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Peter Murray

Peter Murray, bapt 30 June 1834, Alford,
census of 1841 has him at family home, Mid Mill, W of Alford,
census of 1851 has him at Mid Mill,
mar 30 May 1861, Alford, to Margaret Robbie [born 1838],
she died 21 Jan 1868, Alford, age 30 yrs,
she is bur Alford, near his father's grave,
after her death her sister Mary Robbie (born 1840) helped him run the house and raise the children, she stayed with him as housekeeper for 47 years (1868-1915),
census of 1881 has him at Upperhaugh (Upper Haugh, N side of Alford, see map),
grave says he is "carpenter, Alford village",
census lists him as "carpenter",
he made an oak carved jewel box, the side view has date 1881, the label says it won a prize "at the Glasgow Exhibition in 1881",
this may be an error for the great International Exhibition in Glasgow in 1888,
he later became a land-steward,
lived "Murrayfield", Montgarrie Road, Alford (see map),
his "faithful friend and housekeeper" Mary Robbie died "Murrayfield", Alford, 21 Apr 1915, age 75 yrs, and he erected her gravestone at Alford, next to his wife,
his son Charles returned home to Scotland 1924,
he died 11 Nov 1926, Alford, age 92 yrs,
bur Alford,
had issue:

  1. Sarah Murray, born 30 Oct 1862, Alford,
    1881 census lists her as "art student", living "25 Broomhill, Aberdeenshire" (unidentified, a number of possibilities),
    painted portrait of her brother Charles in 1887.

  2. Charles Murray, the Scottish poet,
    born Alford, 28th Sept 1864 (or 29th or 27th).

  3. Peter Murray, born 5 May 1866, Alford,
    died 18 Mar 1867, Alford, age 10 months,
    bur Alford.

Think this is "Murrayfield", Montgarrie Road, Alford, today.
From street view.


Oak carved jewel box, made by Peter Murray in 1881.
For sale on eBay from this user as at 2009.
See side view and label.

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