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John Murray


(4th Earl of Dunmore)

1732 - 1809

Colonial governor. Born at Taymouth, Murray succeeded his father to Earldom of Dunmore in 1756. He served as Governor of New York (1770) and then as the last Governor of Virginia (1771-76). In this latter role, he led a campaign against the indians, usually referred to as Lord Dunmore's War (1774). He tried to hold Virginia for the Crown against the revolting colonists, but was forced to retreat to a British warship, which he used to attack Norfolk (Virginia). He returned to Britain, but went on to serve as Governor of the Bahamas (1787-96).

He died in Ramsgate (England).


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