GRAEMES OF DRYNIE
FROM MONTROSE THROUGH ROBERT GRAEME, ARCHDEACON OF ROSS SON OF FIRST GREAT BARON OF INCHBRAKIE AND ABERUTHVEN
The life of
the Archdeacon of Ross shows him to have been one of the most powerful men of his time, circa 1540 to 1661; his history is
related in Sketch III of this volume. The Archdeacon had married Marjorie, daughter of Dunbar of Albrach, and a large family
is left; on his son George’s shoulders falls the burden of dowering them.
George the second
of Drynie was often at loggerheads with his north country neighbours; we find his name appearing as cautioner in 1597 and
1598, when he must have reached man’s estate, and in 1602 following on his father’s death he executes a deed (on
a decreet arbitral pronounced by Patrick Graham of Inchbrakie and George Graeme afterwards Bishop of Dunblane and Orkney,
his cousins), granting certain portions to his younger brothers David, Thomas, James and Robert. His sisters also are included
in this. In 1613 he is down in Perthshire and signs Marion Colville’s contract of marriage to Murray of Tibbermuir;
he signs his name Greme.
We hear nothing
more of the brothers and sisters, but the Inverness sasines state George married Helen McKenzie. The Drynie pedigree states
she was sister of Lord Portmore.
had two sons by his marriage:
who married Miss MacKenzie of Applecross and died without male issue, leaving only a daughter Isobel and Alexander, who carried
on the line.
In 1607 we find
George their father cautioner for 1000 merks at the Chanoury of Ross; he appears often to be in trouble
Graeme, he has a high spirit and is amongst rather turbulent surroundings as we have seen in the sketch of the Archdeacon,
and in 1612 the Queen’s Chamber lain pursues him for debt to Her Majesty and what is more, Gordon of Buckie is denounced
a rebel for not having "presented" George to the Council in November 1612.
The old feud
between Graeme and McKenzie seems in no way appeased by the marriage of George’s son with Miss Mackenzie of Applecross;
at any rate, some branches are still irreconcilable; we are rather glad to see George gets the best of it this time!
He appears as
the pursuer against the servant (means also tenant) to John McKenzie minister at Dingwall, whom he accuses out of hatred to
himself and "without respect to that godlie, honest and peciable behaviour which beseemeth ane of his calling," to have sent
his tenant with a musket "chargit with a great number of bulletis to ane house to wait behind a dyke within the said George
his owne towne of Drenie and attack said George."
this tenant saw "George of Drynie single and him alane with ane boy onlie following him with his sword at his back going and
walking furth the hie way," he shot him and seven bullets went into George "of which five remain"; Rorie seeing George fall,
ran at him and felled him with the butt end of the musket, leaving him for dead; no sooner did the servitors of John McKenzie
see George struggle to his feet than they "boden in geir of weir" with derks and swords and targets and pistols on their bodies,
rise out of their place where they "lay dernit" and follow George with all speed and he barely escaped with his life. George
Graeme and the king’s Advocate both appeared; the accused not appearing were denounced rebels, and for once in a way
George got the best of it.
The above is
entered in order to show life in the Highlands at the period and the manner in which a gentleman walked out accompanied by
his sword-bearer, for fear of attacks.
his position as Commissioner for the County in spite of all those feuds, and so does his son Thomas and also obtains passes
from General Middleton; in 1647 the Acts of Parliament show George and Thomas pardoned and finding cautioners in 1647.
between this year and 1650, and some land is sold; some years later Barbara, Countess of Seafield, leaves a ratification of
land in favour of the poor of the Chanourie of Ross, and describes the field as bounded betwixt land pertaining some time
to the deceased Robert Graeme and now to Mr Alexander McKenzie.
died some years after, leaving no male issue, he had a brother Patrick who witnesses the will of Marion Crichton, the Bishop
of Orkney’s wife, in 1633, and he is succeeded by Alexander, his brother, who has been a Commissioner of Excise in 1661;
he married firstly, a daughter of Rose of Kilravoich, and had two sons, John and Alexander, both of whom died without issue.
Alexander married secondly, Magdalene, daughter of Alexander McKenzie of Suddy, who was grandson of Sir Kenneth McKenzie,
fifth baron of Kintail, by Lord Lovat’s daughter. They had a large family.
