Thomas Graham Soldier and Politician

Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch: A soldier (Lieutenant General) who was born (1748) the son of the Laird of Balgowan (Thomas Graham). He raised a regiment of infantry (90th Light Infantry Regiment) which fought in the Napoleonic Wars – raised as the 90th of Foot (Perthshire Volunteers) in 1794, they […]

Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) ~ Farmer and Cattle-dealer

Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) – Farmer and cattle-dealer, noted for his exploits in levying blackmail. Subject of Walter Scott’s novel Rob Roy. Died at home and interred at Balquidder kirkyard (NN 536209) beneath an old cross-slab. “The most famous MacGregor of all is, of course, Rob Roy, of the Glengyle branch (1671-1734). Rob […]

John Graham (Viscount Dundee) Royalist Soldier, Nobleman, and Jacobite

John Graham, Viscount Dundee (1648/9-89) – Known as Claverhouse from his estate, Graham led Government troops against the Covenanters at Drumclog and Bothwell. He was personally responsible for the murder of John Brown of Priesthill in front of his wife and family. Graham led the Jacobites at the Battle of Killiecrankie […]

William Cleland (c1661-1689) ~ Scottish Covenanting Poet and Soldier

William Cleland (c1661-1689) – Scottish Covenanting poet and soldier educated at St Andrew’s University and at Utrecht. He fought at Drumclog, Bothwell Brig and in Argyll’s expedition, when, as colonel of the Cameronians, he fell in the successful defence of Dunkeld against the Jacobite (Highland) clansmen in 1689. Also noted for […]

Oliver Cromwell ~ Bourgeois Revolutionary and Soldier

Charles II was crowned at Scone in 1651 where he agreed to subscribe to the Solemn League and Covenant, and within a year of this coronation Oliver Cromwell dispatched his Parliamentarians to take the fair city. As Cromwell’s forces arrived in Scotland, the Burghs of Perth sent 100 men under […]