MURRAY, WALTER [SSNE 8012]

Surname
MURRAY
First name
WALTER, (erroneously as WILLIAM)

Text source

Walter Murray was a Scottish officer serving in the Scots-Dutch brigade between c. 1627-1657. He began his career as a lieutenant in Lieutenant-Colonel John Halkett's [SSNE 7966] company in Sir Francis Henderson's regiment. He was commissioned as captain to William Drummond's [SSNE 8010] company (Brog's [SSNE 7842] regiment) after Captain Drummond was shot and killed at the siege of Groll c. 1 August 1627. Murray himself was wounded at the siege of Maastricht in 1632. Murray was appointed sergeant-major of the regiment before Rammekens, presumably after the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Caddel [SSNE 8008] and the promotion of Sergeant-Major James Balfour [SSNE 8009] to that lieutenant-colonelcy.

Walter Murray was promoted to lieutenant-colonel of Walter Scott's [SSNE 4997] regiment on 27 March 1655, after the restructuring of the brigade. By 1657, he retired from the service and was succeeded by George Lauder.

N.B. In 1643 Murray commanded 100 men with a salary of £1417. In 1649 he commanded only 50 men, £825, presumably because of the Treaty of Westphalia and the end of the Thirty Years' War, 1648.

 

Sources:

Anon., A iournall of all the principall passages of that late famous siege and taking of the citie of Mastricht by the Prince of Orange... Vnto which is added a list of all the principall commaunders, and other officers, which were either slaine or hurt of all nations in time of the siege (London, 1632), p. 29.

Ferguson, J., Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in theservice of the United Netherlands, 1572-1697 (Edinburgh, 1899), pp. 230, 319, 322, 328, 331, 333, 466, 467, 490, 495.

TNA, SP84/144 f. 233, List of casualties at siege of Maastricht, and another copy and note on same, 15/25 August 1632. 

 

 

This entry created by Mr Jack Abernethy.

Service record

THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, THE SCOTS BRIGADE, COL. F. HENDERSON
Departed 1627-09-30, as CAPTAIN
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, THE SCOTS BRIGADE, COL. BROG, COL. SANDILANDS, COL. ERSKINE
Departed 1640-05-15, as SERGEANT-MAJOR
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, THE SCOTS BRIGADE, COL. ERSKINE
Departed 1655-03-27, as LIEUTENANT-COLONEL
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, THE SCOTS BRIGADE, COL. SCOTT
Departed 1657-12-31, as RETIRED
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY