GEORGE GRAME of Callendar was the second son of William
second Lord Grame (fifteenth in line) and Lady Anne Douglas; his marriage remains in obscurity as authorities differ; in Burke
Elizabeth Oliphant is mentioned as his wife; while other pedigrees name a daughter of the Morays of Abercairney. A discharge
dated 4th March 1499 is signed by John Murray, son of Patrick Murray of Auchterarder (the Morays' name was thus constantly
misspelt) and grants to have received from George Grame of Callendar, brother to William Lord Grame, seven merks in full,
being all the said John Murray could claim of right to a "mansion house and tenement" in burgh of Auchterarder disposed by
him and his father to George Grame; whether this points to marriage with a Murray remains to be proved.
George Grame went with brother the Earl of Montrose to
Flodden where both lost their lives in 1513; his son
WILLIAM GRAME, SECOND OF CALLENDAR AND OF
was living in 1551-2; he married Janet Schaw "infeft
with her husband" in the lands of South Kinkell, 31st Jan. 1551-2. They had at least three sons, John and George and
Robert; their mother Janet renounces her right to the above lands in favour of the elder John and his affianced spouse Barbara
Murray; their second son George, styled Burgess of Auchterarder, is proved twice; by his will given up 31st August 1579 by
"John Grahame appearand of Callendar his brother" and John Drummond of Pitkellonzie, in name and behalf of his three children,
John, Lilias, and Agnes Grahame; his wife is not mentioned, she was a daughter or grand-daughter of John Drummond, fifth of
Pitkellonzie (see Malcolm's "House of Drummond"); George was referred to as Burgess of Auchterarder nine years after his death,
in a curious old entry of that town dated 1598.
Robert is stated to be youngest son of William, second
of Callendar, and was alive on 1st May 1611. His father, William, was still alive in 1602; he was succeeded by his eldest
JOHN GRAME, THIRD OF CALLENDAR.
His marriage contract is dated 8th October 1552; and
his father held the lands in 1577 when, on the 20th October that year, Violet Mar was tried for witchcraft 3 in Kildees, in
the Barony of Methven where a chapel stood called Kildees; for the names on the Assisa are "William Drummond of Milnab, John
Graham, appearand of Callendar, David Murray of Galdwald" (query, brother-in-law to John Graham) and others; the names of
the jury show the prisoner was a woman of good birth.
In 1602 a John was still "fiar" of Callendar, as is shown
below when his son David is mentioned, and the date of his death, with that of Barbara Murray his wife, is as uncertain as
that of his accession to the lands of Callendar; we know he had a son David who was granted in 1598 and 1599 the Kirklands
of the Vicarage of Comrie, Co. Perth, and lands in the town of Crieff; while in an assignation to the Laird of Glenurchie
of the tak of the teind sheaves of his lands in Comrie called Kingart, and of Fintilloch in Glenlednock, he was styled "David
Greyme, son to John Greyme fiar of Callendar," 28th June 1602 which pointed to the fact that William, second of Callendar,
was still alive.
LAURENCE, TUTOR OF CALLENDAR AND OF ABERUTHVEN
carries on the line but whose son he was I have not
proved; from the term "Tutor," there must have been an heir to whom he was guardian; it may have been that the notices of
John, third of Callendar, apply to two owners of that name, and that John, the son of William and husband of Miss Murray,
has died leaving a son John to whom Laurence is tutor in 1600, who also dies (leaving no issue) and thus enters on the lands
of Callendar, this would explain "John" being so long "Fiar," and fifty years was a long period for William to live after
his contract of marriage. If this surmise is correct then Laurence must have been a son of William the second of Callendar
and brother of John.
The first record is that he was Chamberlain to the Earl
of Montrose, who on the 22nd March 1597-8 grants him the lands of South Kinkell, and in 1602 Sir Duncan Campbell of Monzie
gives "Laurence Greyme tutor of Callendar" a discharge of the evidents of the Kirklands of Monzie. Later on we find he is
factor to the Earl of Montrose, who writes to Laurence Graham on the 28th Jany. 1625, addressing the letter to Laurence, his
factor, at Kincardine.
Some pedigrees state that Laurence had an elder brother
William, but as nothing appears regarding him the suggestion has possibly occurred to account for his being tutor of John;
but the lapse of years make it doubtful Laurence could be brother of William, second of Callendar.
