John Graham, Viscount of Dundee, best known, perhaps, in history by his territorial title of Claverhouse, was
born in the year 1643. No record, indeed, exists either of the time or place of his birth, but a decision of the Court of Session seems to fix the former in that year--the year, as lovers of historical coincidences will not fail
to remark, of the Solemn League and Covenant.
He came of an ancient and noble stock. The family of Graham can be traced back in unbroken succession to
the beginning of the twelfth century; and indeed there have been attempts to encumber its scutcheon...