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McMURRAY, William, Canadian clergyman, born in Seagoe, near Portadown, Ireland, 19 September, 1810. He came to Canada with his parents in 1811, was educated under Dr. Strachan (afterward bishop) at Toronto, and sent as a missionary of the Church of England to the Indians at Sault Sainte Marie in 1832. He was ordained priest by Bishop Stewart, of Quebec, in 1833, and became rector of Ancaster in 1840, rural dean of Lincoln and Welland in 1867, and archdeacon of Niagara in 1875. He was instrumental in settling the clergy reserves in 1853, was appointed agent by the senate of Trinity college, Toronto, in 1854, to ask assistance for that institution from the United States, and was sent in 1864 on a similar mission to England. The degree of D.D. was conferred upon him in 1853 by Columbia, and that of doctor of common law in 1857 by the university of Trinity college, Toronto. Dr. McMurray is the oldest clergyman of his church in Canada, with the exception of the metropolitan, Bishop Medley, of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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