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James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose

His Grace
The Duke of Montrose
File:The 8th Duke of Montrose Allan Warren.jpg
Portrait of the Duke in 1997.
Born James Graham
(1935-04-06) April 6, 1935 (age 80)
Southern Rhodesia
Title Duke of Montrose
Tenure 1992Template:Spaced ndash
Predecessor James Graham, 7th Duke of Montrose
Heir James Alexander, Marquess of Graham
Spouse(s) Catherine Young
Issue Lady Hermione Elizabeth Graham
James Alexander, Marquess of Graham
Lord Ronald John Christopher Graham

James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose (born 6 April 1935), known as Earl of Kincardine until 1954 and Marquess of Graham between 1954 and 1992, is a Southern Rhodesia-born hereditary peer of the Peerage of Scotland and a British Conservative Party politician.



The Duke was born in Southern Rhodesia, where his father, then the Marquess of Graham, was attempting to establish a farm.


On 31 January 1970, as Marquess of Graham, he married Catherine Elizabeth MacDonell Young (d. 29 October 2014[1]), of Canada.

They have three children:

  • Lady Hermione Elizabeth Graham (20 July 1971), married 1998 Christopher John Thornhill
  • James Alexander Norman Graham, Marquess of Graham (born 16 August 1973), married 2004 Cecilia Manfredi, without issue
  • Lord Ronald John Christopher Graham (13 October 1975), unmarried and without issue


The Duke attended boarding school in Scotland, first in Aberdeenshire and after that at the Loretto School near Edinburgh.

Politics and international relations

The Duke considers himself a Conservative and took his seat in the House of Lords on his father's death in 1992. He is one of three dukes to have re-entered the House (of the 24 non-royal dukes eligible) following the House of Lords Act 1999, having been one of the 92 peers chosen or elected by the others sitting. The other dukes in the upper house among these 92 are the Duke of Somerset, who won a by-election in December 2014, and the Duke of Norfolk who, as hereditary Earl Marshal and one of the Great Officers of State, does not have to stand for election.

The Duke of Montrose was a shadow minister for the Scotland Office before the 2010 General Election. He has also spent some time in China promoting renewable energy and environmental measures, and he is a fluent speaker of Mandarin.

Titles and styles

Styles of
The 8th Duke of Montrose
Reference style His Grace
Spoken style Your Grace
Alternative style Sir



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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
James Angus Graham
Duke of Montrose
Succeeded by
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
His Grace The Duke of Atholl
Gentlemen Succeeded by
His Grace The Duke of Roxburghe