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Like so many Scottish noble families, the Grahams descend from the Anglo-Norman knights who entered Scotland during the 12thC. William De Graeme personally witnessed the signing in 1128 of the charter founding the Abbey of Holyrood. The Montrose Grahams descend from William. The Grahams married into the family of the Celtic Earls of Strathearn.

Sir Patrick Graham of Strathearn died fighting the English in 1296. Two years later his nephew, Sir John Graham, fought with William Wallace and was killed in the disasterous Battle of Falkirk.

James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, rose in rebellion in support of Charles I. This was an attempt by Montrose to grab power in Scotland for Charles while the Scottish army was in England fighting in the English Civil War in support of the Parliamentary forces. Montrose was captured and then executed in 1650.

John Graham, Viscount of Claverhouse, 'Bonnie Dundee, was commander of the Jacobite army at the Battle of Killiecrankie (near Pitlochry) in 1689. Claverhouse died although he had won the battle and defeated the Williamite forces.

Why not take a short break of vacation in 'Graham country'!

The Grahams held various lands in Perthshire. Now ruined Auchterarder Castle was originally a Graham stronghold which later passed to the Drummonds through marriage. Braco Castle belonged to the Earls of Montrose. In 1625 a Graham was created Baronet of Braco. In 1790 Braco Castle passed to the Smythes.

Around Loch Ard and the Trossachs was another Graham area. The Grahams of Downie acquired Duchray Castle near Aberfoyle in 1569. Here in the 1690s Graham sisters entertained Williamite officers while Rob Roy MacGregor conducted smuggling beside the Castle.

 

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