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MURRAY, Alexander, Canadian geologist, born in Perthshire, Scotland, 2 June, 1811 ; died in January, 1885. He was the son of Anthony Murray, of Crieff, a landed gentleman, was educated at the Royal naval college, Portsmouth, and served in the navy from 1825 till 1835, when he resigned. In 1837 he came to Canada, served during the rebellion, and in 1842 was appointed to aid Sir William Logan in his geological survey of that country. Mr. Murray's labors in connection with demonstrating the relations of the Huron series of rocks to the formations of the lower Silmian age attracted attention. He subsequently conducted a geological survey of Newfoundland and wrote the geology and mineralogy of that island.
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