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Alexander Graeme
Born December 9, 1741
Died August 5, 1818(1818-08-05) (aged 76)
Place of birth Graemeshall, Orkney
Place of death Edinburgh
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Kingfisher
HMS Tartar
Santa Margarita
HMS Glory
Nore Command
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War
French Revolutionary Wars

The grave of Admiral Alexander Graeme, Greyfriars Kirkyard

Admiral Alexander Graeme (9 December 1741 – 5 August 1818) was a Royal Navy officer who became Commander-in-Chief, The Nore.

Naval career[edit | edit source]

Born at Graemeshall in Orkney,[1] Graeme became commanding officer of the sloop HMS Kingfisher in February 1776 and saw action at the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet in June 1776 during the American Revolutionary War.[2] He went on to be commanding officer of the sixth-rate HMS Tartar in July 1779, in which he took part in the action of 11 November 1779, seizing the Spanish 38-gun frigate Santa Margarita off Cape Finisterre.[3] After that he became commanding officer of the fourth-rate HMS Preston, in which he lost his arm during an action off Dogger Bank, in November 1781 and then became commanding officer of the second-rate HMS Glory in January 1795.[4] He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in June 1799 and retired as Admiral of the White.[4]

Graeme lived his later life at 87 Princes Street in Edinburgh's New Town.[5]

Graeme died in Edinburgh on 5 August 1818 aged 76 and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in the centre of Edinburgh.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Graemes of Graemeshall in Orkney". http://inchbrakie.tripod.com/abookofthegraemes/id64.html. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  2. Williams 2008, p. 75
  3. Allen, p. 255
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Alexander Graeme". Robert Whitton. http://www.robertwhitton.eu/person.php?id=11518&fam=1&pat=Graeme. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  5. Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory, 1816-17
  6. "Alexander Graeme". Maritime Memorials. http://blogarchive.rmg.co.uk/memorials/m555/. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 

Sources[edit | edit source]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Pasley
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
1799–1803
Succeeded by
Lord Keith

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