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

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1784 - 1790
1790 - 7 May 1794

Family and Education

b. 10 May 1748, 2nd s. of Rev. the Hon. Gideon Murray, 3rd surv. s. of Alexander, 4th Lord Elibank [S], by Elizabeth, da. of Lt.-Gen. David Montolieu, Baron de St. Hypolite (Holy Roman Empire). educ. Beverley sch. Yorks.; Christ Church, Oxf. 1764-8; L. Inn 1767, called 1773. m. 9 Oct. 1783, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Hon. Thomas Harley*, 1s. 3da.

Offices Held


In 1790 Murray was without a seat; he had succeeded his brother Alexander, 7th Lord Elibank, to a seat for Peeblesshire, but for one Parliament only, until William Montgomery* came of age. His father-in-law found one for him by persuading his brother Edward, 4th Earl of Oxford, to bring him in for New Radnor Boroughs. This involved him in a contest with the displaced Member, but he was spared the brunt of it by his father-in-law when family affairs called him to Scotland on the eve of the election. He gave a silent support to Pitt’s administration as before. In April 1791 it was thought that Lord Kinnoul might decide his vote on Test Act repeal in Scotland. He may have been the David Murray who applied to Pitt, 12 Mar. 1794, to become paymaster to the Chelsea out-pensioners. He died ‘at Lord Rodney’s house in Hanover Square’, 7 May 1794.

Hereford Jnl. 26 May 1790; PRO 30/8/162, f. 172; Gent. Mag. (1794), i. 485.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne