William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose

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Sir William Graham, Earl of Montrose

Birthplace: Blackford Perthshire, Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: September 09, 1513 (50)
Flodden near Branxton, Northumberland, England (Killed in battle )
Place of Burial: Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of William Graham, 2nd Lord Graham and Helen Douglas of Angus
Husband of Annabel Drummond; Christian Wawane and Janet Edmonstone
Father of Jean Graham; Jonet Graham; William Graham, 2nd Earl of Montrose; Helen Graham; Lady Catherine Graham and 5 others
Brother of Isobel Graham; Margaret Graham; George Graham of Callendar; Patrick Graham; Oliver Graham and 3 others
Half brother of Oliver Ogilvie

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About 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


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:


3rd Lord Graham and served in Parliament several times beginning 1479. He fought for the royals at the battle of Sauchieburn in 1488 and became a friend of James IV. In 1503 he was made 1st Earl of Montrose. He accompanied King James in invasion of England and was killed at the battle of Flooded in 1513.

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William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose's Timeline

Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 17
Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 18
Kincardine, Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland
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Montrose, Angus, Scotland
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Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland
Age 43
Kincardine, Blackford, Perth, Scotland