A Book of the Graemes


Title Page
Preface (v)
Sketch of Graeme Decent Through the Noble House of Montrose (xvii)
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Sketch I Patrick Graeme, 1st Great Baron of Inchbrakie and Aberruthven (1)
Sketch II The Younger Children and Widow of Patrick, the First Great Baron of Inchbrakie (6)
Sketch III Robert Graeme, Archdeacon of Ross, Younger Son of the First Great Baron (10)
Sketch IV George Graeme, 2nd Baron of Inchbrakie (19)
Sketch V Widow and Children of George Graeme (27)
Sketch VI George Graeme, Bishop of Orkney, Retland and Dunblane (35)
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Sketch VII Patrick Graeme, Third Baron of Inchbrakie (66)
Sketch VIII Widow and Younger Children of Patrick Graeme (90)
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Sketch IX George Graeme, Fourth Baron of Inchbrakie (104)
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Sketch X The Younger Children of George and Marget Keith, his Wife (118)
Sketch XI Patrick V of Inchbrakie 'Black Pate' (134)
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Sketch XII Col Patrick Graeme of the Town Guard and his Family (186)
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Sketch XIII John Graeme, Postmaster General (216)
Sketch XIV James Graeme, Solicitor General (223)
Sketch XV Daughters of Black Pate (230)
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Sketch XVI George Graeme, 6th Baron of Inchbrakie (248)
Sketch XVII Younger Son & Daughters of George Graeme (259)
Sketch XVIII Patrick Graeme, 7th Baron of Inchbrakie (262)
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Sketch XIX George Graeme, 8th in-line, son of Patrick (276)
Sketch XX Patrick Graeme, 8th Baron of Inchbrakie (284)
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Sketch XXI Younger Sons and Daughters of the 8th Baron (317)
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Sketch XXII George Graeme, 9th Baron of Inchbrakie (340)
Sketch XXIII Patrick and Younger Sons and Daughter of George Graeme, 9th of Inchbrakie (360)
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Sketch XXIV George Drummond Graeme 10th of Inchbrakie and Patrick Graeme 11th (395)
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Sketch XXV The Witch's Relic (406)
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Sketch XXVI Graemes of Monzie, Pitcairns & Buchlyvie (413)
Sketch XXVII The Graemes of Orchill (432)
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Sketch XXVIII The Graemes of Gorthie and Braco (454)
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Sketch XXIX The Graemes of Graemeshall in Orkney (497)
Sketch XXX The House of Graham and Watt of Breckness and Orkney (513)
Sketch XXXI Kathrine Graeme, Daughter of George, Bishop of Dunblane (524)
Sketch XXXII Graemes of Drynie (540)
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Sketch XXXIII Graeme of Damside and Graeme of Duchray (547)
Sketch XXXIV The Graemes of Garvock (557)
Sketch XXXV The Graemes of Balgowan (572)
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Sketch XXXVI Grames, Greymes, Grahams of Callendar; Aberuthven, Kernock, Kinross Cossington (592)
Sketch XXXVII Grahams of Airth & Graham-Stirling of Strowan (604)
Sketch XXXVIII The Graemes of Fintry, Claverhouse, Duntrune and other Cadets (616)
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Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
Appendix IV
Appendix V
Appendix VI
Index A
Index B
Index C
Index D, E & F
Index G
Index H
Index I, J, K & L
Index M & N
Index O, P, Q & R
Index S
Index T, U, V, W & Y

Sketch XIV






The youngest son of Black Pate and Jean Drummond may be said to have founded a family as he purchased "Newtoun" from his cousin, Sir George Oliphant; it will be seen on referring to Sketch VIII, that Marion Graeme, daughter of Patrick, the third baron, had been married in 1607 to Sir James Oliphant of Newton. This lady was aunt to Black Pate, and her children and grandchildren, cousins to Black Pate and his children. Sasines are dated to James Graeme, June 1691 and October 1692 of these lands, and they are therein styled the lands of "Newtoun and Pypertown", with the salmon fishing upon the water of Darie, with seat and burial-place in the kirk of Forgandenny proceeding on Charter, granted by Sir George Oliphant of Newton; in the sketch of Bishop George was related the "bigging" of that same seat by Sir James Oliphant and his lady!

Fourteen years later the lands of Dumbulls in the same parish of Forgandenny, October 1705, were granted to the Solicitor-General by sassine of the Earl of Wigtoun, who had previously obtained them from Sir James Campbell of Aberruchill. In 1695 we also find James Graeme drawing a small income off the lands of Pitencleroch, Chalmerstrathie and Pernie, belonging to Inchbrakie. He was the only one of Black Pate’s sons who had himself entered in the Herald Office as bearing a Coat.

Or, three roses second and first gules and on a chief sable, as many escalopes of the first. Crest, a hand issuing out of a cloud reaching to a garland, all proper. Motto, Numen and Omnia. Obtained in 1688.

