Graeme entered Bengal Service as Assistant Surgeon. He was East India Company’s Resident at Scindiah’s Court, Secretary to the Marquis of Wallesley in India and accompanied Lord Lake as a Diplomatic Agent.
He died (unmarried) at Mavisbank on 06/Oct/1841 and is buried at Lasswade.
Mentioned in relation to a James Tod
With these remarks we judge it necessary to premise a notice of Lieutenant-Colonel Tod, of the Honourable East India Company’s Service, and their political agent in the Western Rajpoot states. He was born in Scotland about the year 1782; but in what district, or of what parentage, we are unable to ascertain. In March, 1800, he went to India, being then only in his eighteenth. year, and obtained a commission in the second Bengal European regiment. Although he commenced his career thus early, he appears to have arrived in India an unbefriended adventurer; for, instead of waiting for promotion like his brother officers, who had patronage to back their merits, he volunteered for the Molucca Isles, was transferred to the marine service on board the Mornington, and afterwards, to use his own expression, “ran the gauntlet from Calcutta to Hurdwar.” In the course of this run, however, he not only escaped the dangers that crossed it, but reached the starting-place of a new and better career. At the close of 1805, when he was nothing more than a subaltern in the subsidiary force at Gwalior, an embassy was to be sent, at the close of the Mahratta war, to Sindhia, at that time encamped at Mewar, in Rajpootana. Tod’s friend, Mr. Graeme Mercer, was sent as ambassador on this occasion, while Tod himself was to accompany him as assistant. The country of Rajast’han, of which it formed a part, was thenceforth to be the “home of his adoption,” as he affectionately called it, and the place to which the best part of his life was to be enthusiastically and usefully devoted.