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  • ID: I203863
  • _UID: BB25E48B105C4AAABA5FBE382F0CADBD63E0
  • Name: William GRAHAM
  • Suffix: , 7th Earl of Menteith
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: AFT JUL 1589
  • Death: AFT 13 APR 1661
  • Note:

    !Ludovic, 16th Earl of Crawford, who attined high military rank in Spain. During the civil war he commanded a regiment of horse on behalf of the King, fought at Marston Moor and Philiphaugh, and was taken prisoner at Newcastle. Earl Ludovic, with consent of the King, who granted a new patent of the earldom, conveyed the dignity to his remote kinsman, John, Earl of Lindsay, to the prejudice of his nearer heirs of Spynie, Edzell, and Balcarres, in exchange, it is supposed for his liberty. On his death, Nov. 1652, without issue, by his wife, Lady Margaret Grahanm, dau. of William, Earl of Monteith, and widow of Alexander Stewart, Lord Garlies, the earldom was taken up by John, Earl of Lindsay (for whom and his successors in the title of Crawford, until they became extinct in 1808, and the lordship and chiefship passed first to Lord Spynie and then to the families of Edzell and Balcarres. Bernard Burke and Ashworth P. Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, the Privy Council, Knightage and Campanionage, Seventy-sixth Edition, Harrison and Sons, London and New York, 1914, p. 527. Google Books, online.

    !EARLDOM OF MENTEITH [SCT] XVIII.7. WILLIAM (GRAHAM), EARL OF MFNTEITH [SCT], son and heir, born after July 1589. In 1610 he was made a commissioner of justiciary against the Clan Gregor in the stewardry of Menteith. In 1619 he had licence to go abroad for (----) years, without skaith to his person or goods, provided he behaved as a dutiful subject. He was a commissioner under the Act of Revocation in 1626. P.C. [SCT] 18 January 1626/7. Having won favour at Court, he was made Lord Justice General [SCT], 1628; an Extraordinary Lord of Session, 1628:-33; Lord President of the P.C. [SCT], 1628-33, and 1639 onwards; a commissioner for revising and printing the Statutes, 1628; P.C. [ENG] 26 September 1630. He set himself to restore the Earldom to its former dignity, to redeem lands that had passed into other hands, and to assert his claim to the Earldom of Strathern. On 25 May 1630 he was served heir of line to Prince David, son of Robert II [SCT] (created by his father Earl of Strathern), having on 13 August 1629 renounced all claim to that Earldom save the lands of Kilbride. On 11 June 1630 he received a grant of 3,000 sterling in consideration of his services, and especially of his late voluntary resignation of his claim and title to the lands of the Karldom of Strathern, with the privilege of regality and four points of the Crown, to which he had right as heir of blood of umquhill David, Earl of Strathern, of whom he was lineally descended. On 22 January 1630/1 he made another resignation, and on 31 July 1631 that title, place and precedence, as granted by Robert II [SCT] to his said son David, was ratified and approved to him and his heirs male with direction that they should thereafter be styled Earls of Strathern and Menteith [SCT]. He was accordingly designated "EARL OF STRATHERN AND MENTEITH, LORD KINPONT AND KILDRYDE" [SCT] in a charter of the lands and Barony of Airth, co. Stirling, dated 21 July 1632. This right, however, to the Earldom of Strathern was very shortly afterwards taken from him by the Court of Session, which, on 22 March 1633, set aside the retour of 25 May 1630 on the (erroneous) ground that David, Earl of Strathern (to whom as abavus atavi that retour had served him heir), had died without issue. The King accordingly revoked the said Royal charter and created him EARL OF AIRTH [SCT] by charter 21 January 1632/3, "Sealed at Halyruidhous 28 March 1633. See AiRTH. After this he was styled Earl of Airth and Menteith. But the Crown's advisers could not leave the matter thus; he was required to surrender all his offices and his pension 9 October following, and ordered to be confined within the limits of his Earldom. In December 1637 the P.C. [SCT] ordered his enlargement, and in 1638 he was restored to favour at Court, and reappointed to the P.C. [SCT], 1639, attending Parliament and the Assembly that year, when he and his son were made joint Lieutenants in the shire of Stirling. He obtained a new investiture of the lands of the Earldom of Menteith, which, by charter 11 January 1643/4, was confirmed to himself in life-rent, with remainder to John, his son and heir apparent, and his heirs male whomsoever. He married, after 30 March 1612 (settlement 30 January 1610), Agnes, daughter of Patrick (GRAY), LORD GRAY [SCT], by his 2nd wife, Mary, daughter of Robert (STEWART), EARL OF ORKNEY [SCT]. He died in 1661, after 13 April. His widow was living 1 March 1666/7. Complete Peerage, 8:673-5.
  • Change Date: 30 JUN 2016

    Father: John GRAHAM b: AFT 1573
    Mother: Mary CAMPBELL b: ABT 1570

    Marriage 1 Agnes GRAY b: ABT 1590
    • Married: abt 30 Jan 1609/10
    1. Has No Children Margaret GRAHAM b: ABT 1604
    2. Has Children John GRAHAM b: ABT 1613
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