Colin afterwards fifth of Drynie
Isabella, married to J. Plumenn of Willston
Magdalene, Jane and
In 1663 Alexander
is Justice of the Peaceand in 1690 Sheriff of Ross, and in 1692 he is served heir, right back to his grandfather, the Archdeacon
of Ross, probably because he succeeds to the lands of Drynie, after his brother Thomas’ death, or possibly that of one
of his nephews, for it must be borne in mind Alexander was the second son of his father George.
From this generation
on, the Graemes of Drynie spell their name principally with the h; here and there the elder or a second son still retain the
diphthong of the house of their descent, and wherever that is so the name is spelt as written in this Sketch.
father of a race of soldier sons, grandsons and great-grandsons; to the third and fourth generations they go forth to the
ends of the earth as servants of the king; he marries Anne, daughter of Shaw of Thornbeg (or Thornley), he is Lord-Lieutenant
of the County, and in spite of it is very much complaining to his Chief that his house is being continually raided, and that
everything is being stolen by the Mackenzies who have already five times descended on Drynie, this letter is dated 1716.
I may mention
here that the spelling of Drynie is even more varied than the spelling of the surname. Dranie, Drymme, Drym, every alteration
that two or one style can be converted into appears; but undoubtedly it signifies one property, that of Drynie, in the Black
Isle, Ross-shire. Colin, the Lord Lieutenant’s family is –
Graham, afterwards of Drynie
II. Gordon Graham
who married Miss McKenzie. We find his services detailed in General Stewart’s sketches of the 42nd
and the Black Watch; Gordon Graham entered it as an ensign in 1739; Lieutenant 1743; Captain 1747; Major 1758; Lieutenant-Colonel
1762. He was wounded and retired in 1770 after 31 years service; died 1784 leaving in the regiment his eldest son.
Graham does not appear to have married but devoted himself to his profession in the 42nd Regiment, rising in it like
his father from ensign to Lieutenant-Colonel;
entering it in 1760, Lieutenant in
1762, Captain 1771, Major in 1778, Lieutenant Colonel 1782; he commanded it for 14 years when he took command of a regiment
serving in the West Indies in 1796. In 1784 he is in the services of heirs as Charles Graham, Lieutenant Colonel of the 42nd to his is father Gordon Graham Lieutenant Colonel of the 42nd.
2. William Graham was second son of Colonel Gordon
Graham of the 42nd; he married Isabella daughter of Abernethy,
Esq, and left issue:
a) Charles Graham
Graham, Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery, married Elizabeth, daughter of Rogers Esq.
d) Jean Graham
Graeme, an ensign in Harrison’s Foot. He appears to have had a son James afterwards in the 37th
Graeme, Colonel in the Scotch Brigade; he married Margaret of Abercrombie and of Brunstaine, widow of Seton of Meldrum (her
daughter by her first marriage had married Fred Halkett).
It is to be
regretted that we have nothing more on Mungo Graeme services or those of his descendants. He and his wife appear to have settled
abroad. They had only one son Colin Dundas Graham With the Inchbrakie papers is an interesting letter from this officer; he
is home on leave and dates his letter from:
near Edinburgh; April 21, 1792
He writes to
Colonel Graeme of Inchbrakie the ninth laird and reminds him of the few days they spent together at Briell just before George
Graeme was leaving the Scots Brigade and adds that he himself still belongs to the forlorn corps.
speaks of Colonel Graeme the eighth laird and of his early acquaintance with him and the kind notice he bestowed on himself
and his father (the late Colonel Mungo Graham) while both were serving in the same corps in Holland.
His letter is
written to ask for particulars of his family descent; they have already traced the descent up to the Archdean of Ross according
to a Royal Charter the family hold of the year 1589, but can find no trace of whose son Robert Archdean was, though there
is a strong conjecture that he sprung from Inchbrakie. Colin adds that his cousins Lieutenant Colonel Graham of Drynie and
Lieutenant Colonel Graham of the 42nd are extremely solicitous on the subject; he concludes
with kind messages and says tht he relies more on the information that George Graeme will obtain from his father Colonel Graeme
of Inchbrakie, than from George’s own knowledge!
If the Inchbrakie’s
sent the correct information it was not added to the family pedigree.
