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

John Graham, Postmaster of Scotland - 4th April 1676.

 

AT DUNDEE, QUHILK DAY JOHN GRAHAM, GENERAL POSTMASTER FOR SCOTLAND, WAS MADE A BURGESS AND GUILD BROTHER OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS.

This entry indirectly shows the prevalent Royalist feeling in Dundee at the time, and also indicates the appreciation of commercial enterprise in the Burgh; for whilst JOHN GRAHAM was connected with a family of the most pronounced loyalty, the office which he and his father had administered for nearly twenty years had greatly assisted in the development of the trade of Dundee. JOHN GRAHAM was the third son of the famous PATRICK GRAHAM of Inchbrakie, and of the HON. JEAN DRUMMOND, daughter of the second LORD MADDERTY. His father, PATRICK GRAHAM, had suffered severely for his adherence to the Royalist cause during its darkest days; and it was at his house that MONTROSE had raised the Royal Standard in 1644. So greatly was the valour and loyalty of PATRICK GRAHAm dreaded by the Cromwellians, that LORD MADDERTY was compelled to become cautioner for him in the extreme sum of £50,000, that he would not interfere with their progress through Scotland. After the Restoration, PATRICK was rewarded with the office of Postmaster General of Scotland, and he was the first to introduce a regular bi weekly horse post between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, via Dundee, and a weekly foot post from Inverness to the Scottish Metropolis, "for the advancement of trade, correspondence, and convenience of the KING'S subjects." In 1674 this important office was transferred to JOHN GRAHAM, whose name is enrolled here two years later. JOHN GRAHAM Was married to his cousin, the HON. MARGARET DRUMMOND, daughter of DAVID, third LORD MADDERTY, and niece of the first VISCOUNT STRATHALLAN. PATRICK GRAHAM survived till 16871 and is now represented by PATRICK J. F. GRYME, Esq. of Inchbrakie and Aberuthven.