William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose

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William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Kincardine, Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Flodden Field, Kirknewton, Northumberland, England
Cause of death: Killed in battle
Immediate Family:

Son of William Graham, 2nd Lord Graham and Helen Douglas of Angus
Husband of Annabel Drummond; Christian Wawane and Janet Edmonstone, Montrose
Father of Margaret Little; William Graham, 2nd Earl of Montrose; Helen Katherine Colquhoun; Jean Graham; Patrick Graham, of Inchbrakie and 4 others
Brother of Patrick Graham; Jean Ogilvy; Christian Haldane; George Graham, Callander; Isobel Graham and 4 others

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About William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Graham,_1st_Earl_of_Montrose

William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose (1464 – 9 September 1513) was a Scottish Lord of Parliament, who was raised to an earldom by James IV of Scotland and who died with his monarch at the Battle of Flodden. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Flodden_Field

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There are three remarkable facts connected with the history of the family of Montrose:

1. For 700 years, there has never been a collateral succession, since the Grahams first branched off from the family of Dalkeith and Abercorn. On two occasions, the grandson succeeded his grandfather, but there is no instance of the direct line being broken.

2. The intermarriages, which continued this long line of ancestors, have invariably been with noble families. As far as they can be ascertained, for 400 years the wives have been always daughters of actual peers.

3. Not one of the successive heads of the House of Montrose has married an heiress, except on one occasion, when a Marquess of Montrose married the younger daughter of the only Duke of Rothes; but as the lady did not share her father's inheritance, she did not, according to the rule in Scotland, bring the arms.

Thus, in consequence of the long continuance of the male line in noble families in Scotland, and the paucity of heiresses, this Montrose family, one of the noblest of the three kingdoms, has no quarterings, while other families of much shorter duration in the male line, have quarterings by the hundred. [Burke, Vicissitudes of Families, Vol. I, p. 31]

Problem of His Daughters

William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose (d. at Flodden 1513) was married 3 times: 1) Annabel Drummond, 2) Janet Edmonstone, and 3) Christian Wawane. He seems to have have had (among other children) 4 daughters, but accounts in the peerages disagree as to which daughters were by which mothers.

For a discussion of the question, see:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/soc.genealogy.medieval/QWFTK6jabNU

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William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose's Timeline

1463
1463
Kincardine, Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland
1479
November 25, 1479
Age 16
Muthill, Perthshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
1480
1480
Age 17
Scotland, (Present UK)
1481
1481
Age 18
Thornhill, Cumberland, England
1485
1485
Age 22
1492
1492
Age 29
Montrose, Angus, Scotland
1495
1495
Age 32
Kincardine, Blackford, Perth, Scotland
1501
1501
Age 38
1506
1506
Age 43
Kincardine, Blackford, Perth, Scotland
1510
1510
Age 47
Colquhoun, Dunbartonshire, Scotland