Dundas Graham married Mary Magdalene de Teustych a Dutch lady and had a large family:
married first to Sir Michael B. Clare, M.D., Knight of the legion d’honneur; he died on the 19th
September 1832; she married secondly General Sir Hugh Halkett, C.B., G.C.H. born in 1787 died in 1871.A handsome tombstone
is placed to the memory of both her husbands by Margaret Graham in the family burial place at Drynie. No issue is mentioned.
married Lieutenant Colonel Balneaves, 27th Regiment, they had: Henry, Michael, Frances and
Charlotte, married George Gunn Monro of Poyntzfield, and had: Mary,married Colonel Mackay; Anne married Henry G. Errington;,
George and Innes married to Emily Mason;
married J. Hill
Gordon Graham of the Hanoverian Grenadier Guards, married his cousin Miss Nancy Graham and had:
Rev.J.A.Anderson – they had 3 children – Nancy Anderson, George Anderson and Alexander C. Anderson.
b)Jane J. Graham
1835, he died when 3 years old at Cromarty, 5th August 1832.
3rd son born 1839 died at Auckland NZ in September 1870 aged 31 years.
1834, died at Cromarty on 1 August 1861 aged 18 years.
born 1848 who died at Winchester on 17th March 1870 aged 32 years.
There is another
son whose name is not given, their second son (for Hugh is called their third son)Alexander Gordon Graham and his wife Nancy
were sadly bereaved of their five boys and we are not told whether these elder boys had any issue.
Graham she married Bryan W.Donkin Esq. And has issue three children, Winifred, Constance, and a son Bryan Percy.
Graham (the father of the above nine children and great grandson of Colin, 5th of Drynie) and
his kinsman, George 10th Laird of Inchbrakie who was in the Hanorverian Guards made acquaintance
A tablet in
the burial place at Drynie is erected to the memory of Alexander and his wife; he died a Captain in the Hanoverian Guards,
born at Abconde, Holland, 28th January 1803, died at Cromarty, November 12th
1878. Nancy his wife died at Cromarty 22nd May 1883, aged 78 years.
D., 6th child of Colin Dundas Graham served with the 8th Light
Dragoons in the Netherlands.
Dundas Graham and his wife, Magdalene both rest in the family vault at Drynie; he obtained the appointment of Lieutenant Governor
of St Maws, and was a Knight of the Royal Order of William of the Netherlands; one is glad to think that he left "that forlorn
corps" to which his letter alludes, and was buried at the home of his fathers. The memorial states he died in 1828, aged 76
years deeply lamented and deplored by his family who erect it, to his endeared memory and that of his wife, Mary M. Graham,
who died at Cromarty 1839, aged 76 years.
We take up the
story with the Drynie family again at:
V. Nelly, who
was the 5th child of Colin Graham 5th of Drynie and his wife
Anne Shaw. She married William Munro, Captain in W.I.M.
We now return
to the eldest child of Coilin Graham, fifth of Drynie, and Shaw, his wife.
SIXTH OF DRYNIE
daughter of Monro of Basimore, and had issue:-
I. General Colin
Graham, 21st H.Regiment, 7th of Drynie, d.s.p. and the estate
devolved on his brother Charles.
Graham, Mr Graham was British Consul at Hayal (?) and married Donna Ighaive of Hayal, they had issue, Francis married (he
was her second husband) Jemima, his distant cousin, daughter of Colin Dundas Graham, Lt.Col. K.H. They had two children,
Colin and Agus, both died young.
V. Charles Graham,
who entered the profession of a merchant in London;his three elder brothers leaving no male issue, he was in November 1799 retoured heir to his brother, Colin Graham
of Drynie, and became owner of the property as -
He married a
daughter of Mackenzie of Haiburn and had issue an only son.
NINTH OF DRYNIE
Mr George Graham
married Mademoiselle de Clavy; their issue George died in infancy, and the estates were left to a son, John C.W. Paul,
who sold them and died on April 13th 1898.
In Mr George
Graham ninth of Drynie the male line virtually ended. The family burial place records the deaths of himself and his family.
Graham, a Major of the Royal Marines, was drowned in the Royal George.
Graham, married Robert Gordon.
Anne Graham died unmarried.
Graham died unmarried in 1829 aged 85 years.
Thus ends the
family of George Graham 6th of Drynie, descended from the first Earl of Montrose and that nobleman’s
grandson Robert Graeme, Archdeacon of Ross.