David Graham

???? - 1827


Father of the artist John Graham Gilbert, and said to have been a West India merchant in Glasgow. Devine showed presumably the same man as 'Graham, David: son of Alex. Graham, merchant in Glasgow. Held shares in Patrick Playfair and Co., West India merchants.' No slave-ownership or mortgage of 'slave-property' in David Graham's own name has yet been traced, but the Playfair family appears in a claim as mortgagees of Drews Hill in Antigua.


R. E. Graves, ‘Gilbert, John Graham (1794–1866)’, rev. George Fairfull Smith, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/11228, accessed 17 Oct 2014] - it is possible that Jane Gilbert, John Graham Gilbert's wife from whose family he took his surname in order to inherit under the will of her uncle Andrew Gilbert of Yorkhill (of which David Graham was co-executor when it was made in 1824), was the sister of John Gilbert of Antigua (q.v.); T.M. Devine, 'An Eighteenth-Century Business élite: Glasgow-West India Merchants, c. 1750-1815' The Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 57, No. 163, Part 1 (Apr., 1978), pp. 40-67; T71 Antigua No. 114.

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David Graham was shown by T. M. Devine as holding shares in Patrick Playfair & Co. at his (Graham's) death c....