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GRAHAM, JOHN MURRAY (1809–1881), historian, was eldest son of Andrew Murray (1782–1847) of Murrayshall, Perthshire, at one time sheriff of Aberdeenshire, by his wife Janet, daughter of Oliver Thomson of Leckiebank. He was born in Aberdeenshire 15 Oct. 1809, and educated at Edinburgh University, where he graduated M.A. in 1828. He became an advocate in 1831. Graham was a near kinsman of Thomas Graham, lord Lynedoch [q. v.], to a part of whose estates he succeeded in 1859, and whose name he adopted. He died 18 Jan. 1881, having married on 22 Nov. 1853 Robina, daughter of Thomas Hamilton.

Graham wrote: 1. ‘A Month's Tour in Spain in the Spring of 1866,’ 1867. 2. ‘Memoir of General Lord Lynedoch,’ 1869; 2nd edition, with additions and portraits, 1877; a useful memoir compiled from family papers. 3. ‘An Historical View of Literature and Art in Great Britain from the accession of Queen Victoria,’ 1871; 2nd edit. 1872. 4. ‘Annals and Correspondence of the Viscount and the first and second Earls of Stair,’ London, 1875.

[Times, 19 Jan. 1881; Athenæum, 29 Jan. 1881; Anderson's Scottish Nation, iii. 226; Burke's Landed Gentry; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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