Laurence's wife must have been Miss Murray of Kinkells
mentioned a few lines further on in Agnes Grame's contract. The line of Grame of Callendar is carried on by Laurence's
WILLIAM, FIFTH OF CALLENDAR,
who, on 16th of August 1632, is served heir to Laurence
Graeme of Callendar, his father, in all the lands of South Kinkell and Kinkell, and on 2nd Feb. 1633 he is retoured as heir
to all these lands, and with him we leave the direct line of Callendar and follow Laurence Graham's second son John, who inherits
the lands of Aberuthven owned by his father, just glancing at James and Agnes his younger brother and sister.
James, third son of Laurence fourth and Tutor of Callendar,
is called of, or in, westsyde of Kincardine and was party to a Bond at Auchterarder on 19th July 1633 for 500 merks, with
his brother-german, Mr John Graham, minister at Auchterarder and Aberuthven.
Agnes, their sister, was contracted in marriage with John
Bonar, younger son of John Bonar, portioner of Kilgraston, on 16th and 23rd Aug. 1634 (probably of the family of Ninian Bonar
who held the lands of Keltie in 1507), her dower is 2600 merks and the unpaid annual rents settled on her with the consent
of David Murray of Kinkells in a contract between "the deceased Laurence, her father, and the deceased David Murray of Kynkells."
JOHN GRAHAM, SECOND OF ABERUTHVEN, SECOND
SON OF LAURENCE, FOURTH OF CALLENDAR,
was assigned to the ministry of Auchterarder, the
Assembly deposed him in 1644 as being favourable to his cousin the great Marquis of Montrose.
John married Egedia or Giles, daughter of Hamilton of
Blair (descended of John Hamilton, Archbishop of St Andrews), she is proved to have been a widow in December 1674; he had
died ante to 1668.
Their only daughter is stated to have married the divine,
Mr John Wilkie.
John their eldest son is mentioned as endeavouring to
rescue the great marquis in 1650 when taken prisoner; he was killed in the attempt, and his younger brother Robert had sasine
of the lands, and became
ROBERT GRAHAM, THIRD OF ABERUTHVEN.
He is described as "Robert Graham, lawful son of the
late John Graham, minister of the church of Auchterarder" and has sasine of lands with his wife Margaret Hay of Strowie in
1667, as well as the lands of Aberuthven; both Robert and his wife Miss Hay were alive in 1694, but were both dead in 1703;
they left three children, John, James, and a daughter Giles; the latter married her cousin Hay of Strowie, the contract is
dated 23rd January 1696, this sasine does not name her parentage, in the contract she is called sister of Mr John Graham who
gives his consent thereto.
James Graham, second son of Robert the third of Aberuthven,
was called of Kincardine and his descent we will continue presently.
JOHN GRAHAM, FOURTH OF ABERUTHVEN,
the eldest son of Robert Graham and Margaret Hay of
Strowie, was given in 1694 sasine of the lands of Aberuthven; he married Isabel, daughter of David Moir, Esq. of Leckie; and
sold the lands of Aberuthven to the Marquis of Montrose in 1703; a family MS. signed by his nephew John Graham, December 4th,
1764, gives as a reason for this step, that the lands were so heavily burdened for his brother and sister that a sale was
unavoidable ; and adds that John bought afterwards the estate of Boquhaple in Menteith and left a son,
JAMES GRAHAM OF BOQUHAPLE.
He married Catherine Govane of Park or Drumquhartle,
and had a son Robert when John Graham writes his MS. in 1764, he states that the lands of Boquhaple were enjoyed by
ROBERT GRAHAM, PROFESSOR OF BOTANY OF BOQUHAPLE
Burke states that Robert was also styled of Callendar,
if so, the line of Callendar had failed in direct heirs male and reverted to the Grahams of Aberuthven. Robert Graham's
present representative is Mr Alastair Erskine Graham Moir, married Winifred Edith, second daughter of the Right Hon. Sir Herbert
Maxwell, Bart., P.C. and M.P., and has issue a son Charles William, born in 1898. Mr Alastair Graham Moir of Leckie
represents the Grahams of Callendar, Aberuthven, and Boquhaple from George Grame, brother of the first Earl of Montrose in
elder line male. We now return to
JAMES GRAHAM OF KINCARDINE,
the second son of Robert, third of Aberuthven by his
wife Margaret Hay of Strowie, had been like his elder brother John, who carried on the line of Aberuthven, educated for the
Church, but on the commencement of the Revolution in 1688 this intention was abandoned; he married Grizel, a daughter of Andrew
Kyppen of Ballied by his wife Miss Glass of Sauchy.
