Clark and Murray Collection Clark and Murray Collection

A collection of material relating to Grace Clark and Colin Murray, two of Scotland's best-known entertainers of the post-War period.


About Grace Clark and Colin Murray

The partnership of Clark and Murray ('Mr and Mrs. Glasgow') was one of the most enduring in Scottish entertainment. Colin Murray and Grace Clark met at the Dunbar Summer Show in 1927, partnered in a piano duet. Romance blossomed; they married in 1931 and carried on making a living in a variety of West of Scotland theatres.

One night Colin had a sore throat and the boss at the Glasgow Pavilion suggested they 'try some patter' instead, giving rise to the double act that made their name. After serving with ENSA during the war, Clark and Murray drifted away from music and more towards comedy - often playing the nagging wife and long-suffering husband.

They officially retired in 1966 but continued to make a few brief appearances and in 1982 were awarded the British Empire Medal. In their 50 years together on stage, Clark and Murray worked alongside many of the Scottish entertainment greats, including Sir Harry Lauder, Will Fyffe, Tommy Lorne and Harry Gordon.

Colin died in April 1989, aged 84, at home in Ayrshire. Grace died, aged 90, in an Ayr nursing home in 1995.


About the collection

The collection consists of material relating to Grace Clark and Colin Murray, two of Scotland's best-known entertainers of the post-War period. There are two albums containing personal photographs, theatre programmes and news cuttings and a box containing news cuttings and three typescripts: Growing Old with Grace (reminiscences by Colin Murray), The Golden Years and The Clark and Murray Story.


Finding aid

Online catalogue


Further reading

Significant Scots: Colin and Grace Murray in Electric Scotland

Grace Clark and Colin Murray: Mr and Mrs Glasgow in The Herald

Grace Clark's obituary in The Herald.


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