People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Adam Murray, master, bishop of Brechin, chancellor (d. 1349/50)

Biography
Parentage unknown. University educated, was styled Master on first recorded appearance in March 1317. Associated in early stages of his ecclesiastical career with William Lamberton, bishop of St Andrews. Adam was involved in the Scottish embassy that secured renewal of the Franco-Scottish alliance at Corbeil in April 1326. Elected to see of Brechin between 17 March and 28 July 1328 shortly before involvement in another diplomatic mission on behalf of Robert I, this time to the papal court. Was made chancellor of the kingdom in 1329 an office he held until 1333, and perhaps as late as April 1335 when a new chancellor was in post. By autumn 1336 was in France serving at the court of, and as a diplomat for, the exiled king David II. Adam was back in Scotland by 7 March 1339 and thereafter served in administration of David II after the king’s return to the kingdom in June 1341. Adam was a regular witness to royal charters and an auditor of petitions. After David’s capture at Neville’s Cross in 1346 Adam was involved in several missions to visit the imprisoned king in England. Apparently still alive in the summer of 1349, but died sometime before 17 February 1350.
Floruits
1328 × 1346

Total number of associated factoids: 65

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20 Apr. 1325 Master 1/53/313 (RRS, v, no. 272)
20 Apr. 1325 doctor of decrees 1/53/313 (RRS, v, no. 272)
20 Apr. 1325 ambassador/ envoy 1/53/313 (RRS, v, no. 272)
12 Jul. 1326 doctor of decrees 1/53/341 (RRS, v, no. 299)
12 Jul. 1326 Master 1/53/341 (RRS, v, no. 299)
17 Mar. 1328 doctor of decrees 1/53/393 (RRS, v, no. 345)
17 Mar. 1328 Master 1/53/393 (RRS, v, no. 345)
6 Feb. 1331 bishop of Brechin 1/54/5 (RRS, vi, no. 5)
6 Feb. 1331 chancellor (king's) 1/54/5 (RRS, vi, no. 5)
1 Mar. 1331 chancellor (king's) 1/54/6 (RRS, vi, no. 6)
1 Mar. 1331 bishop of Brechin 1/54/6 (RRS, vi, no. 6)
21 Mar. 1331 chancellor (king's) 1/54/7 (RRS, vi, no. 7)
21 Mar. 1331 bishop of Brechin 1/54/7 (RRS, vi, no. 7)
29 Nov. 1331 chancellor (king's) 1/54/10 (RRS, vi, no. 8)
29 Nov. 1331 bishop of Brechin 1/54/10 (RRS, vi, no. 8)
10 Mar. 1332 bishop of Brechin 1/54/11 (RRS, vi, no. 10)
10 Mar. 1332 chancellor (king's) 1/54/11 (RRS, vi, no. 10)
17 Jun. 1341 bishop of Brechin 1/54/16 (RRS, vi, no. 25)
18 Jun. 1341 bishop of Brechin 1/54/17 (RRS, vi, no. 26)
18 Jun. 1341 bishop of Brechin 1/54/18 (RRS, vi, no. 27)
18 Jun. 1341 bishop of Brechin 1/54/19 (RRS, vi, no. 28)
22 Jun., 1341 X 1344 bishop of Brechin 1/54/22 (RRS, vi, no. 483)
17 Sept. 1341 Dominus (Seigneur - Lord - Sir) 1/54/25 (RRS, vi, no. 33)
17 Sept. 1341 bishop of Brechin 1/54/25 (RRS, vi, no. 33)
17 Sept. 1341 Dominus (Seigneur - Lord - Sir) 1/54/26 (RRS, vi, no. 34)
17 Sept. 1341 bishop of Brechin 1/54/26 (RRS, vi, no. 34)
29 May 1342 bishop of Brechin 1/54/49 (RRS, vi, no. 51 )
18 Jun. 1342 bishop of Brechin 1/54/50 (RRS, vi, no. 52)
18 Jun. 1342 Dominus (Seigneur - Lord - Sir) 1/54/51 (RRS, vi, no. 53)
18 Jun. 1342 bishop of Brechin 1/54/51 (RRS, vi, no. 53)
31 Oct. 1343 bishop of Brechin 1/54/79 (RRS, vi, no. 76)
14 Apr. 1345 bishop of Brechin 1/54/94 (RRS, vi, no. 89)
Oct. 1346 X 1349 bishop of Brechin 1/54/118 (RRS, vi, no. 490)
Oct. 1346 X 1349 bishop of Brechin 1/54/119 (RRS, vi, no. 491)
20 Nov. 1360 bishop of Brechin 1/54/275 (RRS, vi, no. 248)
20 Nov. 1360 bishop of Brechin 1/54/276 (RRS, vi, no. 249)


