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.
2018 - 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 19th May. The guest speaker is Lt Col Malcolm McVittie.
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.
2018 Autumn Field Trip
The 2018 Autumn Trip will take place from Friday 7th – Sunday 11th September. This year we will return to Philiphaugh in the Scottish Borders where we have a busy weekend planned, including visits to:
- Traquair House, Innerleithen
- Sunderland Hall which overlooks the ford where Leslie’s troops crossed
- the house in Selkirk where the Marquis stayed the night before the battle
- the battlefield
- Newark Castle where the Irish prisoners were taken after the battle
Details on the guest speaker, after dinner on the Saturday night are still being finalised and will be updated when complete.
The Council held a successful spring meeting and work actively continues on behalf of the Society.
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.