George Murray (Bishop of Rochester)

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George Murray
Bishop of Rochester
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Rochester
Elected 24 November 1827
Term ended 1860 (death)
Predecessor Hugh Percy
Successor Joseph Wigram
Other posts Dean of Worcester
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Consecration 6 March 1814
Personal details
Born (1784-01-12)12 January 1784
Farnham, Surrey
Died 16 February 1860(1860-02-16) (aged 76)
Chester Square, London
Buried Kensal Green, London
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
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

George Murray (12 January 1784 – 16 February 1860) was a British churchman, Archdeacon of Man, Dean of Worcester, Bishop of Sodor and Man and Bishop of Rochester.

Background and education[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.

George died, after a protracted illness, at his town residence in Chester Square, London, on 16 February 1860, aged 76, and was buried in the family vault at Kensal Green.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Claudius Crigan
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Succeeded by
William Ward
Preceded by
Hugh Percy
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
Joseph Wigram