Moray, the son of a Scottish laird from Perthshire, was soldier, scientist, and politician. He spent many years in the French service, acting as go‐between for Charles I. He took part in the earl of Glencairn's rising in Scotland in 1654 before returning again to the continent, where he practised music and chemistry. After the Restoration, Moray took a prominent part in the foundation of the Royal Society, acted as president, and looked after Charles II's private laboratory in Whitehall.
Subjects: British History — Philosophy.