Lord Henry Murray

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Lord Henry Murray
4th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
In office
Monarch George III
Preceded by Alexander Shaw
Succeeded by Cornelius Smelt
Personal details
Henry Murray

13 June 1767
Died 3 December 1805 (1805-12-04) (aged 38)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Eliza Kent
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch/service Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Irish Rebellion of 1798

Lord Henry Murray (13 June 1767 – 3 December 1805) was a soldier and administrator who served as the fourth Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.


Born the fourth son of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl,[1] Henry Murray was appointed Colonel of the newly formed Royal Manx Fencibles in September 1795.[2] The following year saw the regiment being deployed to Derry in anticipation of the Irish Rebellion of 1798[2] and in June 1798 he ordered the burning of Ballymoney in reprisal for the rebellion.[3] In February 1802 he went to Bath to recover from a bout of gout and later that year, following the Peace of Amiens, his regiment was disbanded at Whitehaven.[2] Murray acted from 1804 as Lieutenant Governor and Deputy to his brother, John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl, in his role as Governor of the Isle of Man.[4] Murray died in office only a year later in 1805:[4] there is a memorial to him at Old Kirk Braddan.[5]


In 1786 he married Eliza Kent; they had one son and five daughters.[1] There is a memorial to his son, Lieutenant-Colonel The Hon. Richard Murray, Coldstream Guards (1787-1843), in Old Kirk Braddan.[6]

His daughter Amelia (Emily) Jane Murray married General Sir John Oswald.[7]


  1. ^ a b The Peerage.com
  2. ^ a b c Some notes on the Royal Manx Fencibles by A. W. Moore
  3. ^ The Uprising in North Antrim Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b World Statesmen
  5. ^ The Athol Lords of Man
  6. ^ Features of Old Kirk Braddan
  7. ^ "The Moth Fairy". Leicester Galleries. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
Government offices
Preceded by
Alexander Shaw
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Succeeded by
Cornelius Smelt
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