m.1962 - Claudia Eva Page-Phillips (née Tannert)
- daughter of Frederick Tannert of Bickley, Kent

Robert Maxtone Graham is the senior family historian, an observer of life, a writer and an adept genealogical researcher. He was born in 1931, the youngest child of Tony Maxtone Graham and Joyce Anstruther, the writer, Jan Struther. He was educated in the USA, at Stowe, at Trinity College Cambridge (1st class honours in law, MA), and at the University of Edinburgh. He completed National Service with the Scots Guards (1949-51) serving in Malaya and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. In 1956, he was admitted as an Advocate of the Scots Bar.Ysenda & Michael Maxtone-Smith

He began working with ICI in London and Liverpool in 1957 then became in-house lawyer for Pfizer Ltd., of Sandwich, Kent, between 1960 and 1963. He founded Maxtone Graham & Co, Auctioneers and Estate Agents, of Sandwich in 1963 and is still engaged in family property management. In 1980, he became a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and was a Consultant Planning Inspector, Department of the Environment, from 1980 until 1997, when he retired.

With Claudia, he is now the proprietor of the Malthouse Arcade, Hythe, Kent - an antiques and collectors' market, founded in 1974 - and of St. John's Cottages, Sandwich - holiday lettings. Recreations: genealogy, book-collecting, photography. Publications: Catalogue of Pamphlets belonging to the Speculative Society of Edinburgh (as its Librarian, 1957); contributor to The Juridical Review, 1957; a series of privately printed pamphlets, etc., for annual family circulation at Christmas, 1973-2001.

Robert and Claudia Maxtone Graham have one daughter, Ysenda May Maxtone Graham. She married Michael James Smith in 1993. They have three sons: Toby Robert Maxtone-Smith, Charles Mungo Maxtone-Smith and Francis James Maxtone-Smith. Ysenda Maxtone Graham is also a writer and public speaker.

Ysenda Maxtone Graham - biographical details extracted from Debrett's 'People of Today' (1998 edition)

MAXTONE-SMITH, Ysenda May; daughter of Robert Mungo Maxtone Graham qv, of Sandwich, Kent;b. 31 December 1962 - Educ. The King's School Canterbury, Girton Coll Cambridge (MA) - m. 14 Aug 1993, Michael James Smith (who upon marriage adopted by deed poll surname of Maxtone-Smith), son of David Smith, JP, of Keyworth, Notts; 2 sons (Toby Robert b. 2 July 1994, Charles Mungo b. 8 Oct 1996); Career as Ysenda Maxtone Graharn, columnist for the Express on Sunday, freelance journalist writing for Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Church Times, Harpers and Queen, Tatler and others; Books "The Church Hesitant" a Portrait of the Church of England Today (1993), Without a Guide (contrib., 1996).

Ysenda Maxtone GrahamYsenda Maxtone Graham and Winnie The Pooh - Telegraph Article - 13 May 1999 - now (2002) off line. It may be archived. The article outlines her creative and semantic adventures in writing some of the more modern Pooh stories for Disney. In which I have a spot of bother with Pooh

Ysenda has written The Real Mrs. Miniver - the biography of her grandmother, Jan Struther (publishers John Murray, London, November 2001). Click on the title for details and/or the JM logo to visit the publishers - place an order/buy a copy. Access to Publisher's Web Site - John Murray, London

The book went to a second reprint within three months of publication and is now also published and available in the United States of America. Her acclaimed biography was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2002. In 2003, she was selected as one of the three Biography category judges for the Whitbread Awards. See this link for details.


The lineage of the Maxtone and the Maxtone Graham families can be traced back to 1410 when Robert De Maxton had a charter of the lands of Cultoquhey. Details of the family history may be found on this site by following the line back. Further information can be found via the Burke's Landed Gentry (Scotland) web site where additional family photographs appear with the permission of Robert Maxtone Graham.