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the supplies needed for the troops, Murray is reported to have replied ‘Historians will say that the British Army … carried on war in Spain and Portugal until they had eaten all the beef and mutton in the country and were then compelled to withdraw’. In this post he would have been working alongside Beckwith, who in 1812 became Deputy assistant QMG. Along with Beckwith, Murray attended the annual Heroes’ dinners hosted each year by Wellington at Apsley House. Following a period as Governor of the Royal Military College at Sandhurst in Camberley, Surrey, Murray was, in 1824, elected MP for Perth and from 1825 was Commander in Chief in Ireland, until Wellington offered him the post of Secretary of State for the colonies in May 1828. A conscientious administrator, in June 1830 he was described by the Lord Steward as ‘one of his Majesty’s principal Secretaries of State’. Under Sir Robert Peel he served twice as Master of the General Ordnance (1834–35, 1841–46) responsible for all the army and military supplies, engineers and fortifications – and in which he was succeeded by his brother-in-law the Marquis of Anglesey. In 1841 he was promoted to General. In about 1817, Murray began a relationship with Lady Louisa Erskine, the estranged wife of his military colleague, Sir James Erskine. The latter (conveniently) died during the divorce proceedings in 1825, but, although she had lived with Murray from 1820, Ersk [