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The present Lord Gray

The Gray Peerage is one of the oldest in Scotland. Sir Andrew Gray of Broxmouth was created 1st Lord Gray circa 1440. His ancestor, another Andrew Gray, is noted as a supporter of Robert the Bruce from about 1306 and was with him at the Battle of the Pass of Brander in 1308.

Patrick, Master of Gray (son of 6th Lord Gray), gained a well-documented reputation as political schemer in the time of Mary Queen of Scots when he initially supported her cause, travelling to France to entreat with her. In 1561 Mary wrote a letter to Lord Gray informing him of her intention to return to Scotland. Patrick avoided being directly implicated in handing Mary over to those in England who brought her as a prisoner to her cousin Elizabeth I and he was still in favour with Mary's son, who was to become James VI of Scotland and 1st of England. He sent Patrick Gray with others to London to negotiate over his succession with Queen Elizabeth.

The family had possession of lands in Perthshire, around Tayside, for several hundred years. The 3rd Lord Gray built Broughty Castle, at Broughty Ferry near Dundee and a later during the lifetime of the 10th Lord Gray, the grand Palladian style House of Gray was built also near Dundee. His heir then married Margaret Blair, who inherited the Gothic Kinfauns Castle near Perth where some fine Gray Coats of Arms adorn the ceiling of the main hall.

John Gray of Creichie who was a cousin of the family married Majory the daughter and only child of the 9th Lord Gray. Shortly after the Act of Union in 1707, Queen Anne granted him new Letters Patent, which specifically provided for a succession through the female line if there were no male heirs. This principle was re-established by the great-grandmother of the present Lord Gray when she brought her case to claim the Peerage in the 1890s.

 

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