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Alexander Sutherland-Graeme

Alexander Sutherland-Graeme

Male 1806 - 1894  (88 years)

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  • Name Alexander Sutherland-Graeme  [1
    Born 9 Oct 1806  Islington, London baptized St Mary Islington, 14-12-1806 Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Nov 1894  13 Dane Road, St Leonards his sons address Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I11483  My Relatives
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father William Sutherland,   b. 1751, Kirkwall, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1817, Greenwall, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Henrietta Fea,   b. Abt 1760,   d. 1806, Died in childbirth buried 14-11-1806 Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1795 
    Family ID F4466  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann Graham,   b. 1807, India From Speldhurst, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1877, Hastings interred fairlight Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 28 May 1828  St George, Hanover Square, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Henrietta Florence Sutherland-Graeme,   b. 1844, Clifton, Glostershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869, Christchurch, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)  [natural]
     2. Alexander Malcolm Sutherland-Graeme,   b. 1845, Cossington, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1908, St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F4469  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • [Honyman.FTW]

      Alexander Sutherland-Graeme 7th of Graemshall

      The chancel screen of St Olafs, Kirkwall was dedicated in 1897 to the memory of Mr. Sutherland-Graeme of Graemeshall, Holm. It originally formed part of the Episcopal gallery and throne, erected during the reign of King Charles I, in Kirkwall’s St. Magnus Cathedral during the episcopacy of Mr. Graeme’s ancestor, Bishop George Graeme.

      With the death of Alexander Sutherland’s mother in child birth and his father shortly before in Jamaica, he was brought up and educated in the south of England by his guardians. His paternal grandparents were Dr Hugh Sutherland of Kirkwall and Margaret Graeme (b. 1707, d. 1762).

      The Graemes were another of the Orkney lairds with property in Holm on the East Mainland of Orkney. They were descended from George Graham, Bishop of Orkney (b. 1565, d. 1645) and his son, Patrick Graeme of Rothiesholm and Greenwall, I of Greameshall.

      With the death in 1818 of the unmarried Admiral Alexander Graham VI of Graemeshall (b. 1741), a cousin of Alexander Sutherland’s father, the estate passed to Alexander. The admiral had never met the 12 year old who was to inherit his estate.

      Alexander married Mary Ann Graham. He adopted the name Sutherland Graeme as opposed to just Sutherland, to reflect his ownership of the Graemeshall estate. He was therefore the first of the “Sutherland Graemes”. He only made three visits to Orkney.

      The little orphaned son born in 1806 assumed the name of Graeme in addition to Sutherland and became


      He succeeded his old cousin the Admiral when but twelve years old, and grew up to be an honoured member of society and to have devoted friends.

      When riding with Mr Malcolm (of the Burnside family) at Moreton in the Marsh, Alexander Sutherland-Graeme had a severe fall from his horse which necessitated his abandoning the intention of his guardians (Mr Laing Meason of Lindertes and John Irvine, J.P.) that he should enter the Life Guards. Alexander Graeme however continued to enjoy life with all the ardour of a young man of spirit. The ball he gave in Edinburgh when he was nineteen years of age was remembered long after the middle of the century. The young heir of Graemeshall knew how to play the host when he knocked two houses in Charlotte Square into one, and gave an entertainment the success of which made Edinburgh ring. Years after his only son, on visiting the Modern Athens, was greeted with warmth as the representative of the host of that entertainment. Three years after thus entertaining his friends Alexander Graeme settled down as a benedict; he married in 1828 Mary Ann, daughter of Mr Robert Graham of Cossington, Somerset.

      The Grahams of Kinross and Cossington are descended from the Montrose through the House of Callendar; the first Graeme of Callendar was George Grame, second son of William, second Lord Grame of Kincardine fourteenth in line; and Lady Anne Douglas, daughter of the Earl of Angus.

      Mr Robert Graham was judge in Joanpor, H.E.I.C. Service, and married Sarah Paul (heiress of Cossington, Somerset, through her cousin the Rev. Thomas Hobbs). Their children were George Semple Graham of Cossington, who has issue; Elizabeth, married E. Barnard Lennard, Esq.; William, Colonel in Bombay Fusiliers, married Susan, daughter of General Sir Thomas Downman, G.C.B., and has issue; Amelia, married William Dowdeswell of Pull Court, Esq., and has issue; Mr Robert Graham and Miss Paul's eldest daughter Marianne married Alexander Sutherland-Graeme of Graemeshall, the subject of this sketch, descended from William, first Earl of Montrose, elder brother to George Grame of Callendar.

      About the year 1850 there commenced a strong friendship between Mr Sutherland-Graeme and the late Bishop Woodford of Ely, and Archdeacon Denison, and he became a strong Churchman. A Conservative of the old school, Mr Sutherland-Graeme took a keen and active interest in politics, and the last real bit of political happiness he had was immediately preceding his death when he received the news of the Forfarshire election in 1894.

      Mr Sutherland-Graeme lost his wife in 1877 but lived for many years after, his health however obliging him to reside at St Leonards where he enjoyed the society of a large circle of friends.

      An only son and daughter were the result of his marriage with Miss Marianne Graham; the daughter, Henrietta, predeceased her parents in 1869; she was unmarried.
      At 1851 census at 16 Cornwallis Crescent, Clifton, Somerset a Landed Proprietor
      At 1881 census at 4 Pevensey Road, Hastings, St Mary Magdalen a Landowner and Justice of the Peace
      On 29th November 1894 Mr Alexander Sutherland-Graeme passed peacefully to rest and the world was the poorer for the loss of so upright a gentleman.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Honyman.FTW.
      Date of Import: 5 Dec 2007