Creator(s): Graham, family, of Lisburn and Belfast
Administrative History ↴
The Graham family originated in Scotland and settled in Ulster, probably at Lisnastrain, outside Lisburn, some time in the 17th century. By the early 18th century the family was well established in Lisburn, then a small market and manufacturing town, nine miles south-west of Belfast, and by the turn of the century they owned considerable property at Lisnastrain, and at Bow Street, Market Square and Graham Gardens, Lisburn, as well as head rents in Belfast. The Belfast head rents were possibly acquired through inter-marriage with the Joy and Tomb families, Colonel James Graham having married Louisa Maria Joy in 1865. Colonel Graham, his uncle and namesake, Dr Graham, and other members of the family also saw military and medical service in India during the period 1819-1879.
Archival History ↴
Deposited by Miss Graham
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Graham, family, of Lisburn and Belfast ↴
The Graham papers consist primarily of: title, deeds, leases, wills, accounts, correspondence, etc, 1741, 1777 and 1791-1957, relating to Graham property in and around Lisburn, Co. Antrim, and in Belfast; correspondence and diaries of Dr James Graham and Colonel James Graham, 1819-1905, including some family letters, but chiefly concerned with Dr and Colonel Graham’s service in India and with the Indian Mutiny; and correspondence and diaries of Captain D.C. Graham, including descriptions of Captain Graham’s experience during the 1914-1918 War, when he served with the Royal Engineers in France.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
The collection is arranged as follows:
The letters and papers to c.1910 (mainly deriving from Dr and Colonel James Graham)
The letters and papers deriving mainly from Colonel James Graham’s son, Capt. D.C. Graham, and from subsequent members of the family
Deeds, leases, wills, testamentary papers, account books, plans, inventories, etc, 1741, 1777 and 1791-1954 (mainly 1791-1876)
Conditions of Access & Use
The collection can be consulted in the reading room in PRONI in accordance with PRONI guidelines.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
If a researcher wishes to publish any documents from this collection, a request must be submitted in writing to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
c 4,700 documents + c 95 volumes
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Further related papers are held by PRONI:
T3263 Graham papers - Three volumes of photographs (retained by the family), c.1860-1880, have been copied by PRONI
The Graham correspondence in this collection relating to the Indian Mutiny has been calendared in detail and forms the basis of the PRONI publication 'The Graham Indian Mutiny Papers', edited and introduced by A.T. Harrison, with an historiographical Essay by T.G. Fraser (Belfast, 1980).
Descriptive Control Area
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.
UK Archival Thesaurus (UKAT)
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