From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

Sir Alexander Durham, Lord Lyon - 7th March 1663

 

AT DUNDEE, THE SAID DAY SIR ALEXANDER DURHAM, LORD LYON; Was ADMITTED BURGESSES AND GUILD BROTHER OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS


SIR ALEXANDER DURHAM was the third son of SIR. JAMES DURHAM of Pitkerrow, and was one of the members of a family that had been long, associated with Dundee. His father suffered severely for his adherence to CHARLES I, but was replaced in the offices from which he had been ousted when CHARLES II. was restored to the throne. Sir ALEXANDER was also a faithful supporter of the Royalists, and was Knighted and made Lord Lyon King of Arms in August, 1660. Two years afterwards he acquired the lands of Largo, in Fife, of which he had a charter under the Great Seal, dated 1st January, 1663. At this time he held a commission as Colonel of one of the Royal Regiments, and was Receiver General of the Land Tax of Scotland. His sister, GRIZEL DURHAM, was married to the first EARL OF MIDDLETON, and he was the maternal uncle of LORD CLERMONT. The exact date of SIR ALEXANDER DURHAM'S death is not recorded, but as it appears from LAmONT'S Diary (page 162) that the Parliament which met on 18th June, 1663, "ratified CH. ARSKIN, KELLY'S brother, his commission to be Lord Lyon in stead of the deceased SIR ALEX. DURHAME," his death must have taken place early in that year. He was never married, and his estate went to his nephew FRANCIS, Son of the famous JAMES DURHAM, minister of the High Church of Glasgow, and one of the most eminent divines of the period.