John Graham, 4th Earl of Montrose

John Graham, 4th Earl of Montrose (1573–1626) was a Scottish nobleman, Earl of Montrose from 1608 to the 1620s. He was for a time Lord President of the Privy Council of Scotland.

He was a Catholic, as the English ambassador William Asheby noted in November 1589, on the death of his uncle Mungo Graham, Master Household to James VI.[1]

In January 1595, in revenge for the death of his kinsman John Graham of Hallyards, he fought with James Sandilands on the Royal Mile. Sandilands' brother-in-law William Crauford, brother of the laird of Carse was killed.[2]

He was at court in Royston in England in 1614 and the court physician Théodore de Mayerne treated him for melancholy.[3]

Marriage and FamilyEdit

He married Margaret Ruthven, daughter of William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie and Dorothea Stewart. Their children included:


  • MacDonald, Alan R. "Graham, John, fourth earl of Montrose". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/67519. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  1. ^ Calendar State Papers Scotland, vol. 10 (Edinburgh, 1936), pp. 199-200.
  2. ^ John Mackenzie, A chronicle of the kings of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1830), p. 152.
  3. ^ Joseph Browne, Theo. Turquet Mayernii Opera medica (London, 1703), pp. 163-71
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Graham
Earl of Montrose
Succeeded by
James Graham