Wilson, Murray (1828-1913)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879

Murray was born on 27 October 1828 at Douglas, Isle of Man.


His obituary records that he was a loyal son of our Church, and sound in his evangelistic faith, though sometimes he attended an Anglican service in the famous old Bath Abbey, and had friendly intercourses with some of the city clergymen.

In his palmy days he was regarded as one of the most popular preachers. He was in the heyday of his strength when rhetorical and flowery preaching was much in the vogue, and his preaching was distinctly of that type.

Favoured with a striking presence, possessing a silvery voice, which was excellently managed, and devoted to the art of poetical speech, his preaching was of that charming order which arrested attention, excited the emotions and moved the people with a strange fascination.


Murray married Caroline Mansell (1839-1868) in 1856 in West London.

Murray married Alice Osmond (1851-1891) in the spring of 1876 at Bath, Somerset. Census returns identify three children.

  • Winifred J (b1878) – a boarding house landlady in 1911
  • Murray Richard Osmond (abt 1881-1928) – a physician and surgeon
  • Beatrice Mary (b1881) – a boarding house landlady in 1911 with Winifred

Murray married Elizabeth Tibbitt (b 1846) in 1897 at Luton, Bedfordshire.

Murray died on 2 May 1913 at Romford, Essex.


  • 1851 Isle of Wight
  • 1853 London l
  • 1855 Luton
  • 1856 Walworth
  • 1857 London ll
  • 1858 High Wycombe
  • 1861 Reading
  • 1864 Luton
  • 1868 London lV
  • 1870 Leighton Buzzard
  • 1871 Douglas
  • 1872 Rochdale
  • 1874 Helmshore
  • 1875 Bath
  • 1878 Penzance
  • 1880 Luton l
  • 1882 Ramsgate
  • 1884 Buxton
  • 1886 Bath ll (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1869/173 (Caroline); 1879 (portrait);

PM Minutes 1913/56

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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