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17 March 1328 Promise to pay £20,000 to Edward III 1/53/393 (RRS, v, no. 345)
6 February 1331 Gift of lordship (superiority) of Uras (KCD) with rent of 10 marks 1/54/5 (RRS, vi, no. 5)
1 March 1331 Gift of half the land of Kinfauns (PER) 1/54/6 (RRS, vi, no. 6)
21 March 1331 Gift of Lochurd (PEB) 1/54/7 (RRS, vi, no. 7)
29 November 1331 Inspection of charter of Malcolm of Findon to Nicholas Liddell, burgess of Aberdeen 1/54/10 (RRS, vi, no. 8)
10 March 1332 Gift of Whiteriggs and Redmyre (KCD) 1/54/11 (RRS, vi, no. 10)
17 June 1341 Inspection of William I general confirmation to Arbroath abbey 1/54/16 (RRS, vi, no. 25)
18 June 1341 Inspection of charter of Alexander II to Arbroath abbey of Nigg (KCD) 1/54/17 (RRS, vi, no. 26)
18 June 1341 Inspection of charter of Alexander II to Arbroath abbey over 10 marks from Monifieth 1/54/18 (RRS, vi, no. 27)
18 June 1341 Inspection of charter of Robert I to Arbroath abbey anent Tarves 1/54/19 (RRS, vi, no. 28)
22 June, 1341 X 1344 Concession of Inverbervie (KCD) in free burgh 1/54/22 (RRS, vi, no. 483)
17 September 1341 Inspection of letters of Robert I confirming possessions of Scone abbey 1/54/25 (RRS, vi, no. 33)
17 September 1341 Inspection of charter of Robert I to Scone abbey about thanage of Scone (PER) 1/54/26 (RRS, vi, no. 34)
29 May 1342 Gift of Douglasdale (LAN), Carmichael (LAN), Selkirk Forest (SLK), Lauderdale (BWK), Bedrule (ROX), Eskdale (ROX), Staplegordon (DMF), Buittle in Galloway (KCB), Romanno (PEB), and of the (burgh) ferme of Rutherglen (LAN) 1/54/49 (RRS, vi, no. 51 )
18 June 1342 Gift of land in Galloway in sheriffdom of Dumfries 1/54/50 (RRS, vi, no. 52)
18 June 1342 Inspection of charter of Robert I inspecting a charter of Earl Maldoven of Lennox over Luss (DNB) 1/54/51 (RRS, vi, no. 53)
31 October 1343 Inspection of charter of Margaret Stewart, countess of Angus, to Arbroath abbey 1/54/79 (RRS, vi, no. 76)
14 April 1345 Confirmation of right of patronage of church of Pencaitland (ELO) 1/54/94 (RRS, vi, no. 89)
October 1346 X 1349 Gift of barony of Roberton (LAN) 1/54/118 (RRS, vi, no. 490)
October 1346 X 1349 Gift of Dalruscan and Robertmore (DMF) 1/54/119 (RRS, vi, no. 491)