Elizabeth Murray (née Virgin)

1778 - 1857


  1. Only child of Samuel Virgin of Hope and Bull Dead estates in Jamaica and his wife Sarah. Baptised in Clarendon in 1778. Married to William Murray who himself owned considerable 'slave-property'. Her father's estates in Jamaica were left in trust, the profits to be given to Elizabeth for her own use separate to that of her husband. Widowed by 1851 and living at 29 Brunswick Terrace in Hove, age 72, born Jamaica, with her grand-daughter Mary C. Floyd, 3 female servants and 2 male servants.

  2. Living in Grosvenor Street, Grosvenor Square in London in 1834.

  3. The will of Elizabeth Murray, widow of Brunswick Terrace, Brighton, was proved in London in 1857. Her first legacy was of the portrait of her (the testator) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, which she left to her daughter Hon. Dame Sarah Joanna Webster, wife of Sir Godfrey Webster. Among other monetary legacies she left £5000 to her grandson Edward William Bonham.


  1. PROB 11/1566/347. 1851 census online.

  2. T71/860 Manchester claim no. 111; T71/1188.

  3. PROB 11/2250/16.

Further Information

Maiden Name
William Murray
Mary, Sarah Joanna

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1815 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Trust beneficiary

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

In her will made in 1852 proved in 1857, Elizabeth Murray left the 'portrait of myself' by Sir Thomas Lawrence to her daughter Sarah Joanna Webster. LBS has not been able to trace this portrait,... 

Relationships (8)

Wife → Husband
Mother → Daughter
Mother → Daughter
Testator → Trustee
Testator → Trustee
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Daughter → Father
Daughter → Mother

Addresses (2)

29 Brunswick Terrace, Hove, Sussex, South-west England, England
8 Lower Grosvenor Street, London, Middlesex, London, England