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Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809 royal governor; born in Scotland in 1732; was descended in the feminine line from the house of Stuart. He was made governor of New York in January, 1770, and of Virginia, July, 1771, arriving there early in 1772. When the Virginia Assembly recommended a committee of correspondence (March, 1773), he Seal of Lord Dunmore. immediately dissolved it, and in May, 1774, he again dissolved the Assembly because it had passed a resolution making the Ist of June a day of fasting and prayer. This was the same day which had been appointed by the Massachusetts legislature for the same purpose. In 1775, finding the people of his colony committed to the cause of freedom, he engaged in a conspiracy to bring the Indians in hostile array against the Virginia frontier. He employed Dr. John Connelly, whom he had commissioned in 1774 to lead a movement for sustaining the claims of Virginia to the whole district of Pennsylvania west of Lord Dunmore'