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Ancestors of Robert McCutcheon - John Graham

John Graham

#28, (3 Jul 1855 - 8 Jul 1927)
John Graham|b. 1855\nd. 1927|p28.htm|Andrew Graham|b. 1823\nd. 1895|p194.htm|Isabella Hall|b. 1825\nd. 1897|p195.htm|George Graham|b. c 1792\nd. 1857|p363.htm|Elizabeth Allan|b. c 1791|p364.htm|John Hall|b. 1785\nd. 1858|p365.htm|Mary Ronaldson|b. 1793\nd. 1878|p366.htm|

Relationship   Great-grandfather of Robert Stewart McCutcheon.
Last Edited   25 Nov 2007
Charts   My ancestors
Adam Henderson's descendants
William Louden and the Lothian descendants

Father   Andrew Graham (1823 - 24 Apr 1895)
Mother   Isabella Hall (14 Sep 1825 - 5 Apr 1897)

Birth* 3 Jul 1855 Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland1,2,3,4,5 
Marriage* 29 Dec 1876 Margaret Robina Muir Lothian; Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland6 
Death* 8 Jul 1927 207 Haliburton Place, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland 
Occupation* Shepherd7,8,5 
Note* My great-grandfather was a shepherd. I can imagine him and his collies reining in the sheep on the slopes and pastures of Lauderdale, one of the most pleasant valleys in Scotland. At one point in his life he was domiciled at the farmstead of Newbigging, just east of Lauder, I pass this farm everytime I drive down to England and when I do so my thoughts go immediately to my grandfather. I have no photos of him (as far as I know), but going by the faces of some of his children (and judging by the photos of his wife Margaret Lothian) he would have had a dignified face with deep set eyes. Well that's my hunch !
My Graham grandparents are buried in the cemetery just outside Lauder, a pleasant country cemetery. I remember visiting it in the late 60s, probably after the death of my Granny Calder. It was a sunny summer evening, and my mother must have wanted to pay a visit to the grave of her grandparents, even though they both died within two years of her birth.
Fast forward thirty years when I become interested in genealogy and concentrating on my mother's lines. I barely remebered visiting that cemetery in Lauder all these years ago, but the important thing was that I had ancestors buried there, and had to visit the grave. Well we had a few drives around the outskirts of Lauder looking in vain for this cemetery till finally we came to its gates. Walking through them and up the gravel path, lo and behold memories of the 1960s evening came back to me. Anne and I still had to find the gravestone. It was located near the south wall and almost hidden by an overhanging bush. Although the cemetery was tidy, I was furious at the way this bush had been allowed to almost shroud my great-grandparents' gravestone - so I tore away the offending branches with my bare hands untol the face of the headstone was clear. I'm happy to report the greenkeeper has taken the hint and on subsequent visits has ensured John and Margaret Graham's gravestone is clear for all to see.9 
Occupation c 1876 Farm servant6 
Residence 1881 Loan, Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland5 
Residence* 1901 3 High Street, Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland4 


  Margaret Robina Muir Lothian (30 Oct 1856 - 27 Dec 1928)
Children  1. Helen Graham (excluded)
  2. Isabella Graham (excluded)
  3. Margaret Muir Graham (excluded)
  4. Mary Graham (excluded)
  5. Andrew Graham (excluded)
  6. Jemima Murray Graham (excluded)
  7. George Graham (excluded)
  8. Agnes Graham (excluded)
  9. Elizabeth Graham+ (1898 - 1967)


  1. Copy birth certificate: John Graham, 3 Jul 1855.
  2. IGI.
  3. 1891 Census for Berwickshire.
  4. 1901 Census for Berwickshire.
  5. Scottish RO, 1881 census for Berwickshire.
  6. Copy marriage certificate: John Graham and Margaret Robina Muir Lothian, 29 Dec 1876.
  7. 1891 Census for Berwickshire, "19."
  8. 1901 Census for Berwickshire, "1."
  9. Robert Stewart McCutcheon, Nov 2007.