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Murdison research worldwide

Updated September 19, 2001

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I have been trying to piece together the jigsaw that is the Murdison family tree for nearly 30 years. From Scotland they have moved to England, Canada, the U.S.A. and Australia but always in tiny numbers! The name originally appears to be from the lands of Murdochstoune in the Scottish borders, land traditionally owned by the Scott family (Sir Walter Scott has a fictional character Meg Murdieson in his novel Old Mortality).
In olden times the name was variously spelt Murdosoune, Murderson, Murdiston, Mordison, etc before settling down to be Murdison. Interestingly, one of the earliest places where you find Murdisons is in Drumelzer, the place traditionally where Merlin met his death. The original spelling of Merlin is Myrddin or Murdin, so maybe we are all Murdin sons!? A Murdison was given land by Robert the Bruce but I don't know where! Alexander M. was hung for sheep stealing, a tale recounted in the Tales of the Border Marches because of his specially trained dog Yarrow. Robert Hope M. entered Scottish Legal history by swearing at a referee during a rugby union match whilst playing for Galashiels and his nephew Andrew M. was a famous rugby league player for Halifax. I now need information for Glasgow and Lanarkshire prior to 1855.
White,Stevenson,Watson,Wilson,Speirs,McArthur,Stewart,Ramage, Veitch, Simpson /Simsoune and Waugh are surnames of people who married Murdisons between 1600 and 1820. Hope you can help.

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