The Murrays of Tullibardine can trace their ancestry back to William of Moravia, grandson of Freskin, the progenitor of the Murrays.
The family would acquire Tullibardine through the Marriage of Sir William Murray to Ada, heiress of Strathearn, and later, Sir David Murray, 7th laird, would be granted a feudal barony there in 1443.
In the 16th century, there would be an inter-family feud over the right to the chiefship of the Murray name, which the Tullibardines would succeed in winning by using the Murray Arms in the armorial of the Lord Lyon in 1542.
In 1606, Sir John Murray, 12th feudal baron of Tullibardine, would be created Earl of Tullibardine by King James VI and his son would marry Dorothea Stewart, heiress to the earls of Atholl. This led to the family gaining the Stewart Earldom of Atholl in 1629 and a Marquessate in 1676 and the Tullibardines would reach the peak of their peerage in 1703 when they were made Dukes of Atholl.
After reaching their peak, an inevitable fall would not be far away, and it came during the Jacobite risings of the 18th century. In the rising of 1715, William Murray, Marquess of Tullibardine would command Murray men on the Jacobite side of the fighting and would also command the entire Jacobite army at the Battle of Sherrifmuir. Tulibadine would also command men at the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719, before being wounded and escaping to France. After escaping, the government offered £2000 for his apprehension but would try for a third time to place a Stewart on the throne in 1745 when he fought on the side of Charles Edward Stewart but would suffer from bad health and fatigue and surrendered before being taken to the Tower of London where he would pass away.
The Marquis’ son would eventually become the third duke of Atholl and the Earl still holds the title of Marquess of Tullibardine to this day. However, the Murrays of Tullibardine has since fallen in stature within the Murray clan, with their clan crest only being used by a select few members.