George Murray (British Army officer)

The Right Honourable
Sir George Murray
George Murray portrait by George Theodore Berthon
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies
In office
30 May 1828 – 22 November 1830
Monarch George IV
William IV
Prime Minister The Duke of Wellington
Preceded by William Huskisson
Succeeded by The Viscount Goderich
Personal details
Born 6 February 1772 (1772-02-06)
Perth, Perthshire
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Belgrave Square, London
Nationality British
Political party Tory

Sir George Murray, GCB, GCH, FRS (6 February 1772 – 28 July 1846) was a British soldier and politician from Scotland.


  • Background and education 1
  • Military career 2
  • Political career 3
  • Other public appointments 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Legacy 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Background and education

Murray was born in George, 3rd Earl of Cromartie.

Military career

In 1789, Murray obtained a commission into the 71st Foot,[1] reaching the rank of captain in 1794, and seeing service in Flanders (1794–95),[1] the West Indies, England and Ireland. In 1799 he was made a lieutenant-colonel, entering the Quartermaster General's Department and making his considerable reputation as Quartermaster General (1808–11) during the Peninsular War, under the Duke of Wellington, and receiving promotion to Colonel in 1809.[1] After a brief period as Quartermaster General in Ireland, Murray returned to the Peninsular Campaign as Major-General (1813–14), and was invested with the Order of the Bath in 1813.[1] During the Peninsular War he was present at the battles of A Coruña, Talavera, Busaco, Fuentes de Oñoro, Vittoria, Nivelle, Nive, Orthez and Toulouse. His Peninsular Gold Medal had six clasps - only the Duke of Wellington, with nine clasps, Sir Dennis Pack and Lord Beresford, with seven each, had more clasps to their medal.[2]

He was briefly in Canada from December 1814 to May 1815 where he was appointed provisional Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada and reviewed the defences of Canada.[1] He quickly returned to Europe following Napoleon's escape from Elba, but arrived too late to take part in the Battle of Waterloo.

After cessation of hostilities, Murray was based in France as Chief of Staff to the Army of Occupation and, thereafter, he was appointed Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1819.[1] He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Oxford in 1820 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1824. In 1825 he married Lady Louisa Erskine, widow of Sir James Erskine of Torrie (1772–1825). Subsequently he was made Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance and then Commander-in-Chief, Ireland, but in 1828 he resigned the position and became Colonial Secretary.[1] He was later Master-General of the Ordnance from 1834[3] to 1835 and again between 1841 and 1846.[1]

Political career

Murray was a Tory and later Conservative in politics. He was Member of Parliament for Perthshire from 1824–1832 and from 1834 until he retired in 1835. He served as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from 1828 to 1830.[1] He also contested Westminster in 1837 and Manchester in both 1839 and 1841, without success.

Other public appointments

Murray was also President of the

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Drummond
Member of Parliament for Perthshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Ormelie
Preceded by
The Earl of Ormelie
Member of Parliament for Perthshire
Succeeded by
Hon. Fox Maule
Military offices
New regiment Colonel of the 7th Battalion, 60th Regiment of Foot
Battalion disbanded
Preceded by
The Lord Hill
Colonel of the 72nd Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir John Hope
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Hope
Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Hope
Preceded by
The Earl of Hopetoun
Colonel of the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir John Macdonald
Preceded by
The Viscount Beresford
Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir William Henry Clinton
Preceded by
The Viscount Combermere
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir John Byng
Preceded by
The Lord Lynedoch
Colonel of the 1st, or The Royal Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir James Kempt
Political offices
Preceded by
William Huskisson
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies
Succeeded by
The Viscount Goderich
Preceded by
Sir James Kempt
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Hussey Vivian, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Hussey Vivian, Bt
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Anglesey
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir George Murray
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External links

  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832–1885, edited by M. Stenton (The Harvester Press 1976)
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dictionary of Canadian Biography on-line
  2. ^ , p259The British Army Against NapoleonBob Burnham:
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19222. p. 2285. 19 December 1834.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 18614. p. 1766. 25 September 1829.
  5. ^ Major Augustus F. Mockler-Ferryman F.R.G.S., F.Z.S. `Annals of Sandhurst : a chronicle of the Royal Military College from its foundation to the present day, with a sketch of the history of the Staff College` (London: William Heinemann, 1900)
  6. ^  


The Murray River and Mount Murray in eastern Australia, the Murray River in Western Australia and Murray House in Hong Kong are named after him. The city of Perth, Western Australia was named in his honour after his parliamentary constituency Perthshire.[6]

[5] The Memorials to Governors in the Chapel of the present-day


Muray was married to Lady Louisa Erskine (1777-1842), sister of his fellow general, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. His substantial papers and maps were given to the National Library of Scotland by a great-niece in 1913.

Personal life


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