James Graham

James Graham (1612 - 1650)



James Graham, the first Marquis of Montrose, is better known for his military career than his poetry. 

Full Biography

First Marquis of Montrose, James Graham was a signatory to the National Covenant of Scotland who came to fight against the Covenanters on behalf of King Charles I. Historically thought of in terms of this military career, much of the present knowledge of his poetry is owed to the 18th century bookseller James Watson, who published Graham's work in a compendium of 'ancient and modern' Scottish writing. Betrayed after defeat at Carbisdale and executed in 1650 with a copy of one of his poems round hanging round his neck, the most recent and comprehensive collection of his works is Civil Warrior: the extraordinary life and complete poetical works of James Graham, First Marquis of Montrose, edited by Robin Bell (Luath, 2002). 

Poems by James Graham