George Murray (Bishop of Rochester)
|Bishop of Rochester|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Rochester|
|Elected||24 November 1827|
|Term ended||1860 (death)|
|Other posts||Dean of Worcester
Bishop of Sodor and Man
|Consecration||6 March 1814|
12 January 1784|
|Died||16 February 1860
Chester Square, London
|Buried||Kensal Green, London|
|Residence||Chester Square, London|
|Parents||Rt Revd Lord & Lady George Murray (Anne Grant)|
|Spouse||Lady Sarah Hay-Drummond|
|Children||6 daughters; 5 sons inc. Revd George|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
Background and education
A member of Clan Murray, he was born at Farnham, the second son of the Right Reverend Lord George Murray, second son of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl. His mother was Anne Charlotte Grant lady in waiting to Queen Charlotte (wife George III), daughter of Lieutenant-General Francis Grant. He went to Harrow and matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, on 22 December 1801, graduating B.A. in 1806, M.A. in 1810, and D.D. by diploma on 13 March 1814.
On 29 September 1808 he was installed, like his father, archdeacon of Man; on 22 May 1813 he was nominated Bishop of Sodor and Man by his cousin the Duke of Atholl, and consecrated on 6 March 1814. On 24 November 1827 he was elected bishop of Rochester, receiving back the temporalities on 14 December 1827, and on 19 March 1828 was nominated Dean of Worcester, being succeeded in 1845 by John Peel.
While commending the character of the leaders of the Oxford movement, Murray attacked some of the Tracts for the Times, especially Nos. 81 and 90, in his episcopal charge of October 1843. Several of his sermons and charges were published.
Murray married, on 5 May 1811, Lady Sarah Hay-Drummond, second daughter of Robert Hay-Drummond, 10th Earl of Kinnoull, by whom he had five sons and six daughters, including Sir Herbert Harley Murray and Reverend George Edward Murray, ancestor of the present Duke of Atholl. His youngest daughter Eleanor Margaret Murray married John Jolliffe Tufnell of Langleys in Essex, they had 10 children and he already had 7 children from his previous marriage. John and Eleanor's daughter married Hon Edward Strutt who founded Strutt and Parkers Estate agents.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Murray, George (1761-1803)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
|Church of England titles|
|Bishop of Sodor and Man
|Bishop of Rochester