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Lord William de Graham, of Abercorn and Dalkeith

Birthplace: Grantham Graeg Ham, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1139 (37-47)
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Alan de Graegham (de Graham) and Lucia de Graham
Husband of Lillian Doran, of Abercorn and Dalkeith
Father of Alan de Graham; Peter de Graham, Lord of Dalkeith and Mary Graham

Occupation: LHDV-1ZP
Managed by: Peter James Herbert
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About William de Graham


William de Graham is "oldest titled Graham"


On the occasion of the Annual General Meeting of the Clan Graham Society at Buchanan Castle Golf Club, July 1995, His Grace the Eighth Duke of Montrose described William de Graham as “the oldest titled Graham.” He said that he had served in the court of King David I, of Scotland, from the time of his journey north from England in 1124, to assume the throne of Scotland. The Duke went on to say that King David introduced a revolutionary new concept, feudalism, to Scotland. It improved his ability to govern and helped stabilize the nation.

As a reward for his services to the King, William de Graham was given the baronies of Dalkeith and Abercorn in Midlothian in 1127. He witnessed the signing of the charter of Holyrood Abbey, in 1128.

From the first days of his reign, King David gave large grants of his kingdom to his knights, as a reward for their service. He established the first Scottish Mint and introduced the concept of burghs. He established dioceses and parishes to strengthen the church, and endowed many monastic orders with land, enabling them to build abbeys and priories. The spread of feudalism helped King David tie the younger sons of English or Norman families to him as their king and feudal lord.

William’s sons John de Graham and Peter de Graham of Abercorn and Dalkeith continued in the service of Kings Malcolm IV and William I. John de Graham is recorded as a witness in 1170 and at the court of William the Lion at Alyth in 1200. William de Graham’s descendant, Sir John Graham of Dundaff, died while fighting beside William Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk, on July 22, 1298.

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William de Graham's Timeline

Grantham Graeg Ham, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom)
Forfar, Angus, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Age 42
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Eskdale District, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland