Box icon John Murray VII (1941- )

Photo of John Murray VII

John Murray VII, son of John 'Jock' Murray VI and Diana Murray, joined the firm in 1964 after a lengthy apprenticeship in printing, binding and bookselling. In 1970 he married Virginia Lascelles, who later became the John Murray archivist, caring for the collection and its many researchers with great passion and intellect.

In 1987, management of the company was given over to Murray VII. At the end of the 20th century, Murray continued to publish a diverse array of quality works, which included works of travel, military, biography, history, fiction and education.

When Murray VII decided to sell the publishing company in 2002 to Hodder Headline, it was the oldest independent family-run publishing house in the world. Books are still proudly published under the John Murray imprint today.

2006 saw the first transfer of the John Murray Archive to the National Library of Scotland. The purchase of the collection was made possible by substantial grants from the Scottish Executive and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The John R Murray Charitable Trust was established from the proceeds of the sale and it assists the library in the care and promotion of access to the John Murray Archive.

In 2007 John and Virginia Murray delivered the inaugural annual Edinburgh Bibliographic Society John Murray Archive lecture at the National Library of Scotland.




NRA Name: N/A but Murray, John Richmond Grey (1941- ), publisher.

The National Register of Archives (NRA) contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history in archival holdings in the UK and overseas. You can find more information on the National Register of Archives name authority catalogue.

Top of page


Topics in the archive



Other figures in Murray publishing:


Location map of Albermarle Street premises:
Map of Britain showing notable locations
View other notable JMA locations in Google Maps