It will be observed James Graeme omitted the wall his father had taken for his new Grant and the motto and crest were both altered, for difference, the latter having the addition of issuing from a cloud.

A letter to Mr Gavine Drummond, Muthil, dated from St Andrews where Mr James Graeme is studying for the law in 1664, informs us that one of the Drummonds has committed a son to the young lawyer’s care; the letter is from James Graeme reporting his pupil’s progress.

Letter addressed:

To His much honoured friend

Gavine Drummond – at Muthill


At St Andrews 13th December 1664

Sir, I have had but a short tryall of your sonne; and therefore it might justly be concluded rashness and imprudence in me to be confident in my promises or opinion of him. But from the small experience I have I fear not to engage my credite that your sonne shall make such good progress in his studies as you and his other dear relations may reap exceeding great satisfaction. You may likewise be persuaded that I will not neglect his instructions on the great principles of religion and righteousness, and I hope the success shall be answerable to the endeavours of Sir

Your humble Servant

Jas. Graeme

Mr Graeme married previously to 1669, Miss Ann or Agnes Drummond; she may have been the youngest daughter of the family of Drummond of Strageath and Kildees, descended from the House of Stobhall, as the names of Gavin and Agnes or Ann are peculiar to that branch.

On the 25th July 1669, their eldest son John’s birth is registered the witnesses are Walter Ogilvie, James Curvie, John Syor – late Baillies of Edinburgh – also Mr Robert Hamilton, Clerk of Session; James Hamilton and H. Stuart, merchants.

In 1674 James Graeme was entered on the Roll of Advocates, and from this date his talents pushed him rapidly to the head of his profession.

Sir John Lauder, afterwards Lord of Session, called Lord Fountainhall, gives much interesting information of James Graeme of Newton’s public career in his diaries. He mentions that "on the 15th December 1681 Mr James Graeme, advocate, is one of Lord Argyll’s eight."

On December 19th 1685, he is advocate for the Duchess of Lauderdale.

On January 29th 1686, the Town Council of Edinburgh "name and adjoyne" Mr James Graeme, advocate, to be their Assessor.

On the 15th February 1686, the Duke of Monmouth is forfeited and condemned; the King gave his Duchess the option either to go with her children to Scotland, and be present at the trial, or send a commission to lawyers; the Duchess chose the latter alternative, naming Mr James Graeme, Mr Thomas Learmouth, and Lauder of Fountainhall for her lawyers.

On 16th September 1686, James Graeme’s cousin, General Lord Strathallan, is sent as the King’s Commission to receive indemnity from those who had joined with Argyll, or to exempt those he saw fit. James Graeme, advocate, and Mr James Hay, Writer to the Signet, accompany him, and Lord Strathallan holds his court at Inveraray.

Sufficient examples have been given of the work committed to James Graeme, both by public and private indiciduals, showing he was a man of considerable note in his profession, and by 1687 it is scarcely a surprise that he has reached one of the pinnacles of the law and is made "Sole Solicitor to his Majesty," and he was admitted and sworn but "only de fideli." Here ends Sir John Lauder’s (Lord Fountainhall) notices, and we next find –

"James Graeme, son to the Laird of Inchbrakie, admitted as Solicitor General 1688; he took not the oaths to King William."

However open James Graeme’s mind may be in his public career, he knows his private opinion, and is independent enough not to forswear it. If they choose to accept him as Solicitor-General "de fidele" well and good, he will accept it, and he faithful to his appointment, but take the oath of allegiance to an alien, he will not while King James II lived. He alone has his allegiance as his subject.

The Solicitor-General’s salary amounts to 300 pounds sterling for dispatches, and, adds Lord Fountainhall, "all he gets in advance is 200 pounds in addition."

It was after this, in 1691, Mr Graeme acquired the estate of "Newtoun," in the parish of Forgandenny, Perthshire. His services in the legal profession were filling his purse, and, like every one of his generation, he bought land.

In 1704 the Solicitor-General defends Mr Archibald Graham, late Bishop of the Isles, who with others is sued as creditor of George Dundas, a merchant of Leith. The case of the creditors lies in the defence of James Graeme, who is Commissioner for Perth at this date.

In 1707 he defends Muirhead of Bredisholme against Rose Muirhead, and signs a petition for James Hamilton of Gilkerscleugh, a minor.

The same year his fourth son, David, marries Miss Moray of Abercairny, and no further record of the Solicitor- General’s career reaches us.

A very well drawn-out tree of his branch of the family is extant, and proved of considerable service a century later when Inchbrakie in 1770 was served heir to Montrose.