James was alive in 1694 and was succeeded by (apparently)
his only child born 6th March 1698,
JOHN GRAHAM OF KERNOCK,
who was a merchant in Edinburgh; he married twice;
his first wife Agnes (daughter of Mr Robert M'Farlane, minister of Buchanan), became his wife in November 1728; there were
three sons, the two younger died unmarried, the eldest was
GEORGE GRAHAM OF KINROSS.
He was born 17th May 1730 and became a merchant, but
travelled further afield than his father; establishing himself first in Jamaica and then in Calcutta where he amassed considerable
wealth. On his return to Scotland in 1777, he bought the estate of Kinross and received the appointment of Lord-Lieutenant
for that county.
George Graham never married, but left Kinross to his son
James on condition that he married Anna Maria his niece, the child of Thomas his half-brother, failing this marriage the estate
of Kinross was left to Thomas
Graham her father; the marriage was never consummated,
but Thomas Graham generously paid James half the money value of the property, who then left the country and settled abroad.
Meantime, George Graham's mother, Agnes M`Farlane had
died, and John Graham of Kernock his father, married again; his second choice fell on Helen, sister of Sir William Mayne,
the first Lord Newhaven, three sons and a daughter were the result; the latter, Jean, married Lieut-Colonel Park of Lochern,
but died without issue in 1802; passing over Helen's eldest son John, we take the second son Robert, born in 1751, who became
a banker and died in Bengal, he had married but had no children; his widow survived him.
Thomas Graham the fourth and youngest son of John Graham
of Kernock (Helen's third son) was born on the 5th October 1752, he also went to India and was member of the Supreme Council
of Bengal; he married Ann Paul, a daughter of Henry Paul, Esq.; Mr Strangeways writes of her and her sister (who became the
wife of George Templer Esq., of Shapwick, Devon, which estate he purchased from the Rolls on his re-turn from India) they
were the most beautiful women ever married in India.
Thomas, on his return from India with his wife Ann Paul,
bought the Manor of Burleigh and also succeeded to the estate of Kinross from his half-brother George Graham (as mentioned
on pages 597-8), an only son and two daughters were born of the marriage?the son born in 1784 was brought up by his aunt,
Mrs Templer of Shapwick, he unfortunately lost his life in 1808 when ?on his way to India at the taking of the "Kent."
Thomas Graham, who had by that date inherited Kinross,
left that estate to whichever of his two daughters should first have a son; both married; the eldest, Ann, became the wife
of her cousin the Rev. G. H. Templer, Rector of Shapwick (son of George Templer and the lovely Miss Paul), their daughter
was named Sophia and married H. Strangeways, Esq., and has issue. The younger daughter of Mr Graham of Kinross and Ann Paul
was Helen, she married Sir James Montgomerie of Stobo Castle, Baronet and M.P. for Perthshire, and becoming the mother of
a son brought the estate of Kinross to the Montgomeries of Stobo Castle, who thus represent the Grahams of Kinross.
We now take up the eldest surviving male line of John
Graham of Kernock and Helen Mayne his second wife, in the eldest son of that marriage,
JOHN GRAHAM, FIRST OF YATTON, BORN
1741, A MEMBER OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF BENGAL,
who went to India and was elected to that important
post while quite a young man. He married Mary, daughter of William Shewen of Thistleboon, near Swansea, by his wife
a daughter of Ph. Williams of Duffryn; suffering from the Indian climate John Graham returned from India, and died at the
early age of thirty-five in sight of Majorca on a voyage from Marseilles to Lisbon for the benefit of his health; his body
was conveyed to London and buried in St Peter le Poer in 1775; his wife died in 1798 at sixty-one; they had four sons and
two daughters; the elder, Mary Helen, was educated by her relations, Lord and Lady Newhaven; she grew into a very beautiful
woman, her portrait painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds is at Cossington. Miss Graham had the honour to be chosen as the
governess to the Princess Charlotte of Wales, daughter of King George III. (and heir to the Crown of Great Britain and Ireland),
during which appointment she married Sir H. W. Dashwood of Kirklington, Baronet and M.P. for Woodstock; Lady Dashwood died
in 1796, leaving issue who hold that baronetcy. The only information I have obtained of her sister is the following
notice of her marriage in the Scots Magazine:
1794, Nov. 16th, at St Margaret's Church, Westminster,
William March, Esq., of Knightsbridge, to Miss Graham of Epsom, daughter of the late John Graham, Esq., member of the Council
of Bengal, and niece to George Graham, Esq., of Kinross, M.P.
