NameLady Graham , F
Birth Dateabt 1305
Birth PlaceMontrose, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Death Dateaft 4 Apr 1373
Death PlaceMontrose, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Birth Date1330
Birth PlaceKincardineshire, Scotland
ChildrenPatrick , M (~1335-<1404)
 David , M (~1357-)
 John , M (~1360-)
Notes for David (Spouse 1)
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

David Graham, the eldest son, in his father’s lifetime, as Sir David de Graham ‘filius,’ witnessed a charter
by Simon Locard de ley to William de Lindsay, rector of the Church of Ayr, of an annual rent out of the lands of Cartland from Whitsunday 1323.

After the battle of Dupplin and the coronation of Edward Baliol at Scone 1332, he was one of thirteen knights who, along with the Earl of Fife, submitted to Baliol. That he took an active part in the resumption of the national resistance to the enterprise of Baliol and his patron, Edward III, may be inferred from the fact that in the accounts of Edward’s Sheriffs in Scotland for 1335-36 the lands of Craigcrook and Nether Carlowrie, in the barony of Abercorn, are stated to be in the King’s hands by the forfeiture of David de Graham.

He accompanied David II in his unfortunate expedition into England, and was taken prisoner with him at the battle of Neville’s Cross, 17 October 1346. He must have been speedily ransomed, as on 17 September 1348 he was present in a Justiciary Court at Forfar for the decision of a question between the monks of Arbroath and the burgesses of Dundee.

In 1354, he was one of the commissioners appointed for negotiating the release of the King, and sat in the Parliament at Edinburgh 26 September 1357, when the treaty of ransom was approved, and was one of the guarantors of the treaty.

On 11 January 1359 he obtained from David II a confirmation of his father’s charter of Old Montrose, and from this time to the end of David’s reign is a frequent witness in both lay and ecclesiastical charters.

- Sir David sat in a general council held at Perth by David II on 13 January 1364,
- was one of those elected by the estates to hold Parliament at Scone 27 September 1367,
- was on the Committee for General Affairs 1368, and
- on the Committe of Dooms 1369.

On 18 February 1369, it was found in a cause between him and William Barnard that the latter had not lawful sasine of the lands of Kinnaber, and that Sir David was first in possession of those lands.

He was one of those who took the oath of homage and fealty to Robert II at Scone 27 March 1371, and he also witnessed the Act of Settlement of the succesion to the Crown by that monarch on 4 April 1373.

On 23 July 1374, he obtained a decreet of Parliament finding that he was entitled to possess the lands of Old Montrose, notwithstanding anything shown on behalf of Sir John Lindsay of Thurston. At Perth, on St. Andrew’s day 1376, he witnessed a charter by Laurence of Hay, Lord of Eskyndy [Essendy], and

he must have died soon thereafter.

The name of his wife is not known.

His children were:

1. Patrick.
2. David, witnessed a charter at Perth 20 February 1369-70.
3. John, who as ‘third son of Sir David Graham of Old Montrose’ in 1370 is claimed as ancestor of the Grahams of Morphie on grounds which would make him progenitor also of the Grahams of Auchincloich (in Kilsyth) and their branches.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 211-213.

In 1320 Sir David of Kincardine signed the famous "Letter of Independence" to the Pope
, to which his seal (but in an imperfect condition) is still appended in the General Register House, Edinburgh. This letter was discovered and betrayed by the Countess of Strathearn, the wife of Sir David’s kinsman, which betrayal caused her to to be imprisoned for life. In the trial regarding this letter the name of a Sir Patrick de Graym appears. He must, I think, have been an uncle of Sir David’s. He was, however, acquitted with the others, and is probably the Sir Patrick de Graym in the list given by Dalrymple as slain at Halidon, July 10 1333.

Sir David of Kincardine appears as a guarantor of a treaty with England in 1322, and

dying, was succeeded by his son, Sir David of Kincardine and auld Montrose, as tenth in line, and took a very prominent part in the days which proved that might must support right.

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

For the first time in the Cambuskenneth charters the spelling of the name is written Graham in 1361. Hitherto, both in these charters and the various seals, it has been spelt Grame or Graym, and this spelling was adhered to in the charter of Robert the Bruce, when in exchange for the lands of Sokach and Earldom of Garrick, the islands of Inchkillach and Inchfode, in the Earldom of Lennox, Sir David receives further lands in Charlton and Kynabar, their confirmation being dated Edinburgh, January 11th, 1359.

We find his name appended to no less than five of the Cambuskenneth Charters

(1) A charter by Robert Erskine of that ilk and the Barony of Kinnoul, granting to the Covent of Cambuskenneth the patronage of the Church of Kinnoul, dated at Stirling, 27th January 1361.

(2) A charter by King David II confirming the above, dated Edinburgh 7th April, 1361.

(3) A charter by David II from "motives of piety" for the welfare of the souls of himself and his Queen Margaret of Scotland, to the Church of St Mary of Cambuskenneth of an annual rent of ten pounds of silver due to the King from the lands of Plane (Pleane), Stirlingshire, dated at Perth on 13th August 1364.

(4) Charters from King David II confirming the said grant to St Mary’s Church (notwithstanding the revocation of all the King’s grants made by a Parliament held at Scone), dated at Edinburgh, 25th February 1366.

(5) Sir David witnesses the Bull of Pope Urban V. confirming the Charter at Perth, and dated at Mount Flasco, 15th June 1369.

Sir David was one of the Scottish Barons employed to negotiate the ransom of David II, King of Scotland, and sat in the Scottish Parliament in 1367. He appears to have enjoyed a long life for those troublous times, for we find him taking oath of homage and swearing fealty to Robert II, King of Scots, at Scone on 27th March 1371.

On April 4th 1373, he is witnessing the second act of Settlement of the Crown of Scotland, and the last time his name appears is in March 1374, when a decreit of Parliament of Robert II, held at Scone, confirms Sir David’s claims to the lands of Auld Montrose, "notwithstanding anything shewn on behalf of Sir John Lindsay of Thurston";

but it is 1404 before his son and successor, Sir Patrick, eleventh in line makes his appearance as having succeeded to his father; he had previously acted as hostage for the release of King David.

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