John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl

John Murray, 11th Duke Of Atholl

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John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl (born 19 January 1929), known as John Murray until 1996, is a British peer.

Murray was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the only child of Major George Murray (1884–1940), who was killed on active service in the Second World War, and Joan (married 17 January 1928), daughter of William Edward Eastwood, of South Africa. He is the grandson of Reverend Douglas Stuart Murray, Rector of Blithfield, Staffordshire, grandson of the Right Reverend George Murray, son of the Right Reverend Lord George Murray, second son of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl. He received a BSc degree in Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, a leading South African university.

In 1996, aged 67, Murray succeeded his second cousin once removed as 11th Duke of Atholl. He owns the only legal private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders. The army is based at Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl, every year the Duke returns to stay at Blair for the display put on by his army. He is also the hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Murray.

Atholl married Margaret Yvonne, only daughter of Ronald Leonard Leach, of Louis Trichardt, Transvaal, South Africa on 15 December 1956. They have three children:

  • Lady Jennifer Murray (born 8 February 1958) married 1979 (divorced 1985) Iain Purdon and secondly 19.. Martin Glodek and by her first......
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