JOHN GRAHAM, SECOND OF YATTON,
was the eldest son of John and Mary Shewen his wife;
he inherited the fine estate of Yatton from his father: educated at Harrow and Cambridge he, in his future career, showed
the loss of a father's restraining care; he became a friend of the Prince Regent, afterwards George IV., and as a result had
to sell Yatton for the sum of œ180,000; he then went to the Hague where he became a diamond merchant; two portraits exist
of him, that by Sir Joshua Reynolds was painted when he was at Cambridge for Dr Heath the head-master of Harrow; the second
by Kettle shows him as a child full length with a greyhound beside him.
John never married; it is said his extravagance was the
reason that his half-brother, George Graham of Kinross, passed him over in his will, leaving the estate in reversion to a
WILLIAM GRAHAM, SECOND SON OF JOHN GRAHAM
was educated at Harrow and Cambridge; he took holy
orders, and was about to be married when a few days before the ceremony he was killed by his horse falling at the corner of
There is a half-length portrait of him by Romney.
GEORGE EDWARD GRAHAM OF CHAYLEY IN SUSSEX;
HE ALSO ASSUMED THE SURNAME FOSTER-PIGOTT,
and was the third son of John Graham of Yatton and
Mary Shewen; he was educated at Harrow, and entering the 3rd Dragoon Guards he served in Holland.
When covering the Duke of York's retreat there, his captain,
Granado Pigott, received a mortal wound; George Graham gallantly carried him off the field, and after Captain Pigott's death
Graham, according to a special request, took home his effects to his sister who was the sole heir to the Abingdon Pigott estate,
Co. Cambridge; this lady was married to Dr Foster, Fellow of Eton and owner of Merryworth in Kent.
Colonel George Graham married Mary, only daughter and
heir of John Foster, D.D., and his wife Miss Pigott, and the Abingdon estate fell in to her in 1827, when George Graham and
his wife added (by royal licence) the surnames of Foster-Pigott to that of Graham.
Colonel George Edward Graham Foster-Pigott purchased the
estate of Chayley in Sussex and was Colonel of Militia in that county; on his death he was buried at St Peter le Poer, London,
where his father was also interred.
On the death of his wife, Mary Graham Foster-Pigott in
1858, the Graham pictures passed to the son of her husband's youngest brother (Graham of Cossington).
The line of George Edward Graham is represented by his
grandson, William Graham Foster- Pigott of Abingdon - Pigotts, Rector of that parish, who represents the eldest surviving
male line of John Graham of Kernock descended of Montrose through George Graham, brother of the first Earl of Montrose.
ROBERT GRAHAM OF COSSINGTON
was the youngest son of John Graham of Yatton and
Mary Shewen; he was posthumous and born in 1775; was judge at Joanpore, East Indies, in 1793; and married in 1802, Sarah,
daughter of Stephen Paul of Monkton (brother to the two beautiful Miss Pauls) his first cousin; after his return from India
in 1810 he was induced to enter into some speculations which failed and necessitated his return to that country; he died a
few days after landing there in 1815. His wife Sarah Paul had inherited the estate of Cossington through her cousin
the Rev. Thomas Hobbs, which was then on the lines of a model farm. Their eldest son,
GEORGE TEMPLAR GRAHAM OF COSSINGTON, SOMERSET,
was born in 18o6. He married Francis Golightly, she
died in 1845, leaving an only son and daughter; Mr Graham died in 1870.
Helen married in 1862 Tristram Kennedy, Esq., M.P. for
Co. Louth. He died in 1886; his wife survives him and they had the following surviving family:
1. Horace Graham Kennedy, born 1863, married in 1886 Laura
Henry; they have issue: Helen, born in 1887; Olive, born in 1889; Horas, born 1891.
2. Tristram E. Whiteside Kennedy, born
3. Pitt S. P. Kennedy, born 1868.
4. Francis Malcolm Evory Kennedy, 1869.
5. Caroline Marie Dorothea Kennedy.
ALLEN DOWDESWELL GRAHAM, NOW OF COSSINGTON,
the son of George Templar Graham and his wife Miss
Golightly, is the representative of the youngest branch-in-line male of John Graham of Kernock, descended of Grame of Callendar,
brother to William, first Earl of Montrose.
The younger children of Robert Graham, first of Cossington
and of Yatton, and Sarah Paul his wife, were:
2. William Dashwood Graham, Colonel of the Bombay Fusiliers,
who married Susan, daughter of General Sir Thomas C. Downman, G.C.B., Lieutenant-General of the Royal Engineers and had issue:
(a) William Douglas Graham, 105th Madras Infantry.
