George Murray (bishop of Rochester)

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George Murray
Bishop of Rochester
George Murray by Samuel Lane.jpg
DioceseDiocese of Rochester
In office1827–1860
PredecessorHugh Percy
SuccessorJoseph Wigram
Other postsDean of Worcester
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Consecration6 March 1814
Personal details
Born(1784-01-12)12 January 1784
Farnham, Surrey
Died16 February 1860(1860-02-16) (aged 76)
Chester Square, London
BuriedKensal Green, Middlesex
DenominationChristianity (Anglican)
ResidenceChester Square, London
ParentsGeorge and Anne Murray
SpouseSarah Hay-Drummond
Children6 daughters; 5 sons inc.
George Hay Murray
EducationHarrow School
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

George Murray (12 January 1784 – 16 February 1860) was an Anglican bishop. He was Bishop of Rochester from 1827 until his death in 1860. He was previously the Archdeacon of Man, Dean of Worcester and Bishop of Sodor and Man.

Background and education[edit]

Murray was born in Farnham, Surrey, the second son of George Murray, Bishop of St David's, himself the second son of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl, Chief of Clan Murray. Murray's mother, Anne Charlotte (d.1844), was the daughter of Francis Grant (MP and general); she served as Lady-in-Waiting to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (wife of George III).[1] Murray's youngest sister was Amelia was also a courtier, and a writer.[2]

Murray attended Harrow before matriculating at Christ Church, Oxford, on 22 December 1801, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1806, proceeding Oxford Master of Arts (MA Oxon) in 1810, and Doctor of Divinity (DD) by diploma on 13 March 1814.


On 29 September 1808, Murray was installed, like his father, as the Archdeacon of Man; on 22 May 1813 he was nominated as Bishop of Sodor and Man by his cousin John Murray, 4th 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 appointed 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, Sarah Hay-Drummond, second daughter of Robert Hay-Drummond, 10th Earl of Kinnoull (by his wife Sarah Harley, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Harley, Lord Mayor of London), by whom he had five sons and six daughters, including:

  • Rev. George Edward Murray (1818–1854), Rector of Southfleet, Kent, who was the great-great grandfather of the 10th duke, great-grandfather 11th duke and the great-great grandfather the current duke, Bruce Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl.[1]
  • Canon Francis Henry Murray (1820–1902), rector of Chislehurst from 1846 to his death in 1902, rural Dean of Dartford from 1887 to 1902, and honorary canon of Canterbury Cathedral.[3]
  • Herbert Harley Murray (1829–1904), Governor of Newfoundland and Chairman of England's Board of Customs.
  • Rev. Frederick William Murray (1831-1913) was the grandfather of Sir Francis Ralph Hay Murray.
  • Eleanor Margaret Murray (youngest daughter), married John Jolliffe Tufnell of Langleys in Essex. They had 10 children and he already had 7 children from his previous marriage; their daughter, Louisa Tufnell, married the Hon Edward Strutt, co-founder of Strutt & Parker (estate agents).

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b " George Murray DD"
  2. ^ Joves (Ed.), E. Vernon (1977). "No Ordinary Courtier". The Carmarthen Historian. XIV: 73.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Obituary - Canon Francis Henry Murray". The Times (36897). London. 13 October 1902. p. 9.
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
Preceded by
James Hook
Dean of Worcester
Succeeded by
John Peel