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MURRAY, John, British soldier, born in St. James, Jamaica, about 1774; died in Brighton, England, 21 February, 1862. He entered the army as ensign of the 37th regiment in 1792, served creditably in the Netherlands, and was wounded and taken prisoner at Ostend. When the 100th regiment was raised he was appointed its lieutenant-colonel, and was sent with it to Canada, where he became inspecting field-officer of militia, and in that capacity led the advance corps in the Niagara district to keep in check a superior force of Americans. He subsequently took Fort George, cleared the peninsula of the enemy, and carried Fort Niagara by assault in December, 1813, taking the commandant and the greater part of the garrison prisoners. In 1815 he returned to England, but he soon removed for the benefit of his health to France, where he remained many years.
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