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Bruce Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl

Bruce Murray,
12th Duke of Atholl
Coat of arms of the Duke of Atholl
Born Bruce George Ronald Murray
(1960-04-06) 6 April 1960 (age 55)
South Africa
Title Duke of Atholl
Tenure 2012-present
Other names Marquess of Tullibardine (1996-2012)
Nationality South African
Residence Louis Trichardt
Predecessor John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl
Spouse(s) Lynne Elizabeth née Andrew (1984-2003)
Charmaine Myrna née du Toit (2009-present)
Issue Michael Bruce John Murray, Marquess of Tullibardine
Lord David Murray
Lady Nicole Murray
Parents John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl
Margaret, Dowager Duchess of Atholl
Styles of
Bruce Murray
12th Duke of Atholl
Reference style His Grace
Spoken style Your Grace
Alternative style Sir

Bruce George Ronald Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl (born 6 April 1960) is a South African-born[1] hereditary peer in the Peerage of Scotland and Chief of Clan Murray. As Duke of Atholl, he has the right to raise Europe's only legal private army, named the Atholl Highlanders (a unique privilege granted to his family by Queen Victoria after visiting Blair Atholl in 1844).[2]

Early life and career

The elder son of John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl and Margaret Yvonne née Leach (now styled the Dowager Duchess of Atholl),[3][4] matriculated at Jeppe High School for Boys Johannesburg in 1979. He was educated at Saasveld Forestry College before serving his two years' National Service with the South African Infantry Corps.[1] He is currently a volunteer member of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment, holding the rank of Lieutenant.[4] Previously he managed a tea plantation, but then ran a signage business producing signs for commercial buildings.[5][6] He was commissioned into the Atholl Highlanders in 2000,[1][7] being appointed as Lieutenant Colonel.[8] Upon the death of his father on 15 May 2012, he succeeded to all his father's titles, becoming the 12th Duke of Atholl.[2][9]

Marriage and children

The Duke first married on 4 February 1984 at Johannesburg Lynne Elizabeth Andrew (born Johannesburg, 7 June 1963)[n 1] and they divorced in 2003.

Together they had three children, two sons and one daughter:[3][4][10][11][12][13][14]

He married Charmaine Myrna (née Du Toit) in 2009.

Titles and styles

  • Mr Bruce Murray (1960–1996)
  • Marquess of Tullibardine (1996–2012)
  • His Grace The Duke of Atholl (2012–present)



  1. ^ Daughter of Nicholas George Andrew of Bedfordview, South Africa, (born in Brighton, June 1939) and Evelyn Donne de Villiers. Nicholas Andrew's parents were Stanley R. Andrew (born 1915 in Wellington, Somerset and Irene M. St John Sherwin (married 1938 in Taunton GRO vol 5c 593)[3]


  1. ^ a b c Three Generations of the Atholl family to be on parade at Blair Castle - website VisitScotland Perthshire
  2. ^ a b "The Duke of Atholl". The Daily Telegraph. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Information on Murray, Bruce George Ronald - website Royal Genealogy Page of the Department of Computer Science, University of Hull
  4. ^ a b c Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 133.
  5. ^ KAOXA'S SHELTER, THE DIGGING STICK, Volume 17, No 1 ISSN 1013-7521 April 2000, Acknowledgements - website of the South African Archaeological Society
  6. ^ Local Marquess presents colours to Her Majesty -
  7. ^ Clan & Septs - website of the Clan Murray Society
  8. ^ Highlander’s Visit (5/29 – 6/7) - website of the Atholl 250th Anniversary Committee
  9. ^ John Murray, the 11th Duke of Atholl, dies in South Africa - website of The Courier
  10. ^ Dukes of Atholl - website of Cracroft's Peerage
  11. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl
Duke of Atholl
Succeeded by