muir of Auchindrane anent the lands of Clongall in March 1482,[2] and d. about 1500. He was father of,

Mungo Murray of Broughton, had Sasine for the lands of Brachley and Kirkcassell in 1500[3] and acquired those of Egirnes and Ballinteir, both in Wigtonshire, from Duncan Mundell, son and heir of the deceased John Mundell of Egrines, which were confirmed to him under the Great Seal on 23 June 1508.[4] He was witness to a charter by Margaret Weir, wife of William Inglis, Burgess of Kirkcubright, granting her half part of the lands of Kinglands to John Murray of Blackbarony and Isobel Hopper, his wife, on 19 August 1512 and d. before 1515 having m. Margaret Cairns who survived him and had m. secondly, by 8 May 1537, to James Lindsay of Fairgarth when she had the 2 ⅔ merklands of Kirkcassill confirmed to her following apprising from John Murray of Broughton.[5] He was father of,

Patrick Murray, younger of Broughton, who d. vita patris before July 1515[6] and was father of,

John Murray of Broughton, had succeeded by 4 July 1515 when he accounted for the customs of Wigton and Whitern and is then styled heir to his grandfather, Mungo Murray of Broughton, and his father, Patrick Murray.[7] He had Sasine for the lands of Barchley and Kirkcassell on 3 August 1515[8] and on 20 July 1518 he and Janet MacCulloch, his wife, had a conjunct charter under the Great Seal for the lands of Barchley, in the sheriffdom of Kirkcubright[9] which were apprised by Simon Murray who was confirmed in them on 17 May 1531.[10] He is described in his son, David, and grandson, Alexander’s charter for Broughton as having been “homo voluptati deditus” or “a man addicted to pleasure” who had, as a consequence of his character, alienated a substantial part of his estate. He d. by 30 April 1567 and was father of,

David Murray of Broughton, is styled son of the deceased John Murray of Broughton in a charter under the Great Seal to himself and his eldest son, Alexander, and their heirs and assignees whatsoever, of the lands of Meikle Broughton with the mill, and Little Broughton, in Wigtonshire, dated 30 April 1567.[11] He was alive in February 1593, when a liferent was reserved to him, and had d. by 19 December 1595 when his son, George, was in full possession of the estate. He was father of,

  1. Alexander Murray, who was included with his father in a charter to them of the lands of Meikle and Little Broughton on 30 April 1567. He had dsp by October 1586 when his brother, George, is styled younger of Broughton when witness to a charter by Sir Patrick Vaus of Barnbarroch.[12] His death is no doubt that referred to in his brother, George’s Sasine for Broughton, the precept from the Chancery for which refers to the lands as having been lapsed for eleven years or thereby before entry
  2. George Murray of Broughton, (see below).

George Murray of Broughton, had Sasine for the lands of Meikle and Little Broughton on 27 February 1593, with reservation of a liferent to his father, and had succeeded his father by 19 December 1595 when he is named in Sasine in favour of William Hannay, son of Alexander Hannay of Sorbie.[13] He is styled son and heir to the deceased David Murray of Broughton and grandson and heir to the deceased John Murray of Broughton when he translated a reversion of a bond entered into by that grandfather to Sir Alexander Stewart of Garlies, in 1606,[14] and had a charter under the Great Seal, on his own resignation, erecting the lands of Broughton into a barony on 6 August 1602.[15] He Isobel Vaus and d. by 12 May 1618 when his son, John, was charged to enter heir to him.[16] He was father of,

John Murray of Broughton, succeeded his father in1618 and m. Marion, daughter of Sir James Murray of Cockpool, (c/m 10 September and 11 December 1630[17]). He d. in 1675/6 and was father of,

  1. Richard Murray of Broughton, (see below).
  2. Janet Murray, m. James MacCulloch of Mull, with whom she assigned a Bond to their son, Alexander MacCulloch, on 24 November 1685, which had been due to her by her deceased father.[18]
  3. Isobel Murray, m. Captain Anthony Stewart of Balscuit, brother to Alexander Stewart of Physgill, (c/m 8 February and 20 March 1673[19]).

Richard Murray of Broughton, succeeded his father and was infeft in his lands following a precept of clare constat of 12 June 1676.[20] He m. by 16 July 1658, to Anne, daughter and heir of Alexander Lennox of Callie, when she was relieved as executrix to her father, and to whom, on 13 June 1690, he assigned all of his moveable goods after his death.[21] He d. in August of 1690 and was father of,

  1. John Murray of Broughton, succeeded his father and was served heir general to him on 1 January 1691.[22] He dsp before November 1705 when his brother, Alexander, was served heir to their father.
  2. Alexander Murray of Broughton, (see below).
  3. Elizabeth Murray, bap. at Edinburgh, on 28 August 1673.

