Andrew Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin

Andrew Graham Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin, GCVO, PC (21 November 1849 – 21 August 1942) was a Scottish politician and judge. He served as Secretary for Scotland between 1903 and 1905, as Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session between 1905 and 1913 and as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary between 1913 and 1932.

The Viscount Dunedin

Secretary for Scotland
In office
9 October 1903  2 February 1905
MonarchEdward VII
Prime MinisterArthur Balfour
Preceded byThe Lord Balfour of Burleigh
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Linlithgow
Lord Justice General
In office
MonarchEdward VII
George V
Preceded byLord Balfour
Succeeded byAlexander Ure
Personal details
Born21 November 1849 (1849-11-21)
Died21 August 1942 (1942-08-22) (aged 92)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)(1) Mary Edmonstone
(2) Jean Elmslie Henderson Findlay (1885-1944)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Background and education

Murray was the son of Thomas Graham Murray and Caroline Jane, daughter of John Tod.[1] His father and grandfather were solicitors, and founding partners of the Edinburgh firm Tods Murray & Jamieson.[2] He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.[3]

Murray was called to the Scottish Bar in 1874 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1891.[1] The latter year he was also elected Member of Parliament for Bute,[4] a seat he held until 1905,[5] and appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in Lord Salisbury's Conservative administration. The Conservatives lost power in 1892 but when they returned to office in 1895 under Salisbury, Murray was once again made Solicitor-General for Scotland.

In 1896 he was promoted to Lord Advocate and sworn of the Privy Council.[6] He remained as Lord Advocate when Arthur Balfour became Prime Minister in 1902, but the following year he succeeded Lord Balfour of Burleigh as Secretary for Scotland,[7] with a seat in the cabinet.

In 1900 he was living at 7 Rothesay Terrace in Edinburgh's fashionable West End.[8]

Judicial career, 1905–1932

Murray left the government and parliament in February 1905, on being appointed Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session.[1] He was raised to the peerage as Baron Dunedin, of Stenton in the County of Perth, on 9 March 1905.[9] He held these posts until 1913, when he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.[1]

During his tenure as a Law Lord he gave long majority judgments in cases including Metropolitan Water Board v Dick Kerr & Co Ltd[10] concerning frustration and Tredegar v. Harwood[11] concerning a landlord's liability to insure premises, Ellerman Lines Ltd v Murray[12] on employment law and excessive reliance on a preamble or draft international instrument, Sorrel v Smith[13] concerning the tort of conspiracy to interfere with a trade or calling, Leyland Shipping Co Ltd v Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd[14] on causation in tort, Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co Ltd v New Garage & Motor Co Ltd[15] on penalty clauses and Plumb v Cobden Flour Mills Co Ltd[16] on employer's liability. In 1923 he was chairman of the Political Honours Review Committee. He retired as a Law Lord in 1932.[1]

Apart from his legal and political career, Lord Dunedin was Sheriff of Perthshire between 1890 and 1891 and Lord Lieutenant of Buteshire between 1901 and 1905.[17] He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1908[18] and a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1922.[19] In 1926 he was further honoured when he was made Viscount Dunedin, of Stenton in the County of Perth.[20]


Lord Dunedin was twice married. He married firstly Mary Clementina, daughter of Admiral Sir William Edmonstone, 4th Baronet, in 1874. They had one son and two daughters. After Mary's death in December 1922 he married secondly Jean Elmslie Henderson Findlay, secretary of the Scottish War Savings Committee in WW1, and daughter of George Findlay, in 1923. They had no children. His only son the Hon. Ronald Thomas Graham Murray (1875–1934) was a Major in the Black Watch and fought in the First World War. However, he died married but childless in September 1934, aged 59, predeceasing his father by eight years. Lord Dunedin died in August 1942, aged 92. As he had no surviving male issue both his titles became extinct on his death.[1]


  1. Andrew Graham Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin
  2. "Brief History – Tods Murray". Tods Murray. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  3. "Murray, Andrew Graham (MRY867AG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. "No. 26213". The London Gazette. 13 October 1891. p. 5353.
  5. "No. 27772". The London Gazette. 7 March 1905. p. 1843.
  6. "No. 26754". The London Gazette. 30 June 1896. p. 3767.
  7. "No. 27604". The London Gazette. 9 October 1903. p. 6147.
  8. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1900-01
  9. "No. 27773". The London Gazette. 10 March 1905. p. 1923.
  10. [1918] AC 119
  11. [1929] A.C. 72
  12. [1931] A.C. 126
  13. [1925] A.C. 700
  14. [1918] A.C. 350
  15. [1915] A.C. 79
  16. [1914] A.C. 62
  17. "No. 27263". The London Gazette. 4 January 1901. p. 82.
  18. "No. 28184". The London Gazette. 9 October 1908. p. 7295.
  19. "No. 32749". The London Gazette. 22 September 1922. p. 1.
  20. "No. 33134". The London Gazette. 19 February 1926. p. 1240.
  • Torrance, David, The Scottish Secretaries (Birlinn 2006)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Robertson
Member of Parliament for Buteshire
Succeeded by
Norman Lamont
Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles Pearson
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
Alexander Asher
Preceded by
Thomas Shaw
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
Charles Dickson
Preceded by
Charles Pearson
Lord Advocate
Succeeded by
Charles Dickson
Preceded by
Lord Balfour
Lord Justice General
Succeeded by
Alexander Ure
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Balfour of Burleigh
Secretary for Scotland
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Linlithgow
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The 3rd Marquess of Bute
Lord Lieutenant of Buteshire
Succeeded by
The 4th Marquess of Bute
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Dunedin
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