He died at Winchester leaving no issue by his wife L. Y. Welman, daughter of General Welman, A.D.C. to the late Queen.
(b) Charles Downman Graham, d.s.p. 1855
(c) Bessy Mary Fanny Graham, died in infancy.
(d) Amy Margerette Mary Graham, died at Murree, India,
18o5, leaving by her husband, Captain J. R. Dick, late Royal Dublin Fusiliers, an only son Robert Duncan Graham Dick, born
(e) Susan Eliza Georgina Graham, second surviving daughter,
(f) Helen Sarah Letitia Graham, eldest surviving daughter,
married in 1866 H. W. Nicholson, Captain in the 82nd P.W.V. ; they have issue a daughter Edith, married in 1888 to T. H. F.
Clarkson, Captain of R.A.M.C., who have issue a daughter Hermione E. H. Clarkson, born 1902. Captain and Mrs Nicholson's only
son, Graham H. W. Nicholson, was born in 1869, he is Brevet-Major Royal Field Artillery and married in 1897 Helen Isobel Gordon;
they have issue a son Cameron Gordon Graham Nicholson, born 1898.
(g) The eldest surviving son (third child) of Colonel
W. D. Graham and Miss Downman is George Dashwood Graham, Esq., Dep. Inspector-General of the Bengal Police. He married
Rosa Sabrine, daughter of General Bendyshe Walton, C.I.E., late of the 53rd and 38th Regiments; and has a son Roland Cecil
Douglas Graham, born in 1881, an officer in the Royal Artillery.
3. Marianne, the eldest daughter of Robert Graham of Cossington
and Anne Paul his wife, married in 1828 Alexander Sutherland-Graeme of Graemeshall?see that family.
4. Amelia Letitia Graham, married William Dowdeswell of
Pull Court, Worcestershire, and has left issue a son Edmund Richard Dowdeswell of Pull Court.
5. Elizabeth Graham, married E. B. Lennard of Swan River,
Western Australia, and left three children:
(a) Barrett Lennard,,Esq. of Swan River.
(b) Fanny Helen Barrett Lennard, married Frederick Morton
Eden, eldest son of the late Bishop of Moray and Ross, Primus of Scotland; of this marriage two sons and a daughter survive,
Rowland Frederick Eden; Algernon Graham Eden; Dorothy Jane Helen, married January 1st, 1902, to Arthur Dalrymple Forbes Gordon,
Esq. of Langlee, Roxburghshire.
(c) Rosa Georgina Barrett-Lennard, married in 1868 the
Rev. B. N. Cherry of Brickenholme Grange, Hants, and Rector of Clipsam, Rutland. Three sons and a daughter (Mary Georgina
Cherry) are the result of the marriage; the sons are:
1. Lennard Cherry of Hermer Green, Welwyn, Herts, he was
called to the Bar in 1893, and married in 1895 Laura Mary, daughter of R. H. Ganken, Esq., they have issue a son and three
2. Harold Edward Cherry, born 1875.
3. Hubert D. Cherry, he married in 1901 Adeline Rachel,
only daughter of Colonel Hanbury Barclay, and has issue a son, Hubert, born 1902.
The above can all claim descent as cadets or through the
distaff from George Grame of Callendar, brother of the first Earl of Montrose; George Dashwood Graham, Esq., Dep. Inspector-General
of the Bengal Police being the male representative of the youngest son of Robert Graham of Cossington.
John Graham of Yatton (the eldest surviving son of John
Graham of Kernock) from whom all the above descend, had his arms registered at the Lyon Court in 1764 as follows: Argent a
man's heart quar. ensigned with an Imperial crown proper on a Chief sable three escallops or. Above the shield an Helmet
befitting his degree with mantle gules doubling Argent on a wreath of his colours is set for crest an escallop as the former.
Motto: "Spero meliora."
The portraits of John Graham and his wife, Mary Shewen,
by Kettle are at Cossington.
The author possesses two original letters written by the
Grames of Callendar to George Graeme the Bishop of Orkney on matters connected with lands of Callendar, part of which was
in the Bishop's hands on bond.
John Grame wrote in June dated from Lairgie 1629 and he
signed himself J. GRAME. This was the minister at Auchterarder (second son of Laurence, Tutor of Callendar).
The second letter bears the same date 9th June 1629, but
is from a member of the previous generation. It is written from Kinkell, and signed by David GRAME of Callendar who
had been granted the Kirklands of the Vicarage of Comrie in 1598. This is another confirmation of the author's opinion that
all branches of Montrose originally spelt their name Grame.