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Lord George Murray (bishop)

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George Murray
Bishop of St David's
ChurchChurch in Wales
SeeDiocese of St David's
In office20 December 1800 –3 June 1803
PredecessorWilliam Stuart
SuccessorThomas Burgess
Consecration11 February 1801
Personal details
Born(1761-01-30)30 January 1761
Died3 June 1803(1803-06-03) (aged 42)
SpouseAnne Charlotte Grant

Lord George Murray (30 January 1761 – 3 June 1803) was an Anglican cleric best remembered for his work developing Britain's first optical telegraph, which began relaying messages from London to Deal in 1796, a few years after Claude Chappe's system began operation in France. He was Bishop of Saint David's from 1801 until his death.


Murray was the second son of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl. He was Archdeacon of Man from 1787 to 1801. On 19 November 1800, Murray was nominated bishop of St. David's. He was elected on 6 December, confirmed on 7 and consecrated on 11 February 1801. He caught a chill waiting for his carriage on leaving the House of Lords, and died at Cavendish Square on 3 June 1803.[1]


He married Anne Charlotte Grant, lady in waiting to Queen Charlotte. He had nine children;


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainPollard, Albert Frederick (1894). "Murray, George (1761-1803)". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 39. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 361.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Stuart
Bishop of Saint David's
Succeeded by
Thomas Burgess
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