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.


Dates for your Diaries

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and while it is impossible to plan ahead with confidence, the Council has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone our usual May event, comprising the Dedication to the Marquis in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, followed by the AGM, lunch and talk. We now hope to hold a similar event in September, which will include the Dedication, AGM and other Edinburgh based events. The annual field trip, normally held in September, prevents social distancing to be observed and the responsible decision has been taken to move it to September 2022 when we hope life will be back to normal. In the meantime, we are offering the opportunity to join a Zoom lecture, delivered by Dr Andrew Lind on Saturday 22nd May at 12 noon. The title of the lecture is:

‘Bad and Evill Patriotts’ – Royalism in Scotland during the British Civil Wars, c.1638-1651

If you wish to ‘attend’ Dr Lind’s lecture, please send an email to: and the Zoom link will be sent to you.

Details of the September event will be published when we have a clearer picture of the easing of restrictions.

Shelagh Macpherson Noble
April 2021

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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