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Charles Murray, the poet

Charles Murray, portrait by his sister Sarah 1887 (him age 23).
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.

Charles Murray, the Scottish poet (see here and search),
born Alford, Aberdeenshire, Sept 1864,
mother died 1868,
in census 1881 he is found with sister at "25 Broomhill, Aberdeenshire",
became land surveyor in Aberdeen,
emigrated to South Africa 1888, lived there for decades,
wrote poetry in "Doric" dialect (NE Scotland dialect) while in "exile" in South Africa,
wrote poetry in his spare time while pursuing a successful career in South Africa, as a prospector, mine surveyor, civil engineer and mine manager, finally as a senior colonial civil servant,
mar 1895 to Edith Rogers [Edith Emma Rogers, born 1871, Cape Town, dau of William H. Rogers],
he served in Second Boer War (1899-1902), he was Lieutenant in Railway Pioneer Regiment, Transvaal, 1900-01,
government took him out of uniform and into civil service, made him Deputy Inspector of Mines,
his volume of poetry Hamewith ("Homeward"), pub 1900, became popular with 2nd edn 1909,
became senior civil servant,
he was Secretary for Public Works, South Africa, 1910-24,
served in WWI (1914-18),
his volume of poetry A Sough o War, pub 1917,
his volume of poetry In the Country Places, pub 1920,
he was the most popular Scots poet of the early 20th century,
LLD (honoris causa) from Aberdeen University 1920,
CMG 1922,
retired to Scotland 1924,
settled in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, SW of Aberdeen,
died Banchory, 12th Apr 1941, age 76 yrs,
ashes interred in Kirkyard of Alford, near other Murray family graves,
Edith died Banchory, 1946, age 75 yrs [grave, Alford],
had issue:

  1. (son) Murray, born 1897.
    Apparently he is William Murray [William D.], living 1963 at Faglee, Hawksworth Lane, Guiseley, Yorkshire (see label of this box).

  2. Sheila Murray.
  3. (dau) Murray.

Bust of Charles Murray, 1925.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.

Grave of Charles Murray, Alford.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.

Memorial gates to Charles Murray, entrance to Murray Park, Alford.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.
See similar shot.

The plaque on the gates above.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.

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