James Graham, 7th Duke of Montrose

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His Grace
The Duke of Montrose
The 7th Duke of Montrose in 1967.jpg
The Duke of Montrose ca. 1967
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Prime Minister Ian Smith
Preceded by Ian Smith
Succeeded by John H. Howman
Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
In office
16 December 1962 – 1963
Prime Minister Winston Field
Preceded by Ian Smith
Succeeded by John H. Howman
Personal details
Born James Angus Graham
(1907-05-02)2 May 1907
Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK
Died 10 February 1992(1992-02-10) (aged 84)
Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK
Spouse(s) Isabel Veronia Sellar (m. 1930; div. 1950)
Susan Semple (m. 1952)
Children Fiona
Religion Anglicanism
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1939–1945
Battles/wars World War II

James Angus Graham, 7th Duke of Montrose ID (2 May 1907 – 10 February 1992), styled Earl of Kincardine until 1925 and Marquess of Graham between 1925 and 1954, was a Rhodesian politician of British origin. Born in Scotland, he maintained a lifelong interest in politics and was a lover of all things Scottish. He lived in southern Africa for fifty-five years, farming several properties. He served as Minister of Agriculture in the Rhodesian government of Ian Smith, and in 1965 was a signatory to Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence.

Early life[edit]

Angus, Marquess of Graham, aged twenty-one (later The 7th Duke of Montrose)

As Marquess of Graham, the Duke was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was in HMS Kandahar as part of Lord Louis Mountbatten's flotilla in the North Sea and later served in the Mediterranean and at Aden.


The Marquess of Graham completed three years at Oxford and graduated Bachelor of Arts. Lord Graham (as he then was) first went to Southern Rhodesia in 1930, taking up a position with A.E. & I., the South African subsidiary of ICI. While he was on holiday in England in 1939, war with Germany was declared and he signed up with the Admiral Commanding Reserves and was appointed Lieutenant in the RNVR, joining HMS Kandahar.

In 1954 he inherited his father's titles and became The 7th Duke of Montrose. He enjoyed hunting trips in Kenya, where he met his second wife, Susan Semple. The family grew up on Derry Farm at Nyabira outside Salisbury, where the crops included maize and tobacco. A pedigree Brahman cattle stud was established after importing bloodstock from Texas. Although, in an article published in Illustrated Life Rhodesia in the mid-1970s, Montrose indicated that he saw his family remaining in Rhodesia for future generations, he and his family moved to South Africa in 1979 and then to Scotland, where he spent his final days. Always a keen Gaelic speaker with a great fondness for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, he lies buried in the family cemetery near Loch Lomond.[1]


7th Duke and Duchess of Montrose in Scotland, 1981

Graham was first married to Isabel Veronia Sellar and had issue, both born in Southern Rhodesia:

  • Lady Fiona Mary Graham; married, in 1966, Peter Alexander O'Brien Hannon and has issue:
    • Catherine Mary Hannon (born 1968)
    • Veronica Maeve Hannon (born 1971)
  • James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose; married, in 1970, Catherine Elizabeth MacDonell Young and has issue:
    • Lady Hermione Elizabeth Graham (born 1971)
    • James Alexander Norman Graham, Marquess of Graham (born 1973)
    • Lord Ronald John Christopher Graham (born 1975)

He married secondly Susan Mary Joclyn Semple of Kenya and had issue:

  • Lady Cairistiona Anne Graham, born 1955; married, in 1982, Philip Patrick Saggers of Australia and has issue:
    • Susanna Mary Saggers (born 1984)
    • Marina Lilias Saggers (born 1986)
    • Georgina Frances Saggers (born 1989)
  • Lord Donald Alasdair Graham (born 1956); married, in 1981, Bridie Donalda Elspeth Cameron of the Black Isle and has issue:
    • Caitriana Mary Alice Cameron (born 1984)
    • Alasdair John Cameron (1986–1988)
    • Violet Elizabeth Helen Cameron (born 1992)
    • Jennie Alexandra Cameron (born 1993)
    • Finlay Donald Cameron (born 1998)
  • Lord Calum Ian Graham; married in 1991 Catherine Beatrice Fraser-Mackenzie (died 2008). Lord Calum Graham married secondly Estelle Baynes née Parry de Winton on 3 August 2013.[2] He had three children with his first wife:
    • Iain Angus Graham (born 1995)
    • Euan Douglas Graham (born 1996)
    • Christabel Emily Graham (born 2001)
  • Lady Lilias Catriona Maighearad Graham, married Jonathan Dillon Bell of Wellington, New Zealand, and has issue:
    • Charles Michael Dillon Bell (born 1993)
    • Eleanor Caroline Bell (born 1994)

His son and heir, the 8th Duke of Montrose, is currently a Conservative government minister.


Titles and styles[edit]


  1. ^ Graham, Angus And Master of None: The Life & Times of Angus Graham, 7th Duke of Montrose (Stuart Titles, 1996)
  2. ^ "Lord Calum Graham and Mrs E. Baynes". Daily Telegraph. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 

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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
James Graham
Duke of Montrose
Succeeded by
James Graham