MURRAY, Ronald (1922-2016).



Family and Education

Offices Held


Born in Glasgow in June 1922, Ronald Murray was educated at Edinburgh and Jesus College, Oxford. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Engineers, before becoming an Advocate in 1953. In 1950 he married Shiela Gamlin, with whom he had two children, and he pursued a successful legal career, becoming a QC in 1967.

Murray contested three Scottish seats in four elections between 1959 and 1965 before being elected for Edinburgh Leith between 1970 and 1979. He became Lord Advocate in 1974 and was appointed to the Privy Council. On losing his seat in 1979 he continued his legal career, appointed to the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary as Lord Murray in 1979. His political activism continued with active opposition to the atomic bomb through the World Court Project. He died in September 2016.

Click here to listen to the full interview with Ronald Murray in the British Library.

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