Lady Inverness was at the centre of the crisis which shook the Jacobites in 1725. Born Marjorie Murray, she married John Hay of Cromlix and followed him into exile after the failure of the 1715 Rising. Marjorie, her husband, and James Murray, her brother, dominated the king and his divisive court, but the queen, Clementina, detested all three of them. So much so that Clementina’s main reason for leaving her family in 1725 was Murray’s appointment as governor, although she also suspected her husband of having an affair with Marjorie. Such rumours, which were probably untrue, damaged the reputation of the Jacobites. Some also suspected Marjorie of being a secret agent for the British government.