Charles Murray, Lord Murray

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Rt Hon Charles David Murray, Lord Murray CMG PC KC DL FRSE (20 October 1866 – 9 June 1936) was a Scottish Tory politician, lawyer and judge. He became Lord Advocate in 1922.


62 Great King Street, Edinburgh
The grave of Charles Murray, Lord Murray, Warriston Cemetery

He was born in London the son of David William Murray, a merchant.

Murray was educated at Edinburgh Academy and then studied Law at Edinburgh University and was admitted as an advocate in 1889 and appointed a King's Counsel in 1909.[1] He was a Major in the Fourth Division of the Royal Engineers (Volunteers), resigning in 1907. He was on the War Office staff from 1915 to 1917, and was appointed a temporary Lieutenant Colonel and Director of National Service for Scotland in 1917. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG; Military Division) in 1918. He became Sheriff of Renfrewshire and Buteshire in 1918, and was awarded an LLD by Edinburgh University in 1919.

Murray was an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate in Edinburgh South in 1910, but was elected for the seat in December 1918, holding it until October 1922. He was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates from 1919 to 1920, and was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in March 1920.[2] He was sworn of the Privy Council[3] and promoted to Lord Advocate in March 1922,[4] holding office until October of that year. He was then raised to the bench with the judicial title Lord Murray, where he served until his death in 1936.

In 1923 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Francis Gibson Baily, James Hartley Ashworth, Sir Francis Grant Ogilvy, Sir Edmund Taylor Whittaker and William A. P. Tait.[5]

In later life he is listed as living at 62 Great King Street in Edinburgh's Second New Town, a large and impressive Georgian townhouse.[6]

He became a deputy lieutenant of Fife in 1922.[7]

He died in Edinburgh on 9 June 1936 and is buried in the central roundel in Warriston Cemetery.


In 1896 he was married to Annie Florence Nicolson !1873-1968)

Their eldest son, David Charles Graeme Murray, married the Comtesse Elena Maia Sollohub.

His second son, Crichton Gavin Murray died whilst a child.

His third son, Keith Anderson Hope Murray (1903-1993), became Baron Murray of Newhaven.

His fourth son, Charles Dean Leslie Murray (1906-1972) was also an advocate.


  1. ^ "No. 12130". The Edinburgh Gazette. 2 April 1909. p. 341. 
  2. ^ "No. 13583". The Edinburgh Gazette. 2 April 1920. p. 1008. 
  3. ^ "No. 32642". The London Gazette. 17 March 1922. p. 2221. 
  4. ^ "No. 13794". The Edinburgh Gazette. 10 March 1922. p. 456. 
  5. ^ BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF FORMER FELLOWS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. 
  6. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1911-12
  7. ^ "No. 13791". The Edinburgh Gazette. 28 February 1922. p. 382. 

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Edward Parrott
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Samuel Chapman
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