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Title: Lord John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl, 1660-1724
Author: Garrett, Cheryl L.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis comprises a biographical sketch of the 1st Duke of Atholl, Lord John Murray, the Scottish magnate and nobleman, 1660 – 1724. A background of his family tree is provided with instances of how his Murray ancestors raised their family into the peerage. Lord Murray would become the 1st Duke of Atholl less than one hundred years later. Discussion then turns to the religious situation during Lord Murray's life. He was raised Episcopalian but converted to Presbyterianism in order to wed Lady Katherine Hamilton, the eldest daughter of the 3rd Duke of Hamilton and his wife, Anne, Duchess of Hamilton in 1683. This marriage had a profound impact on the Murray family and his role in the ensuing years of civil battles and continental wars. Estate matters are set in place against the historical background of the era. Lord Murray's acquisition and control of the Atholl Estate from his father in 1689, is examined. His handling of the contentious Glenlyon Estate is prominently reviewed. The oversight of the Athollmen, the large, mainly Highland army loyal to the Atholl banner, who fought for the Crown in the Covenanting Wars of Scotland, and Lord Murray's youthful experiences during his father's leadership and later, his own, are explored. Murray's political fortunes from his early career through to his statesmanship in Westminster are examined. His leadership of the Commission of Inquiry into the Glencoe Massacre and his rise to Secretary of State for Scotland in 1696, resignation and fall, and his resurgence under Queen Anne, as the most vocal magnate opposing the Incorporating Union of 1707, the loss of his wife and heir, the repercussions of the early eighteenth-century Jacobite rebellions, his response to his sons' involvement in the uprisings and his final years finish the work.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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