Biography of Robert Graham
Robert Graham of Gartmore
Robert Graham, of Gartmore (1735-1797), who took the surname Bontine in 1770 and Cunninghame Graham in 1796, was a University alumnus who became a colonial administrator, a politician and a poet. He was Rector, 1785 to 1787, and the Gartmore Gold Medal is named for him.
Born in Gartmore in Stirlingshire, Graham matriculated to study at the University in 1749. In 1753 he went to Jamaica as a planter and subsequently held office there as Receiver-General. He returned to Scotland c1770 and entered a career in politics as an advocate of reform, serving as the Whig MP for Stirlingshire, 1794-1796. He began writing poetry late in life and "If doughty deeds my lady please" became famous after it was set to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan.