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James Graham, 6th Duke of Montrose : biography

1 May 1878 - 20 January 1954

James Graham, 6th Duke of Montrose KT CB CVO VD (1 May 1878 – 20 January 1954), was a Scottish nobleman, politician and engineer.

The eldest son of Douglas Graham, 5th Duke of Montrose, he was educated at Eton College. In 1906 he married Lady Mary Douglas-Hamilton, the only child of the 12th Duke of Hamilton. They had four children, James Graham, 7th Duke of Montrose, Lady Mary Graham, Lord Ronald Graham and Lady Jean Graham.

He served in the Mercantile Marine and ASC in South Africa (medal and 3 clasps), 1900; served Auxiliary Naval Service, in World War I 1914–1919 (two medals). He was later Commodore of the Clyde Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and of East Coast of Scotland RNVR, Commodore of the RNVR from 1921, retiring in 1927. He was unpaid Assistant Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1905, and Naval Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty.

He was unsuccessful Conservative parliamentary candidate for Stirlingshire in 1906, at the 1906 by-election at Eye, Suffolk, and at the general election in 1910. He joined the Liberal Party in 1936.


He was Lord Lieutenant of Buteshire from 1920 until 1953 and was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1942 and 1943. He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1905, a Companion of the Bath in 1911 and a Knight of the Thistle in 1947.

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