MURRAY, David (1748-94), of Hattonknowe, Peebles and South Warnborough, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - 1790
1790 - 7 May 1794

Family and Education

b. 10 May 1748, 2nd s. of Rev. and Hon. Gideon Murray, and bro. of Alexander Murray.  educ. Beverley sch. Yorks.; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1764-8; L. Inn 1767, called 1773.  m. 8 Oct. 1783, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Hon. Thomas Harley, 1s. 3da.

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Although Murray’s interests lay almost wholly in England, he had an electoral qualification in Peeblesshire, where in 1784 he succeeded his brother Alexander. He owed his election to the interest of the Duke of Queensberry and Lord Chief Baron James Montgomery, but the arrangement was for one Parliament only, until Montgomery’s eldest son was available.1 In Parliament he supported the Pitt Administration, voting with them on the Regency, 16 Dec. 1788, though his patron the Duke of Queensberry took the opposite view.

He died 7 May 1794.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Edith Lady Haden-Guest


  • 1. Adam. Pol. State of Scotland, 250, 254.