Mary Jane Graham (née Love)

2nd Jun 1800 - ????


Daughter of David Love and his wife Janet Starret. Her uncle Robert Starret, whose will was proved in 1824, bequeathed her £3,000 payable from the profits of Mount Rich estate in Grenada. She married Major Duncan Graham in Edinburgh that same year. Duncan Graham was awarded one third of the compensation for 280 enslaved people on Mount Rich.

  1. Mary Jean Love, daughter of David Love, Sarfter[?] and Carpenter, and Janet Starret, born 02/06/1800 and baptised 14/06/1800 in West Kilbride, Ayrshire.

  2. 'Captain Duncan Graham of the 6th Regiment of Foot, residing in No. 17 Meadow Place, and Miss Mary Jane Love, residing in the same place, both in this parish, daughter of the late Daniel Love Esquire of West Kilbride Ayrshire have been three times proclaimed in order to marriage in the parish church of St Cuthberts and no objections have been offered.' Three children born to Duncan Graham and Mary Jane Love: Duncan Daniel (born 18/08/1826, baptised in 1826 in Largs, Ayrshire), Janet (born 26/08/1830, baptised in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire) and John (born 14/02/1832 and baptised 1832 in Kilbarchan).

  3. Living at Greenfield, Irvine, Ayrshire, in the 1841 census, age 38, with Duncan Graham, age 55 [sic, actually age 65], of independent means, with Duncan (14), Robert (12), Jessie (9), John (8), Mary (7), Nicol (5), Christina (1 month). Deceased by 1851 when her husband was given as a widower at Hawhill, West Kilbride.


T71/880 Grenada no. 698A & B; will of Robert Starret, PROB 11/1692/181.

  1. GROS OPR Births 620 10 425 West Kilbride.

  2. GROS OPR Marriages 685/2 410 58 St Cutherbert's. Familysearch batch nos. C11602-4 and C11568-4.

  3. 1841 and 1851 censuses online.

Further Information

Maiden Name
Duncan Graham
Duncan Daniel (1826-), Robert Stirret (1827-), Janet or Jessie (1830-1897), John (1832-), Mary Jane (1834-), Nicol (1836-), Christina Ann (1841-)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1824 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Legatee

Bequeathed £3,000 to be paid out of Robert Starret's 1/3 share in the profits of Mount Rich. Her husband was awarded 1/3 of the slave compensation in 1834 so presumably this legacy had not been paid in full ten years later.

Relationships (4)

Wife → Husband
Daughter → Mother
Sister → Brother
Niece → Uncle

Addresses (2)

17 Meadow Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Greenfield, Irvine, Ayrshire, Southern Scotland, Scotland