Lord George Murray ~ Jacobite General

Lord George Murray: Jacobite soldier and son of the Duke of Atholl, born around 1700. Educated at Perth Grammar School, George Murray went on to take part in the Jacobite risings of 1715, 1719 and 1745. After the failure of 1715 and 1719, he fled to France. Pardoned in 1726, George Murray returned to Scotland. In 1745 he supported the Young Pretender, Prince Charles Edward Stuart (the Bonnie Prince) as a general in the rebel army. Murray is deemed responsible for the victory at Prestonpans (21 September 1745) and the effective retreat from Derby. Another success was that at Falkirk on 17 January 1746. Murray was against the decision to fight at Culloden (16 April 1746), but nevertheless willingly commanded the right wing at that battle. After Culloden he resigned his commission and escaped abroad once again. George Murray died in Holland in 1760.