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Graham (of Menteith?) Arms

February 27, 2011

[These arms had been mis-identified here as those of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, of Ardoch (1852-1936), the Scottish politician and adventurer.  W. R. B. Cunninghame Graham of Gartmore has communicated the following correction, which he has kindly allowed me to post here.  The arms of the bookplate remain unidentified.]

These are not the arms of R B (Don Roberto) Cunninghame Graham. Nor are they the arms of the Graham Baronets of Gartmore (as I have the original matriculations of 1665 – Or, a crescent Gules in the centre of the shield and three escallops Or on a chief Sable) and of 1672 (quartered 1st & 4th, Or, a pale gules charged with a crescent argent, a chief sable with three escallops of the first; 2 & 3, Or, a fess chequay Azure & Argent, with a chevron gules in chief; in eschucheon the arms of Nova Scotia.

Nicol Graham of Gartmore matriculated arms in 1772 – effectively those of the Baronets, but without the arms of Nova Scotia and with the addition of supporters. These are the arms that Don Roberto inherited and passed on to his heir.

The quarterings of the arms above are Graham (1 & 4) and Stewart Earls of Menteith (fess chequay) and Strathern (chevron), not Labalmondiere (an alias adopted by Cunninghame Graham’s wife, who was born Caroline Horsfall (see Jean Cunninghame Graham’s “Gaucho Laird” or Anne Taylor’s “People’s Laird”). This quartering is common among Menteith Grahams (eg Glenny, Duchray, etc).

I have recently registered my arms (inherited from my late Grandfather – Adm Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham (see Burke’s Landed Gentry 1952) – who was Don Roberto’s heir) which differ from those of Don Roberto only in that the arms of Cunninghame, Earl of Glencairn have been substituted for the Stewart Earldoms of Menteith and Strathern in the 3rd quarter (http://www.armorial-register.com/arms-sco/cunninghame-graham-arms.html).

— W R B Cunninghame Graham of Gartmore

The bookplate is found on the front pastedown of each of the three volumes of a copy of Edward Ward’s The History of the Grand Rebellion (London: Printed for J. Morphew, 1713) in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College Library, Northampton Massachusetts.  For other owners of the volume, see the preceding post, “Badge of an Earl of Derby.”

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  1. November 4, 2011 9:21 am

    Dear Sir

    These are not the arms of R B (Don Roberto) Cunninghame Graham. Nor are they the arms of the Graham Baronets of Gartmore (as I have the original matriculations of 1665 – Or, a crescent Gules in the centre of the shield and three escallops Or on a chief Sable) and of 1672 (quartered 1st & 4th, Or, a pale gules charged with a crescent argent, a chief sable with three escallops of the first; 2 & 3, Or, a fess chequay Azure & Argent, with a chevron gules in chief; in eschucheon the arms of Nova Scotia.

    Nicol Graham of Gartmore matriculated arms in 1772 – effectively those of the Baronets, but without the arms of Nova Scotia and with the addition of supporters. These are the arms that Don Roberto inherited and passed on to his heir.

    The quarterings of the arms above are Graham (1 & 4) and Stewart Earls of Menteith (fess chequay) and Strathern (chevron), not Labalmondiere (an alias adopted by Cunninghame Graham’s wife, who was born Caroline Horsfall (see Jean Cunninghame Graham’s “Gaucho Laird” or Anne Taylor’s “People’s Laird”). This quartering is common among Menteith Grahams (eg Glenny, Duchray, etc).

    I have recently registered my arms (inherited from my late Grandfather – Adm Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham (see Burke’s Landed Gentry 1952) – who was Don Roberto’s heir) which differ from those of Don Roberto only in that the arms of Cunninghame, Earl of Glencairn have been substituted for the Stewart Earldoms of Menteith and Strathern in the 3rd quarter (http://www.armorial-register.com/arms-sco/cunninghame-graham-arms.html).

    Regards

    W R B Cunninghame Graham of Gartmore

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