Bonnie Dundee aka John Graham of Claverhouse aka ‘bluidy Claver’se’ is interred here in Old Blair just above Blair Atholl in Highland Perthshire. He died in victory at the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689 a few miles away having defeated the Hanoverian Government forces and kick started the Jacobite risings so to speak. Though his ancestor and kinsman James Graham Marquis of Montrose had done a pretty good job of harnessing the Highlanders to the Stuart cause some forty odd years earlier before being executed in Edinburgh in 1650 and interred in St,Giles Cathedral.
Bonnie Dundee was quite a guy packing plenty into his forty-one years of life – education at St. Andrews University Military Service abroad marriage the Covenanters and the King before his death at Killiecrankie. The age given on the stone is to the best of our knowledge around five years out though as we know people weren’t quite so accurate with ages and dates then. His official title was Viscount Dundee and among his pads were Dudhope and Mains Castles two of the five within the city boundary. He famously raised the standard for James the Second and Seventh on Dundee Law and there is some debate as to where the townspeople of the time stood on the matter. Sir Walter Scott no less famously wrote a poem/song about Claverhouse as did the Folk Group the Corries and the term Bonnie Dundee is also used to refer to the brilliant Dundee FC team of the 1960s but personally I have a much closer connection. My wife Marion Quinn aka Marion Scofield aka Shehanne Moore wrote a play about him. On 27th July 1989 on the three hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Killiecrankie it was performed to an appreciative audience in where else….. Blair Castle. Which we looked down on and thought of him in the sunshine yesterday!