The History of Leith

November 3, 2012

Dr. James Graham

In the Cowgate was born, in 1745,
Dr. James Graham (the son of a saddler), who was
a man of some note in his time as a lecturer and
writer on medical subjects, and whose brother
William married Catharine Macaulay, authoress of
a ” History of England ” and other works forgotten
now. In London Dr. Graham started an extraordinary
establishment, known as the Temple of
Health, in Pall Mall, where he delivered what were
termed Hymeneal Lectures, which in 1783 he redelivered
in St. Andrew’s Chapel, in Carrubber’s
Close. In his latter years he became seized with a
species of religious frenzy, and died suddenly in his
house, opposite the Archer’s Hall, in 1794.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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