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Murray, John, 2d marquess and 1st duke of Atholl

Murray, John, 2d marquess and 1st duke of Atholl mûr´ē, ăth´əl [key], 1660–1724, Scottish nobleman son of the 2d earl and 1st marquess. A supporter of William III, he held high government posts in Scotland and was created duke in 1703. He successfully weathered a plot against him by Simon Fraser, Baron Lovat , and James Douglas, 2d duke of Queensberry . A vigorous opponent of the union (1707) of England and Scotland, he was suspected of Jacobite leanings. Nonetheless, he supported the accession (1714) of George I (although he lost office) and remained loyal to the government during the Jacobite uprising of 1715.

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