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CodeNA10389
Dates[1649]-1689
Person NameGraham; John ([1649]-1689); of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee
SurnameGraham
ForenamesJohn
Epithetof Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee
ActivityThe lands of Claverhouse in Mains Parish, near Dundee were acquired by the Graham family in 1530. John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee (1649?-1689) was the eldest son of Sir William Graham and Lady Madeleine Carnegie, fifth daughter of the Earl of Northesk. He is thought to have been born in 1649.On 22 December 1669 John and his brother David were admitted burgesses of Dundee on their father's privilege. The brothers both entered the University of St Andrews on 13 February 1665. On leaving university John Graham entered several foreign services. He served William of Orange, probably after 1674, and is also known to have entered the troop of William's guards. He is reported to have saved William's life at the battle of Seneff in 1674 by mounting him on his own horse at a critical moment and subsequently to have been promoted to captain on this account. In February 1677/8 he was made captain of the Marquis of Montrose's regiment of horse guards raised to subjugate the covenanters.In 1684 as General of the cavalry under the command of Douglas, Claverhouse joined King James II's troops against the threatened invasion of Prince William of Orange and was rewarded by the creation of Viscount Dundee and Lord Graham of Claverhouse. He died of a wound inflicted at the battle of Killiecrankie in July 1689.On 10 June 1684 Claverhouse married Jean, daughter of William, lord Cochrane, son of the earl of Dundonald. Their only infant son James died in 1689. In March 1688 he was appointed Lord Provost of Dundee.See 'Dictionary of National Biography'.
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