George Murray (bishop of Rochester)

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George Murray
Bishop of Rochester
George Murray by Samuel Lane.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Rochester
In office 1827–1860
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, Middlesex
Nationality British
Denomination Christianity (Anglican)
Residence Chester Square, London
Parents George and Anne Murray
Spouse Sarah Hay-Drummond
Children 6 daughters; 5 sons inc.
George Hay Murray
Education Harrow School
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
For the Bishop of St David's, see Lord George Murray (bishop).

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, second son of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl, Chief of Clan Murray. His mother (who died 1844) was Anne Charlotte, daughter of Francis Grant (MP and general); Anne served as Lady-in-Waiting to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (wife of George III).[1] His youngest sister was Amelia was also a courtier, and a writer.[2]

He 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 Herbert Harley Murray and the George Murray (Rector of Southfleet, Kent), grandfather of Ralph Hay Murray and ancestor of Bruce Murray, 12th 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; 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. 
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