The Formative Years

  • J. T. Ward


On the evening of 12 June 1812 a handsome, rather arrogant young man left Falmouth for Lisbon. He was James Robert George Graham, the son and heir of a Cumbrian baronet, and he was newly released from two wasted years at Oxford. In the spring his reluctant father and the more willing Dean of Christ Church had agreed that he should leave the University and travel abroad. Eleven days after his twentieth birthday, supported by an allowance of £1,000 a year, he set off to see the lands where the new Earl of Wellington was fighting the French. After ‘a tedious passage’ across the Bay of Biscay, he arrived in Portugal on 24 June.


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