NameSir David de GRAHAM Of Kincardine & 1st Of Montrose , M
Birth Dateabt 1260
Birth PlaceKincardineshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1329
ChildrenDavid , M (~1305->1373)
 Patrick , M (~1308-~1362)
 William , M (~1311-)
 Margaret , F (~1314-)
Notes for Sir David de GRAHAM Of Kincardine & 1st Of Montrose
He [Patrick] married Annabella, sister of Malise, Earl of Strathearn, who had (1251-60) a charter from her brother of part of the lands of Kincardine, in Perthshire, for her marriage. …

The children of Sir Patrick de Graham, so far as known or has been suggested, were:

1. Sir David who succeeded

2. Patrick, probably the ‘Monsieur Patrick de Graham vadlet’ who, having participated in the rising of Bruce…
3. John. According to Sir William Fraser, the Sir John de Graham who married Mary, Countess of Menteith …
4. _____ a daughter, married to Sir Malcolm Drummond …

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 205-07.

Sir David Graham, the eldest son, was taken prisoner at the battle of Dunber, 1296, and confined at first in the Tower, and afterwards in the castle of St. Breval. On 30 July 1297, he was enlarged on giving security to accompany Edward I on his expedition to Flanders.

Returning to Scotland, and adhering to the national party, he accompanied its leaders in an inroad to Selkirk Forest, and was present at their meeting at Peebles in August 1298 or 1299.

According to the report by Sir Robert Hastangis, the English Governor of Roxburgh Castle, he was involved in a quarrel between Bruce and John Comyn, the Affray, however, being terminated by an agreement, under which the Bishop of St. Andrews (doubtless the peacemake on this occasion), Bruce and Comyn should be Guardians of the realm.

Sir David was included in the capitulation to the English forces of Sir John Comyn and other leaders who had continued to uphold the cause of Baliol, at Strathord 9 February 1303-4, and one of the conditions imposed upon him was an exile from Scotland for six months. The murder of his patron, Comyn, may possibly account for a reluctance which he seems to have shown to identify himself with the cause of Bruce; for on 20 May 1308 he is among those who receive the thanks of Edward Ii for faithful service to his father and himself. For some years thereafter, ther are references in the English records to the residence of ‘David de Graham of Scotland’ in England, as a quasi prisoner, the latest being a grant on 12 February 1312-13 of £80 per annum from the issues of the Knights Templars’ manor of Eykill in Yorkshire ‘to sustain him in his service’ along with the use of houses and firewood in reason.

He was probably released after the battle of Bannockburn, and appearss as a person of note and influence in the reign of Robert the Bruce:
- On 1 April 1320 he witnessed, at Berwick-on-Tweed, the King’s charter to Sir James Douglas of the lands of Douglasdale and Carmichael, and
- his seal is appended to the letter by the Scots barons to Pope John dated at Arbroath the 6 day of the same month and year.
- In June 1323 he was one of the guarantors to Edward II that Bruce would fulfil his part of the treaty then entered into for a thirteen years’ peace.

At Scone, on the 5 March 1325, Sir David, asSir David de Graham pater,’ received two charters from King Robert, viz. one of the lands of Old Montrose, in the shire of Forfar, in excambion for the lands of Cardross, near Dunbarton, and another of lands in Charlton and Kynnaber, near Montrose, in exchange for the lands of Sokach, in the earldom of Carrick (probably the lands of Succoth, part of Cardross, had been held by the Grahams as vassals of the Earls of Carrick) and the islands of Inchcalliach and Inchfad, in Loch Lomond. The estate so acquired by the King became, as is well known, his favourite residence, and was the scene of his death in June 1329.

The date of the death of Sir David de Graham is not known, but probably he died about the same time as his great sovereign.

The name of Sir David’s wife had not been ascertained,

but he appears to have had at least two, possibly three sons, and a daughter:

1. Sir David
2. Sir Patrick of Kinpunt.
3. William de Graham, Keeper of Lochleven Castle 1362, may have been a son
4. Margaret de Graham, of the diocese of Edinburgh, who had a dispensation, 24 November 1329 … was probably a daughter.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 208-10

His successor and eldest son, David, first of Montrose and eighth in line, was, on his father’s death, taken prisoner to England, but was released in 1297 on condition that he served Edward in his foreign wars.

He obtained the grants of many lands, given him by Robert the Bruce for faithful services, and exchanged those of Cardross, in Dumbarton, with His Majesty for Montrose, in Forfar.

He died shortly afterwards, and was succeeded by his son, Sir David of Kincardine and Auld Montrose, as ninth in line.

Source: SKETCH OF GRAEME DESCENT, through the Noble house of Montrose -
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