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  • ID: I18602
  • Name: Robert Graham
  • Suffix: Kt, of Morphie
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1506
  • Residence: Morphie, Kincardineshire, Scotland
  • Note: 1

    The old family of the Grahams of Morphie was in former times very powerful, but at length they sunk in fortune, and finally the original male line became extinct. Among the old women of the Mearns, their decay is attributed to a supernatural cause. When one of the lairds, say they, built the old castle, he secured the assistance of the water-kelpy or river-horse, by the accredited means of throwing a pair of branks [shafts] over his head. He then compelled the robust spirit to carry prodigious loads of stones for the building, and did not relieve him till the whole was finished. The poor kelpy was glad of his deliverance, but at the same time felt himself so galled with the hard labour, that on being permitted to escape from the branks, and just before he disappeared in the water, he turned about, and expressed, in the following words, at once his own grievances and the destiny of his taskmaster?s family?
    "Sair back and sair banes,
    Drivin? the laird o? Morphie?s stanes!
    The laird o? Morphie ?ll never thrive
    As lang?s the kelpy is alive!
    ?Neither BLG1886 (Graham of Morphie) nor BLG1952 (Barclay-Grahame of Morphie) identifies this Robert as a knight. However, those sources disagree with each other on the identity of his wife (I have uploaded the family into the site and follow BLG 1886 but draw attention to the fact that there is some doubt) whilst the Arbuthnott web site (at identifies Giles as having married Henry Grahame rather than Robert.
    The sources for the Grahams of Morphie provide conflicting information about this Robert and his immediately preceding ancestors and their wives. There may be one or two generations missed out here and Giles Arbuthnot may have been Robert's mother rather than his wife who (according to BLG 1952) may have been Giles, daughter of Douglas of Glenbervie.?
    The Grahams of Morphie, Kincardineshire, were an offset from the noble house of Montrose. They are mentioned as an ancient branch of the house of Graham in the reign of Robert the Bruce, and they got the lands of Morphie confirmed to them by the charters of David I. In the reign of James VI., Sir Robert Graham of Morphie was knighted by his chief, John, earl of Montrose, chancellor and viceroy of Scotland, his arms being sable a chevron argent, between three escalops or. (Nisbet?s Heraldry.). Sir Robert?s daughter, Giles, married Sir William Douglas of Glenbervie, 9th earl of Angus, and was the mother of the 10th earl.
  • _UID: 2A2469F99A1F430882727562EA6ED5B05CB4
  • Change Date: 30 NOV 2012

    Father: Henry Graham
    Mother: Giles Arbuthnott

    Marriage 1 Giles Douglas
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Egidia or Gille Graham b: ABT 1536

    1. Type: Web Site
      Title: Stirnet Genealogy
      Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
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