The Jacobite Rising of 1715 and the Murray Family: Brothers in Arms

The Jacobite Rising of 1715 and the Murray Family: Brothers in Arms

by Rosalind Anderson


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Based in Perthshire, the Murray family played an important role in all Jacobite rebellions, whether as rebels or supporters of the government. During the Great Rising of 1715, the head of the family the Duke of Atholl remained loyal to the Hanoverian government but three of his sons were Jacobites. Two of these brothers then went on to play major roles in the 1719 Rising and in the more famous '45.

What led to their decision to commit to the Jacobite cause? A look at the earlier years of the Murrays at the end of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries sheds light on the family dynamics and helps explain how and why the brothers made the decisions they did. Traditionally the Murrays were thought to have perhaps made a conscious and pragmatic decision to have a foot in both camps, but the evidence presented here shows the brothers possessed a strong rebellious streak. Despite the heavily enforced regime of duty from their father and the Presbyterian piety of their mother, they refused to conform to their parents’ wishes and in varying degrees chose of their own volition, a different path to that expected of them.

Set against the backdrop of social unrest and anxiety over against English influence in Scotland, these choices had a significant impact on the history of the family and because of who that family was, a significant impact on the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526727619
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 04/26/2020
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rosalind Anderson graduated from Stirling University with a BA Hons in History. She worked as an officer manager for a Stirling based Press and Photo Agency, during which time she married and had two children. Since 2012 she has worked for Historic Environment Scotland as a steward where she also developed an education tour on the 1715 Rising.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Acknowledgements x

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Scotland in the Seventeenth Century 1

Chapter 2 John Murray, Earl of Tullibardine 8

Chapter 3 Murray and Fraser: An Ill-Fated Feud 15

Chapter 4 The Duke of Atholl 30

Chapter 5 Katherine - Wife, Sister, Mother 41

Chapter 6 Hamilton and Nairne Families 54

Chapter 7 Johny 68

Chapter 8 William, Marquis of Tullibardine 84

Chapter 9 Charles and George 90

Chapter 10 The Death of Queen Anne 99

Chapter 11 The Rising Begins 107

Chapter 12 Preston 119

Chapter 13 Sheriffmuir 127

Chapter 14 Court Martial - Guilty Verdict 134

Chapter 15 The King Arrives, Too Little Too late 142

Chapter 16 Charles at Chester Castle 150

Chapter 17 Exile 157

Epilogue 166

Notes 168

Bibliography 180

Index 183

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