Thomas Graham Esq 1752-1819 of India and later of Kinross Scotland
Thomas Graham Esq
Of India and later of Kinross in Scotland
Born: 1752 and died 1819.
Son of: John Graham of Edinburgh and his second wife Helen Graham nee Mayne (sister of Robert and William Mayne).
1. John Graham (1741-1775) who married Mary Shewen (1737?-1798).
2. Possibly a Robert Graham (1751-????). His wife Mrs Graham was painted in 1781. They had no children.
3. Jean Park nee Graham (17??-1801) who married Lieut-Colonel Park of Lochern. They had no children.
Half brother of:
4. George Graham (1730-1801) son of John Graham and his first wife Anges MacFarlane.
Thomas married: Ann Paul.
Thomas and Ann had issue :
1. Anna Maria Templer nee Graham.
2. Helen Montgomery nee Graham who married Sir James Montgomery (1766-1839 ).
3. Thomas Henry Graham (killed by pirates).
Thomas Graham: An Overview
We know of Thomas from the following sources:
Sir William Mayne, who was the brother of his mother Helen Graham, helped to get appointments for both Thomas and his brother John to work for the East India company in India.
Thomas Graham lived at Benares in India. In the East India Company he was a Bengal Civil Servant and a member of the Board of Revenue. He was also a partner in the private firm of Thomas Graham, John Mowbray, Robert Graham and William Skirrow.
Thomas's elder half brother George, had initially gone to Jamaica where he worked as a planter but after 1770 he also went to India (also helped by his uncle Sir William Mayne) and joined his two younger half brothers Thomas and John. They all appear to have made lots of money. On his return to England George worked as a merchant in London and later in 1777 he bought Kinross house in Scotland. George had an illegitimate son James Graham but James did not inheriet Kinross House. Instead it passed to John's brother Thomas Graham. After Thomas's death in 1819 the estate passed to his daughter Helen who had married Sir James Montgomery.
From the 'Book of the Graemes and Grahams' by Louisa Grace Graeme, we have the following:
Thomas Graham the fourth and youngest son of John Graham of Kernock (Helen's third son) was born on the 5th October 1752, he also went to India and was member of the Supreme Council of Bengal; he married Ann Paul, a daughter of Henry Paul, Esq.; Mr Strangeways writes of her and her sister (who became the wife of George Templer Esq., of Shapwick, Devon, which estate he purchased from the Rolls on his re-turn from India) they were the most beautiful women ever married in India.
Thomas, on his return from India with his wife Ann Paul, bought the Manor of Burleigh and also succeeded to the estate of Kinross from his half-brother George Graham (as mentioned on pages 597-8). An only son and two daughters were born of the marriage, the son born in 1784 was brought up by his aunt, Mrs Templer of Shapwick, he unfortunately lost his life in 1808 when on his way to India at the taking of the 'Kent'.
Thomas Graham, who had by that date inherited Kinross, left that estate to whichever of his two daughters should first have a son; both married; the eldest, Ann, became the wife of her cousin the Rev. G. H. Templer, Rector of Shapwick (son of George Templer and the lovely Miss Paul), their daughter was named Sophia and married H. Strangeways, Esq., and has issue. The younger daughter of Mr Graham of Kinross and Ann Paul was Helen, she married Sir James Montgomerie of Stobo Castle, Baronet and M.P. for Perthshire, and becoming the mother of a son brought the estate of Kinross to the Montgomeries of Stobo Castle, who thus represent the Grahams of Kinross
Kinross House, Scotland
(Home) (Graham Thomas portrait A) (Graham Thomas portrait B) (Graham Thomas portrait C) (Ann Graham nee Paul portrait)
(Helen Graham Lady Montgomery portrait) (Sir James Montgomery portrait) (Bookplate of Thomas Graham) (Anna Maria Templer nee Graham portrait)