THE senior partner of the firm of John Bruce Murray & Co. is a son of the late David Alexander Bruce Murray, ship owner, Glasgow, and Anne Newsom, eldest daughter of Richard Neville Parker of Waterview, County Cork, and was born at Glasgow in 1853. His father, as a partner of the firm of Reid & Murray, started the first regular line of sailing ships under the British flag between Glasgow and New York in 1843, and afterwards founded the Clyde Screw Steam Packet Company, which carried on the Atlantic trade from Glasgow until its vessels were withdrawn to act as transports during the Crimean War. Mr. Murray has followed his father's career in shipping, and was Manager of the State Line of steamers from 1883 until 1891, when that undertaking was absorbed by the Allan Line. Since then he has carried on business as a ship owner in the general carrying trade. He has held numerous public offices connected with shipping; was President of the Clyde Steamship Owners' Association in 1901 and 1902; is a Director of the North of England Protecting and Indemnity Association, and Chairman of its Scottish Sub-Committee ; and is a representative for Scotland on the Board of the Shipping Federation, London. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Chamber of Shipping, and has recently been appointed a member of Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping. He has taken an active interest in municipal affairs, and in 1900 was elected a representative of the 15th (Park) Ward on the Town Council, to which position he has been twice re-elected. He has been a Magistrate of the city since 1904, and amongst other civic matters to which he has specially directed his attention may be mentioned police court procedure and the treatment of first offenders, and he was largely instrumental in inducing the Corporation of Glasgow to adopt and establish in the Police Courts of Glasgow the system of probation guardianship, which has recently received the approval of the legislature, and been extended by "The Probation of Offenders Act (1907)." He has travelled for business and pleasure on the Continent and in the United States and Canada, and at home finds his recreation in golf. In 1886 he married Jane, youngest daughter of the late George Winn, of Askrigg, Yorkshire, by whom he has two daughters.
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)