Ian Murray (bishop)
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Murray was born in Lennoxtown as the eldest of the four children of John and Margaret Murray. He was educated at St Machan's Primary School and St Ninian's High School in Kirkintilloch and the National Junior Seminary of St Mary's College, Blairs, Aberdeen.
Murray completed his studies at the Royal Scots College then in Valladolid, Spain. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh in the college chapel on 17 March 1956 by Bishop Joseph McGee.
After ordination, Murray served at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, St Kenneth's Lochore and St Columba's Edinburgh. Thereafter he returned to Valladolid as vice-rector of the college until 1970. When he came back to Scotland he took up the post of Catholic chaplain at the University of Stirling where he remained until 1977. After that he served in Our Lady and St Bride's Cowdenbeath and St Ninian's Restalrig.
From 1987 to 1994, Murray was rector of the college in Valladolid and in Salamanca after its transfer to that city. On his return to Scotland he served in Galashiels and Falkirk and was appointed vicar general of the diocese.
On 16 October 2008, having reached 75, the age of retirement for a bishop, he submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI, who appointed Joseph Toal to succeed him. In retirement Murray lives in Edinburgh.
Murray's motto is "Obedience gives strength" taken from the words of St Teresa of Avila who wrote, “When I was in Salamanca in 1571 the Lord said to me, 'Daughter, obedience gives strength'”.
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