James Murray, 1st Baron Glenlyon

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Lieutenant-General James Murray, 1st Baron Glenlyon FRS KCH (29 May 1782 – 12 October 1837) was a British Army officer, member of parliament and peer. Before being granted the title of Baron Glenlyon in 1821, he was known from birth as Lord James Murray.

Life[edit]

Murray was born in 1782 at Dunkeld, Perthshire, the son of John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl and his wife the Hon. Jane Cathcart. He was first commissioned into the British Army in 1798 and rose to the rank of Major-General by 1819. In 1807, he was elected Member of Parliament for Perthshire, holding the seat until 1812. He served as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber from 1812 to 1832 and from 1813 to 1819 was also aide-de-camp to the Prince Regent. He was created Baron Glenlyon, of Glenlyon, Perthshire, on 17 July 1821, and was promoted Lieutenant-General in 1837.[1]

He also managed family affairs on behalf of his older brother John Murray, 5th Duke of Atholl, who had been declared insane at age 20.[2]

Lord Glenlyon died at Fenton's Hotel, St James's Street, London, on 12 October 1837, aged fifty-five, and was buried on 30 October at Dunkeld. He died intestate.[1]

Wife and children[edit]

On 19 May 1810 Murray married Lady Emily Frances Percy, a daughter of General Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Covent Garden, London. They had four children:[1][3]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lt.-Gen. Sir James Murray, 1st Lord Glenlyon at thepeerage.com. Retrieved 24 July 2008
  2. ^ Masters, Brian (1988). The Dukes. London: Frederick Muller. ISBN 0-09-173700-1. 
  3. ^ Cokayne et al., eds, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, Volume I (new edition, 1910), page 321
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Graham
Member of Parliament for Perthshire
18071812
Succeeded by
James Drummond
Peerage of Scotland
New creation Baron Glenlyon
1821 – 1837
Succeeded by
George Murray