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William GRAHAM and Annabel DRUMMOND

William GRAHAM. 3rd Lord Graham (1464-1513). 1st Earl of Montrose. [PC M3-17-5].
Born about 1447; son of William Graham, 2nd Lord Graham, and Helen (Eleanor) Douglas.

Montrose was the eldest son and heir of William Graham, 2nd Lord Graham by Eleanor, or Elene, the daughter of William Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus. The Grahams were a long-established family of Norman origin, who first rose to prominence in the reign of David I. (S4).

Earl of Montrose (1464 9 September 1513). (S4).

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. (S4).

William married (1) Annabel DRUMMOND on 25 November 1479 in the Parish Church in Muthyll, Perthshire, Scotland.

He married (2) Janet Edmonstone, daughter of Sir Archibald Edmonstone of Duntreath. (S4).

He married (3) Christian Wawane of Seggie, in Fife, the widow of Patrick Haliburton, 5th Lord Haliburton. (S4).

He succeeded to the peerage as the 3rd Lord Graham, as a minor, on the death of his father in about 1471 and sat in the Parliaments of James III in 1479, 1481, 1482 and 1487. He supported James III in his struggle with his son and was present at the Battle of Sauchieburn on 11 June 1488. He was then received into the favour of James IV, as was the case for many of James III's supporters, and sat in his first two Parliaments of 6 October 1488 and 6 February 1492. (S4).

In 1503, William Graham was created 1st Earl of Montrose (from his ancestral estate at Old Montrose) and he sat, in that capacity, in the Parliament of 3 February 1506. (S4).

Montrose accompanied James IV on his invasion of England in 1513 and was killed at the Battle of Flodden on 9 September 1513, together with his brother, George Graham of Callendar, (Calendar) and his brother-in-law, Sir William Edmonstone of Duntreath. (S4).

Not long before his elevation to an earldom, Montrose acquired the estates of Aberuthven and Inchbrakie in Perthshire. Shortly after the creation of the earldom, on 3 March 1505, his ancestral lands of Old Montrose were erected into the free barony and earldom of Montrose and were re-granted to him on his surrender of them to the King. On the same day, he had three other charters to three other new baronies: Kincardine, Aberuthven and Kynnaber, in Forfarshire. (S4).

He died on 9 September 1513 in the Battle Of Flodden, Branxton, Northumberland, England.

Montrose also had daughter Jean Graham (by which wife not stated), who married David Graham, 3rd of Fintry.
Other reputed (but doubtful) progeny include Andrew Graham, who was consecrated Bishop of Dunblane in 1575, and Jean Graham, who was said to have had a daughter by William Chisholm (I), who was consecrated Bishop of Dunblane in 1526. (S4).

Annabel DRUMMOND. Baroness Graham. [PC M3-17-5].
Born about 1469, of Stobhill, Midlothian, Scotland; daughter of John DRUMMOND, 1st Lord Drummond, and Elizabeth LINDSAY. She died after 1492.

CHILDREN of William GRAHAM and Annabel DRUMMOND:
  1. William GRAHAM. [PC M3-17-5]. 2nd Earl of Montrose. Born in 1494 at Montrose, Angus, Scotland. He married Janet Keith. He died on 24 May 1571 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland.
  2. Walter Graham. Of Little Cairnie.
  3. Helen Catherine GRAHAM. Born in 1510 in Scotland. She married (dispensation 13 July 1509) Humphrey Colquhoun, Younger of Luss.

CHILDREN of William GRAHAM and Janet Edmonstone:
  1. Nicolas Graham (a daughter of Graham's second marriage), who married (11 February 1504) John Moray, 6th of Abercairney
  2. Elizabeth Graham (a daughter of Graham's second marriage), who married (February 1514) Walter Drummond, Master of Drummond, the grandson of John Drummond, 1st Lord Drummond
  3. Margaret Graham (a daughter of Graham's second marriage), who married (contract 10 July 1510) Sir John Somerville of Cambusnethan

CHILDREN of William GRAHAM and Christian Wawane:
  1. By his third wife, Montrose had a further son, Patrick Graham of Inchbraikie (grandfather of Bishop George Graham), to which lands Patrick received a charter from his father on 20 June 1513.