end of the Graham's reiving days
Ritchie Graham and his family's reiving continued unbounded until
the early 1600's. But the death of Elizabeth I in 1603 allowed James
VI of Scotland to also become James I of England and the reivers
days were numbered. In the week following the death of Queen Elizabeth
I the Graham, Armstrong and Elliot clans, celebrated with one last,
almighty rampage lifting over four thousand cattle. This is known
as 'Ill Week' and much of the English/Scots border was left ruined.
1606/7 James I ordered the transportation of Richie Graham to Ireland.
At first the family were dispossessed. However, the survival instinct
of the Grahams insured they never fully lost their foothold in the
debatable lands. Once James had declared the reiver and the Grahams
in particular as virtual outlaws, the landed lords in the area began
to reclaim the reivers homes and land.
1606, the forth Earl of Cumberland claimed Brackenhill Tower and
its lands as his own. Richie Graham was now dead, but his widow
protested and produced the tower's title deeds showing that her
father-in-law had purchased the property from Sir Thomas Dacre.
Richard (her son and that of Richie Graham) in due course returned
from exile in Ireland and continued to reside there. It was in this
way that the Grahams of Brackenhill were able to retain their land
and eventually repopulate the area. The property was handed down
from father to son for five generations.
his exile to Ireland one of Richie Graham's descendents continued
to make friends in high places. His relative James walked to London
and managed to get a position in the court of the newly crowned
King James I of England. He became a master to the Duke of Buckinghamshire
made a lot of money returned to the family seat at Netherby as a