Ancient Modern Crest
Gaelic Name: MacMhuirich
Crest: A mermaid holding a mirror in her dexter hand and comb in sinister hand
Motto: Tout Prest (Quite ready)
Origin of Name: Placename, Morayshire
The Murray family is descended from Freskin, who is thought to be a Flemish knight who flourished in the 12th century. Granted lands in West Lothian by David I, he and his sons intermarried with the house of Moray to consolidate their power. The descendants of this family were designated “de Moravia”, which in Lowland Scots became “Murray”. Bothwell Castle, one of the most powerful and visually striking strongholds in Scotland was built by the Murrays and remained the seat of the chief until 1360. In 1297 Sir Andrew Murray took up the cause of Scottish Independence and, with Sir William Wallace, rose against Edward of England. After this, the Murray family multiplied throughout Scotland and many branches of the name Murray disputed the right to the chieftainship.