Alexander Graeme

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Alexander Graeme
Born9 December 1741
Graemeshall, Orkney
Died5 August 1818(1818-08-05) (aged 76)
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Kingfisher
HMS Tartar
Santa Margarita
HMS Glory
Nore Command
Battles/warsAmerican 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[]

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]


  1. ^ "The Graemes of Graemeshall in Orkney". Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  2. ^ Williams 2008, p. 75
  3. ^ Allen, p. 255
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b "Alexander Graeme". Robert Whitton. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory, 1816-17
  6. ^ "Alexander Graeme". Maritime Memorials. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.


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