The 1st Marquis of Montrose Society

The 1st Marquis of Montrose Society was formed in 1995 and was the inspiration of Alan Macpherson Yr. of Cluny.

A passionate and informative follower of Montrose for many years Alan recognised that, despite being one of Scotland's most noble and militarily gifted leaders, the fascinating exploits of James Graham the 1st Marquis were little recognised.

The main aim of the society is to take every opportunity to promote the name of the 1st Marquis and to attempt to raise public awareness of both him and the impact which he had on Scotland during the civil war period.

To this end the society is active in not only raising the profile of James Graham, but also in attempting to get many of the important sites associated with the 1st Marquis better recognised.


2017 - The Year Ahead

The society looks forward to an interesting and enjoyable year ahead.

Dates for your diaries:

AGM and Dedication

Our AGM and dedication will be held on Saturday 20th May. The guest speaker is Andrew Lind.

The dedication is held at the Montrose Memorial in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh and members with their guests are requested to gather around the Marquis’ tomb at 11.15.

The AGM, followed by a light lunch, will be held at the Royal Scots Club, Albany Street, Edinburgh. Non members are always welcome to join us at this event, but prior notification to the secretary is requested.

Autumn Field Trip - 8th-10th September 2017

The objective for the 2017 field trip is to do something different and the itinerary below aims to look at Montrose from another angle, this time not looking at the military strategist and the battle sites, but at the man, his home life and the geography of where he belonged.

From Friday 8th until Sunday 10th September we will visit the areas and places where the Marquis grew up and worshipped, including Innerpeffray Library, Braco Castle, Kincardine Castle ruins, Auchterarder, the Graham family graves in Aberuthven Cemetery and St MacKessog’s Church.

On Saturday 9th September, after dinner, we look forward to listening to Dr Jim Grant tell us about battlefield medicine in the 17th century.

For a full itinerary and accommodation details, contact the Society secretary:
Shelagh Macpherson Noble on

Council Meeting

The Council held a successful spring meeting and work actively continues on behalf of the Society.

Join Us!

If you have an interest in James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose, and the fascinating history of Scotland in the 17th century, why don’t you join us? New members are always welcome.

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