John Graham was born in County Longford and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained in 1798 and became Rector of Magilligan, County Londonderry, until 1824. He was an Orangeman and was imprisoned for riorous behaviour in the early nineteenth century. Many of his publications appeared in periodicals, and he also published Annals of Ireland; Derriana and volumes of verse. He died at Magilligan.