Thanks Rosemary for allowing me to post my family information on your blog. I have been researching my father’s Murray ancestors for many years. I hope to connect with others who are related to this family from Bewcastle.
John MURRAY (1760-1848) married Mary POTTS (daughter of Thomas POTTS & Elizabeth FORRESTER) on 18 Jan 1823 in Bewcastle. They had 8 Children:
1. John MURRAY (1796-1867) married Ann DODGSON – No children2. Thomas MURRAY (1798-1816) died at age 18.
3. William MURRAY (1800-1875) was a farmer at Ashycroft. William never married. However, he is named as the father of Elizabeth born to mother Jane FOSTER on August 14, 1841. Elizabeth was baptised August 30, 1841 at Knowe Presbyterian Chapel, Bewcastle. William's home was listed as Asheycroft while Jane FOSTER lived at Hole of Line, where the birth took place. James FOSTER, uncle of the mother was listed as sponser.4. Leonard MURRAY (1802-1845) was my ancestor. Leonard was married 3 times. His first wife was Elizabeth FOSTER. They had 4 children: Mary who died as an infant, John (1825-1889), Thomas (1827-?) and Arthur (1830-?). John is my ancestor. I have not been able to find any trace of his brothers Thomas & Arthur. After the death of his first wife, Leonard married Elizabeth KYLE and has one son named William. His mother died when he is about 3 years old and William goes to live at Crook with his mother’s KYLE family. Leonard’s third wife was Margaret HETHERINGTON. They had a daughter Mary (1843) and Margaret (1845) who was born 2 months after Leonard died in March 1845 at Newhouse. After Leonard’s death, Margaret married James MILLICAN and had 5 more children.
5. Arthur MURRAY (1802-1868) was Leonard’s twin. In 1835, he married Sarah NIXON, widow of Thomas ARMSTRONG. They had 2 children: John (1834-1905) who married Elizabeth JARDINE and Mary (1836-?).6. Elizabeth MURRAY (1804-1869) was never married but had 3 children: Ann (1832-?), John (1835-?) who married Jane MADGIN and Mary (1837-1909) who married James OLIVER.
7. James MURRAY (1807-1878) married Elizabeth Steel (1815-1907) and had a large family of at least 10 children (Mary, Sarah, Leonard, Ann, John, Jane, Elizabeth, twins William & Thomas and Libby). Elizabeth Murray died at the age of 90 and her death notice in the Carlisle Journal reads: MURRAY - At Nickies Hill, Walton, on the 7th. inst. Elizabeth Murray, aged 90 years. Interment at Bewcastle Church on Thursday, the 10th, at 2:30. Friends please accept this intimation. (Carlisle Journal 8/1/1907). I have not been able to find a marriage record for James and Elizabeth or determine the parents of Elizabeth Steel.
8. Mary MURRAY (1811-1876) was never married but had one daughter Mary (1836-?) who married Walter FORSTER.
My ggGrandfather John Murray (1825-1889) was born at Coldslope and died at Toe. He married Christina Elliot, widow of Armstrong SCOTT and daughter of John ELLIOT and Margaret HART of Cavers, Roxburgh, Scotland. They had 4 children: Elizabeth (1857-1893) who married her father’s first cousin, John MURRAY (son of James MURRAY & Elizabeth STEEL), Isabella (1859-1902) who married Robert HARKNESS, Leonard (my ancestor) and Arthur (1865-?).My gGrandfather Leonard (1862-1895) was 18 years old when he married Margaret STEELE, aged 31. I would love to see that wedding photo! I actually have no photo of Leonard MURRAY who was a shepherd and died of pneumonia at the age of 33 in Roxburgh, Scotland. His wife Margaret (daughter of Jonathan STEELE & Elizabeth KENNEDY) died 7 years later at the age of 52 in 1902. This left my Grandfather William (1890-1957) an orphan at the age of 11. He and his younger brother Leonard (1893-1962) went to live with their older sister Kate MURRAY and her husband Charles Renwick HUME. Their other brother, John Steele MURRAY joined the army. My Grandfather William Murray came to Canada at the age of 19 and worked until he had enough money to bring his brother Leonard to Canada as well. Sadly my Grandfather died 4 years before I was born so I never knew him. I have spent over 20 years researching the MURRAY family and would love to hear from anyone connected to this family of Bewcastle. Most of the MURRAY family of Bewcastle are buried in St. Cuthberts churchyard. Many thanks to Mike Jackson for all his great work transcribing the records of this area. His publications made my research so much easier and I am very grateful to him.
Linda MurrayCalgary, Alberta, Canada