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Maule

(Maul, Maull)

The family name of the Lords and Earls of Panmure. There are strong associations between the name and Angus with, for example, street names in Monifieth. Guarin de Maule's came from France with the Normans and indeed may have fought at the Battle of Hastings (1066). His son Robert de Maule accompanied David I to Scotland when he succeeded to the throne in 1124. Sir Thomas Maule (1521 - 1600) was Ambassador to France and fought at the Battles of Hadden Rigg (1542) and Pinkie (1547). Patrick Maule (1585 - 1661) was a courtier to King James VI and Charles I, who was created Earl of Panmure and Lord Maule of Brechin and Navar in 1646 and granted lands around Brechin and Arbroath. James Maule, the 4th Earl (1658 - 1723), was a Jacobite who fought at Sheriffmuir, fled to the continent and thus lost the family estates. His son, General William Maule (1700-82) returned, became a loyal soldier, bought back the estates and recovered the Earldom. However, dying without children his estates were divided between a cousin George Ramsay, the 8th Earl of Dalhousie (d.1787) and George's second son, William. In 1782, William assumed the name Maule and was created Baron Panmure of Brechin and Navar. Fox Maule was the son of the 1st Baron Panmure and succeeding his father in 1852. Following the death of his second cousin, the statesman John Ramsay (1812-60), he became the 11th Earl of Dalhousie and adopted the name Maule Ramsay (1861). Fox Maule Ramsay died childless and the Barony of Panmure became extinct.


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