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In The Scotsman of 18 November 1951 appeared the following letter, which had originally been printed in the Daily Review in 1876:-
- Sir-I send this in corroboration of the fact that Gaelic was to some extent spoken in Ayrshire in the early part of last century. My grand-aunt, Jean McMurray, who died in 1836 at the age of 87, informed me that Margaret McMurray, the representative of the elder branch of the McMurrays of Cultezron, near Maybole, and who died at a very advanced age about the year 1760, was long talked about as having been the last Gaelic-speaking native of Carrick.
- -I am etc. D. Murray-Lyon Ayr, October 31, 1876
Cultezron (not to be confused with nearby Culzean) is a small farm on the outskirts of the town of Maybole in South Ayrshire. It appears that Margaret's family had been in possession of it for at least 150 years prior to this, as one 'John McMurray' is in legal records at that time. It is also notable that McMurray's descendants, dropped the 'Mc' from the name, suggesting anglicisation. Despite their similar appearance, the names 'McMurray' and 'Murray' come from separate origins, the former being related to the Murphys in Ireland and the Murchisons in the Scottish Highlands, and the latter's origin being de Moray (of Moray).
The scholar William Laughton Lorimer discussed McMurray briefly in Scottish Gaelic studies.
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