Ian Murray (bishop)

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Ian Murray
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Reference style The Right Reverend
Spoken style Your Lordship / My Lord
Religious style Bishop
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Ian Murray (born 15 December 1932) is the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, Scotland.

Early life[edit]

Ian 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.


Ian 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, Ian 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, Ian 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.


In 1999, Ian was nominated Bishop of Argyll and the Isles by Pope John Paul II and ordained by Archbishop Keith O'Brien on 7 December that year.

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.

Ian'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'”.[citation needed]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Roderick Wright
Bishop of Argyll and the Isles
Succeeded by
Joseph Toal