Murray, James

Battle:Battle of Dunbar in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Ship/Arrival:Unity, Dec 1650
Prisoner and List:
Name Variations:
Other SPOW Associations:
Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy; please independently verify all data.

Published: 17 Aug 2016, Updated: 02 Sep 2018
Page contributors: Dr. Andrew Millard, Teresa Rust, B. Craig Stinson

James Murray, #51 on George S. Stewart’s Captured at Dunbar list

According to, Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018), on page 251, James is categorized as:

Probable [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity]

Murray/Morrey, James. Residences: Oyster River NH. Appears: 1659. Closely associated with the Scots at Oyster River. [Exiles; BCS; SPOWS; Ch.7]

For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices.

B. Craig Stinson – – Researcher

First Generation in the New World

1. JAMES¹ MURRAY, was born, presumably in Scotland, and died at Dover, New Hampshire, on 11 Nov 1659.

Biographical Notes:
It is believed he died childless

Scots at Oyster River
James Murray (d. 1659)
By B. Craig Stinson, 7 August 2016

James Murray was accidentally killed when a large tree limb fell on his head, just a year after his indenture ended. The jury of inquest seems to have examined the head wound of the deceased Murray in making their ruling, which was apparently how such inquests were conducted at the time. This jury included fellow Scots William Gowen (here listed as William Smith) and Niven Agnew, as well as our (English) John Hill of Dover.

James Murray, aka James Morrey, James Morray
#51 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” list as “James Murray”

10 Feb 1658-9 – admitted as an inhabitant of Dover [GDMNH 502]

11 Nov 1659 – “Acedently killd By falling of A tree”


GDMNH Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Noyes, Libby, and Davis, Portland, Maine: The Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1928-1939, p. 502.

HTDNH History of the Town of Durham, New Hampshire, vol. 1, Everett S. Stackpole and Lucien Thompson, 1913, p. 83.

New Hampshire Court Records 1640-1692, ed. Otis G. Hammond, The State of New Hampshire, 1943, p. 465 [Court Papers, vol. I, p. 41]

Craig Stinson
August 7, 2016