He was also father of a natural child;

  1. Jean Murray, m. John Blaine of Wig, (c/m 7 November 1681[23]).

Alexander Murray of Broughton, succeeded on the death without issue of his elder brother, John, and was served heir to father and his grandfather, John Murray of Broughton, on 14 November 1705.[24] He was also served heir to his great-grandfather, George Murray of Broughton, on 24 April 1706[25] and to his grandmother, Marion Murray, daughter of Sir James Murray of Cockpool, on 19 June 1722.[26] He m. Euphemia, daughter of James Stewart, 5th Earl of Galloway, (c/m 17 February 1726. She survived him and d. at Air, on Saturday 7 November 1760[27]), d. at Cally, near Kirkcubright, on 1 May 1750[28] and was father of,

James Murray of Broughton, succeeded his father and was served heir to him in the lands and barony of Broughton and others, on 19 March 1751.[29] He d. on Tuesday 30 April 1799[30] having m. at Edinburgh, on 12 April 1752, to Catherine, daughter of Alexander Stewart, 6th Earl of Galloway,[31] by whom he had an only child ;

  1. Euphemia Murray, b. at Kelly, on 19 August 1756[32] and d. unmarried, at Rome in 1777.

He afterwards absconded with Grace Johnston, daughter of his political rival, Peter Johnston, in 1785, and by her he had further issue ;

  1. Alexander Stewart of Broughton, (see below).
  2. James Wentworth Murray, b. on 24 April 1796 and was bap. at York, on 20 May following. He d. at Florence, Italy, on 3 May 1821 and was buried at Leghorn, on 7th following.[33]
  3. Grace Murray, b. on 4 November 1785 and was bap. at Farnham, York, on 9 December following.

Alexander Murray of Broughton, b. at York, on 11 September 1789 and succeeded his father. He m. at the hotel of the British Ambassador at Paris, on 18 July 1816, to Anne, daughter of Richard Bingham, 2nd Earl of Lucan,[34] (she survived him and d. at Twickenham, on 28 October 1850[35]), and dsp at Killybegs, Ireland, on 15 July 1845.[36] He was succeeded in his estate by the heir of his father’s entail of 1797, Horatio Granville Stewart, only son of Captain Horatio Stewart, of the Rifle Brigade, son of Lieutenant-General Sir William Stewart, fourth son of John, 7th Earl of Galloway, who, on 21 May 1846, following his mother’s petition on his behalf, had Royal Licence to assume the name and arms of Murray of Broughton. On 7 November 1855, he obtained a further Royal Licence allowing him to “henceforth use and bear the surname of Stewart after, instead of before, that of Murray, and that he may be called Horatio Granville Murray Stewart, of Broughton, and bear the arms of Stewart quarterly in the first quarter, with those of Murray in the second quarter, and that such surnames and arms may in like manner be borne and used by his issue.”




[1] Ex. Rolls. Vol. IX. P. 674.

[2] NRS PA2/3, f.8v.

[3] Ex. Rolls. Vol. XI. P. 464. He is generally regarded to have been a younger son of Cuthbert Murray of Cockpool who died circa 1493 and to have been the first of the name to acquire the lands of Broughton. This is incorrect and his descent as heir to John Murray of Broughton and Steven de Murray of Broughton is confirmed by his succession not only to Broughton but also to the other parts of their estate, namely, the lands of Brachley and Kirkcassell. The parentage and ancestry of that Steven is uncertain although the family tradition of descent from Murray of Cockpool seems correct.

[4] C2/15/13.

[5] C2/26/206.

[6] It is probable that he and his father were killed during the Flodden campaign in September 1513.

[7] Ex. Rolls. Vol. XIV. P. 93.

[8] Ex. Rolls. Vol. XIV. P. 576.

[9] C2/20/93.

[10] C2/24/60.

[11] C2/32/492.

[12] GD141/35.

[13] GD10/285.

[14] GD138/1/265.

[15] GD10/1368.

[16] GD10/712.

[17] GD10/320.

[18] GD10/404.

[19] GD10/392.

[20] GD10/338.

[21] GD10/405.

[22] C22/41/414.

[23] GD10/399.

[24] Services of Heirs,

[25] Services of Heirs.

[26] Services of Heirs.

[27] Caledonian Mercury, 19th November 1760 edition.

[28] Scots Magazine, 6th April 1750 edition.

[29] Services of Heirs.

[30] Kentish Gazette, 17th May 1799 edition.

[31] Caledonian Mercury, 13th April 1752 edition.

[32] Scots Magazine, 2nd August 1756 edition.

[33] Consular records.

[34] Caledonian Mercury, 3rd August 1816 edition.

[35] Evening Mail, 6th November 1850 edition.

[36] Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 23rd July 1845 edition.