Tributes paid to former Roman Catholic bishop

Bishop Ian Murray died aged 83 on Friday, January 22.

Bishop Ian Murray died aged 83 on Friday, January 22.

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Tributes have been paid to Bishop Ian Murray, former Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, who died on Friday aged 83.

Bishop Murray held the post from 1999 until his retirement in 2008.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland said: “On behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland I would like to offer Bishop Murray’s family our deepest and most prayerful sympathies.

“During his active years as a bishop, Ian Murray played a full part in the life and work of the Bishops’ Conference, contributing with humanity, faith and humour to everything that we did. He will be sorely missed. May God rest his generous soul.”

Ian Murray was born in Lennoxtown in Dunbartonshire and was ordained to the priesthood in March 1956. He had spells as a curate in Fife and Edinburgh, and became the first Catholic chaplain of the University of Stirling before being made rector of the Royal Scots College in Spain.

He later served in Galashiels and as a parish priest in Slamannan and Falkirk, as well as being Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

Monsignor Jamie MacNeil, diocesan administrator of Argyll and the Isles, said: “We have very fond memories of Bishop Ian and are very sad to hear the news of his death. The priests and people of the diocese will make heartfelt prayers for the repose of his soul with gratitude to God for his service and his leadership in our diocese.”

The new Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Bishop-elect Brian McGee said: “It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Bishop Ian Murray. I will pray for the repose of his soul while I am in Rome and join with so many others across Scotland, mourning his loss.”