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James L Murray, SV/PROG 1

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: May 31, 1836 (60-68)
Strand, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Maria Wilhelmina Murray
Father of Richard Armstrong Murray; George Burleigh Sheggog Murray, Snr; Alexander Hugh Murray, Snr; Mary Jane Norval, SM/PROG; Margaret Ann Murray and 3 others
Brother of Andrew Murray

Occupation: Gardener
Managed by: Private User
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About James L Murray, SV/PROG 1

Death Notice: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQJ-6QD1

1820 British Settler


James Murray 48 Gardener, together with his wife Sarah Armstrong 40, and their 8 children, were members of Parker's Party of Settlers on the East Indian.

Party originated from Cork, Ireland.

Departure Cork, Ireland 12 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 1 May 1820. Final Port Saldhana Bay.

Children :

  • Richard Armstrong Murray 16,
  • George Burleigh Murray 13,
  • Mary Jane Murray 10,
  • Alexander Hugh Murray 10
  • Margaret Anne Murray 8,
  • Martha Murray 6,
  • Sarah Atkins Murray 4,
  • James Murray 2



Lived for thirteen years in the service of the late Countys Dowager of Beetive, as landsteward and gardener at Summerhill in the County of Meath, until her Ladyships death

Travelled to South Africa with the Parker party on the East India ship as part of the British Government Settler Scheme. The ship departed from Cork on the 12th February 1820, arriving in Simon's Bay on the 1st May 1820.


Owner of Family Tree: einnes Name Of Partner: Sarah ARMSTRONG


James and Sarah emigrated to South Africa in 1820 on the ship "East Indian" as members of Parker's party Irish group. As mentioned in his son, Richard Armstrong Murray's will (see IFB: Reminiscences) he had a brother Alexander Murray, married to Hannah, both of Clapham, Surrey, both of whom appear to have died in the late 1830s. Mary Jane's death notice gives George Murray. James went to Ireland as a young man.

Extract from The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa by Harold Edward Hockly:



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James L Murray, SV/PROG 1's Timeline

Edinburgh, Scotland
February 28, 1804
Age 32
Dublin, Ireland
February 12, 1806
Age 34
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
February 21, 1808
Age 36
January 10, 1810
Age 38
Dublin, Ireland, England
February 3, 1812
Age 40
Dublin, Ireland
February 23, 1814
Age 42
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
April 1815
Age 43
Age 46
Drumcrool, Dumfriesshire, Scotland