The last 400 years
The history of Murrayshall Country House Hotel and Golf Club
Originally built in 1664, Murrayshall House was initially owned by Sir Andrew Murray (son of First Lord Balvaird and brother of David Murray, the Second Lord of Balvaird and Fourth Viscount of Stormont). The direct descendants of this family, the Earls of Mansfield, still occupy Scone Palace just down the road from us.
Sir Andrew's granddaughter, Janet Murray, was the great aunt of Lord Lynedoch by marriage - a man who leant his name to one of our golf courses, some of our luxury suites, and our largest function space. Due to the family connections, the Murrays and Graham-Murrays occupied the house for over 260 years.
The house was modernised in the 18th century and again in 1864. The property continued to change hands following various family tragedies until 1973 when it was sold to a group of businessmen who made the most of the 365 acre estate and created the basis for the luxury hotel you see today.
Perhaps the most famous member of the Graham Murray family to be connected with Murrayshall House is Thomas Graham, also known as Lord Lynedoch. A memorial to this enigmatic war hero was erected on Murrayshall Hill in 1850 and you can still see it today.
As a member of an aristocratic Scottish landowning family, Graham inherited estates across Perthshire. He then married the famous beauty Anne Cathcart (immortalised in paint by Gainsborough), and enjoyed a happy life as the archetypal country gentleman.
Lord Lynedoch's military history
Graham's wife died when he was just 43; he joined the army and was quick to prove himself and climb the ranks. His finest hour was during the Battle of Barossa during the Peninsular War on 5th March 1811, when he commanded British, Portuguese and Spanish forces against the French at Cadiz in Southern Spain in which he was hailed a hero after winning the battle.
That same year, Graham was made second in command to the Duke of Wellington and went on to fight in the Netherlands. Lord Lynedoch served in the army until he was 70. He went on to enjoy an active and lively old age, and died in 1843 aged 93.
Sir Francis Norrie-Millar
When the Graham Murrays sold Murrayshall House estate in 1927, it passed into the ownership of Francis Norrie-Millar, the astute and hardworking local businessman.
Despite creating a truly global business, General Accidents, before the concept of global businesses really existed, Norrie-Millar was determined to keep his headquarters in Perth. He achieved this throughout his lifetime and beyond, until the company merged with Commercial Union in 1998 and was subsequently taken over by Aviva.
Hamilton J Stutt
The Murrayshall Golf Course is renowned for the skill of its design and the sympathetic and clever way it seamlessly blends with the natural features of the estate. This is all testament to the skill of its designer, Hamilton J. Stutt.
Throughout his career, Stutt was involved with over 120 new golf course builds and improvement projects. These range from designs in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia and the Middle East.
Most notably, Stutt was involved in the famous Turnberry Golf Course, St Mellion Old Course, Meon Valley, and Woodbury Park - needless to say Murrayshall Golf Course was in good hands.
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