Box icon John 'Jock' Murray VI (1909-1993)

Portrait of John Murray VI

John Murray VI, or 'Jock', as he was affectionately known, was the nephew of John Murray V. From an early age Jock was expected to enter the family firm. He was educated at Oxford University, where in 1928 he met poet John Betjeman and cartoonist and designer Osbert Lancaster. Both became lifelong friends, as well as Murray authors.

In 1903 Jock officially added 'Murray' to his name and in 1931 he entered the firm, becoming a partner in 1933. In the early 1930's he assisted with the editing of the 'Quarterly Review' and the Cornhill Magazine. In 1939 he married Diana James (1911- ).

Distinguished and bestselling authors under Jock included Kenneth Clark, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dervla Murphy and Freya Stark.

At this point in the firm's history, there was also a dramatic growth in educational and scientific titles, some of which, like D G McKean's 'O-level Introduction to Biology', were hugely successful, selling millions of copies. Their educational titles were developed under Kenneth Pinnock.

Jock was also a knowledgeable, respected and obsessive Lord Byron scholar and collector. He added to the private Byron papers within the John Murray Archive. He also helped with and published numerous works on Byron, including Leslie Marchand's comprehensive 'Letters and Journals' (1973-1994).

Jock was active in a number of societies and associations, including the Royal Geographical Society, the Publishers' Association, the Literary Society, the Society of Dilettanti and the Roxburghe Club. In 1945 he was made an MBE for his war service, and in 1975 he was appointed a CBE for services to literature. He was active in the company until his death in 1993.

NRA Name: N/A but Murray, John Arnaud Robin Grey (1909-1993), publisher and Byron enthusiast.

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