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Born: Colin Roderick Murray 
Dates:  1840, 25 December - 1884, 29 December
Born:  Scotland, Hebrides, Lewis
Died:  India, Calcutta
Active:  India
Took photographs for the company Bourne & Shepherd during the British Raj in India. After Samuel Bourne returned to England in 1870 Colin Murray took over as the head photographer of Bourne & Shepherd. At this time Charles Shepherd, who had primarily worked as the printer for his firms, continued to run the company and when he left in 1885 Murray took over as the principal. Bourne & Shepherd continues to operate today in Kolkata, India.

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A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Commercial, India
Originally from Lewis in the Hebrides, went to India in the 1860s. His wife Jeanie Barthwick also came from Lewis.[1]
1867-70 Photographer, Jaipur
1871 Assistant, Bourne and Shepherd, Calcutta.
1872-76 Bourne and Shepherd, Bombay.
1877 Bourne and Shepherd, Calcutta.
1878-9 Bourne and Shepherd, Bombay.
1880-1 Bourne and Shepherd, Calcutta.
1882 Bourne and Shepherd, Simla.
1883 Not listed.
1884 Bourne and Shepherd, Simla.
After Bourne's departure from India he became one of the firm's leading photographers, producing architectural work of the highest quality. In 1872-3 he toured Gujarat and Rajasthan, some of the resulting photographs being used in Photographs of architecture and scenery in Gujarat and Rajasthan (Calcutta, 1874).
Died of cholera and is buried in the Scotch Burial Ground, Calcutta.[2] His wife Jeanie Barthwick only survived him a short time, dying of enteritis following cholera on 1.2.1885, aet. 29 years.[3] His will makes his widow Jeanie sole beneficiary.[4] 

  1. Λ Since she would have been only a young girl at the time of Murray’s departure for India, she presumably joined him at a later date. 
  2. Λ IOR/N/1/190 f. 211. 
  3. Λ IOR/N/1/191 f. 262. 
  4. Λ IOR/L/AG/34/29/130 f. 109. 

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