Graham Papers

Repository: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleGraham Papers
Archive ReferenceGB 0255 PRONI/D812
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1741-1957
Extent Mediumc 4,700 documents + c 95 volumes


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 ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    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

Access Conditions The collection can be consulted in the reading room in PRONI in accordance with PRONI guidelines.
Conditions Governing ReproductionIf 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.
Creation Dates1741-1957
Extent Mediumc 4,700 documents + c 95 volumes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids A descriptive list is available to search online at: Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialFurther 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
Publication NoteThe 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

Archivist NotePRONI Archivist
Rules/ConventionsISAD(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)
Date of Descriptions41699