WHICH DAY JOHN GRAHAM, APPARENT OF FINTRIE, AND MAGISTER JAMES GRAHAM, HIS UNCLE [PATRUUS = FATHER's BROTHER], HAVE BEEN MADE BURGESSES AND BRETHREN OF THE GUILD OF DUNDEE, BY REASON OF THE PRIVILEGE OF THEIR FATHERS.
JOHN GRAHAM, afterwards eighth Laird of Fintry, was the son and successor of DAVID GRAHAM of Fintry, who was admitted as a Burgess on 30th March, 1620, and of MARY, daughter of SIR JAMES HALIBURTON of Pitcur. He was Member for Perthshire in the Convention of 1678; and was also a Commissioner of Supply for Forfarshire. Much confusion exists in the published genealogies of the family as to the personal identity of his wife, and the number of his children. The following extracts from the Register of Marriages and Baptisms for the Parish of Dundee are of considerable value, as settling these points upon indisputable evidence.
In BURKE's Landed Gentry, sub voce, "GRAHAM of Fintry," it is stated that "JOHN GRAHAM, eighth of Fintry, married the LADY MARGARET SCRYMGEOUR, only child of JAMES, EARL OF DUNDEE, by the LADY MARGARET RAMSAY, his wife, daughter of the EARL OF DALHOUSIE, and had one son, who died young." Reference to BURKE'S Extinct Peerage, p. 480, shows that the first and last EARL OF DUNDEE, the husband of LADY ANNE [not MARGARET] RAMSAY, was named JOHN, not JAMES; and in the same place it is stated that the wife of this JOHN GRAHAM of Fintry was MARGARET, daughter of the second VISCOUNT OF DUDHOPE, who was father of the EARL OF DUNDEE. In the Register of Marriages the following entry occurs:
"1647. June 30 The Right Honble John Graham, Fear of Fintrie, in the Paroch of Maynss, and Mistress Jean Scrymger in this Paroch, Proclaimed ye 13 day of Junij, 1647."
The designation of JOHN GRAHAM'S Wife is confirmed by several entries in the Register of Baptisms, thus:
"1651. Jany. 28. The Right Honorable John Graham. of Fentrie, a woman child, named Jean."
"1660. March 1 –Robt. son of Honble John Graham, yr of Fentrie, and Mrs Jean Scrimiser, bapd Robert. Godfathers: Robert, Lord Carnegie, Robt Scrimseor brother to John, Lord Vn of Duddop. Witnesses: David Fotheringham of Pourie, Sir Alexr Wedderburne of Blackness, Maister Alexr Wedderburne of Kingennie, Jas Graham. of Bucklivie. This child born on the 23 Feby. 1660, forenoon."
"1662. May 22nd. Alex. son of John Grame of Fentrie and ladie Jean Scrimgeour, bapd Witnesses: Robt. Scrymseour, Bror to the Earl of Dundie, Provost of Dundee and orys.
"1664. May 4 Grahame, son of John Grahame, Laird of Fintrie and Jean S. bapd Witnesses: Robt Scrimseor, brother of the El of Dundie, Sir A. Wedderburne of Blackness, and oyrs."
From these entries it appears that JOHN GRAHAM of Fintry had three sons and one daughter, but the sons must all have predeceased him, as he was succeeded by his brother, JAMES, ninth Laird of Fintry. It is worthy of notice that "ROBERT SCRYMSEOUR, brother of the EARL OF DUNDEE," is not included in the accepted accounts of this family.
The name of Magister JAMES GRAHAM, which is entered beside that of his nephew, does not occur in any genealogy of the family, but from the description of him given in the Burgess Roll it is apparent that he was son of the unfortunate LAIRD oF FINTRY who was beheaded for treason in 1592 (vide page 112).