William Graham, 5th Earl of Menteith

William Graham, 5th Earl of Menteith (c. 1555 – c. 1578), was a 16th-century Scottish nobleman.


William Graham was given the gift of his own ward and marriage in 1565, following the death of his father John Graham, 4th Earl of Menteith. This suggests that he was under the age of majority at the time of his father's death. Even though he was not yet of age, he was known and acknowledged as the Earl of Menteith despite the crown holding the earldom.[1]

He officially received the earldom from the crown in November 1571, and so it is likely that he was probably born around November 1555. He married Margaret Douglas and had two sons and a daughter:

  • John Graham, who succeeded to the earldom;
  • George Graham; and
  • Helen Graham.[1]

About ten days before his death, William Graham allegedly left a will that his son John should remain in the charge of George Buchanan, his brother in law.[1]


  1. Douglas, David (1909). The Scotts Peerage (Founded on Wood's Edition). T.A. and Constable. p. 162.
Preceded by
John Graham
Earl of Menteith
1571 c. 1578
Succeeded by
John Graham
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