John, his eldest son, was "served heir to his deceist father" in 1737. If that was theyear of his death, James Graeme was about eighty-eight years old, and a little further it is shown all his children lived to be old people. This branch of the Graeme’s show great longevity; John, his eldest son, is at the age of sixty-eight served heir to his father in 1737, who has died at the ripe age of at least 88 years; the end of this sketch shows many of his children lived to a great age.

The Children of

James Graeme, Solicitor-General

and Miss Drummond

James Graeme’s children were six in number:1.John,






The eldest John (as already mentioned) was born in 1669, from which date I have found no record until 1737, when we find his father has died, granting the lands of Newton and Western Dumbulls to him as his eldest lawful son.

The Solicitor-General had apparently omitted to make a will; in the deposition made by him on 27th December 1737 after the "heirs of the body" of John, these are granted successively to James, William, and David Graeme, and their heirs, which all failing, to his own nearest heirs whatsoever. In this sassine, in which no mention of the mother of his children is made, is also included an annual rent proceeding from 1000 pounds due by Robert Stewart of Inner Dunnine. The document is presented and signed by J. Graeme (of Damside?) the first two initials form a monogram, a very common occurrence in the signatures of the House of Inchbrakie.

David Graeme, his fourth son, acts procurator.

The next entry of John is 1744-1747, during which years he disposed the lands of Newton to Mr James Moray of Abercairny. The second retour also included that to his eldest sister Margaret, who had died unmarried (after February 1774) her sister Elizabeth’s death is recorded on 31st of May 1774 and like her sister she was unmarried; this is all we learn of the Solicitor-General’s daughters, who were both elderly women at their deaths. Miss Elizabeth must, indeed, have been a great age.

John was 78 years old when he sold Newton to Abercairny for 42,000 merks. Newton passed into the hands of the Oliphants of Condie in 1701.

Of his brothers James and William we find no records. Some divisions of property were taking place during the above years, for on enquiry into the records of David, the youngest son of the Solicitor General, we find that he also was obtaining Sasine of lands on 27th February 1744, and in it is styled David Graeme, brother german to John, Margaret and Elizabeth Graeme.

By 1747 David obtains a charter of the lands of Abernute and Pitskindie, purchased from his brother-in-law Mr James Moray of Abercairny. Abernute lies in the Carse of Gowrie. Many years previous to this date, David had married Miss Elizabeth Moray of Abercairny; her father Mr William Moray, was a grandson of Black Pate, so was her husband, David Graeme of Abernute. The date of the marriage is stated to be 1707, in the sasine of 1744, and their house was in Marlin’s Wynd, Edinburgh.

The following baptisms of their children are taken from the registers of Old St Paul’s Edinburgh.

James, a son of Mr David Graeme, Advocate, and Murray, daughter of Abercairnie, the sponsors were Lady Balgowan, Sir William Nairn of Dunisinnan and David Graeme of Orchill; those present were Messrs William Graeme, Adam Mercer and their wives; Lady Murray and Dor Dundas, Jan. 31, 1737. On July 22, 1739 in Marlins Wynd a daughter Christian is baptized, Lady Betty Montgomery, Mrs Reggie Graeme and Adam Mercer were sponsors.

Another daughter Ann has for her sponsors on November 24th 1740, Mrs Margaret and Elizabeth Graeme (these were her father’s sisters) "and the Bd.Mr Thomas Drummond; Lady Balgowan, Mrs P. Graeme and Adam Mercer." The last three are stated to be present.

The day after Christmas, 1741, a daughter Mary is baptized, and Lady Dowager of Nairn (the is the second baroness) is sponsor with the Ladie of logie Almond and Lady Mary Drummond, the latter being unable to be present is represented by Mrs Margaret Graeme – Lady Maxwell was present – this entry ends with a curious statement, "N.B. – Mrs Graeme was abroad and coccated the day before."

By 1744 the son James baptized on Jan 31 in 1737 must be dead, for again Mr David Graeme, Advocate, has a son James baptized in Marlin’s Wynd, Lady Moncrieff is godmother, Mr Brice "and I" sponsors for Abercairny and Newton (these two last were his grandfather Moray and his uncle).

Two records shorter than the rest end this list of these great-grandchildren of Black Pate; these are Charlotte, 6th July 1746, and a son John baptized in Marlin’s Wynd, 3rd October 1747; Mrs Elizabeth Graeme, John Rattray, and David Carmichael are sponsors.

David Graeme’s name appears in Milner’s list as advocate, 25th February 1727. He acted for Patrick, eighth Laird, in the service to Montrose of 1770, when he produced the family tree drawn up by his father, the Solicitor General, whose handwriting on it he swore to, and also that it was produced from the charter chest of his late father.

Mr David Graeme of Abernute or Abernyte, died in 1785 when about 85years old leaving by his wife, Elizabeth Moray of Abercairny, a son John, three daughters survived, Elizabeth, Christian and Grizel (or Grace) Graeme; two of these were born after the children mentioned in the above baptisms.


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