(1831-74), my link with the Noble Grahams, the Royal Stewarts, and King Robert
Compiled by Belinda Dettmann
Click here for Royal Stewarts Descent Chart
James Graham (1831-1874) was a Scot who emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1851 with his wife Jean and eldest daughter Elizabeth, fathered another eight children, made and lost three fortunes, died young, but left a talented and flourishing family to spread their genes and establish their fortunes in their adopted country, Australia.
James was my great great grandfather, and
he is my link to some of the noblest houses in
Grannie used to tell me stories about her
grandfather James Graham – how he left his wife three weeks after their first
child was born in
How he returned to
How he set up a wool-scouring business on
the banks of the
How, undaunted, he moved the family to
How he overstretched himself in
Grannie also told me that James Graham had
been born in
It has taken me years to prove the truth of the old family stories, but I am now able to put together a coherent picture of my family’s descent from the Grahams and the Stewarts, and from King Robert Bruce.
James Graham is a scion of the Grahams of
Nether Glenny, which is a cadet branch of the Graham Earls of Menteith. He can also claim direct descent from the
Stewarts of Ardvorlich and from their three main cadet lines, the Stewart
families of Annat, Glenbuckie and Gartnafuaran.
These families are sometimes referred to as the Stewarts of Balquhidder,
I find it fascinating to see how the
various Graham and Stewart families in
The descendant table above shows a brief outline of James Graham’s ancestors and descendants in graphic form. It is intended as a visual aid to help the reader see more easily how the families are connected, and most siblings and some descendant lines have been omitted for easier viewing. More detailed lines of descent can be found by clicking on my Annat file.