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John Stewart

Male 1429 - 1495  (66 years)


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  • Name John Stewart  [1, 2
    Alternate birth Between 1428 and 1429  of Darnley, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Born 1429  of Darnley, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 31 Aug 1495 and 11 Sep 1495  [6, 7
    Person ID I27346  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JMF, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 2 May 2021 

    Father Alan Stewart,   b. Between 1407 and 1410, of Darnley, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1438, Polmais Thorne, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Mother Katherine Seton,   b. Abt 1410,   d. Bef 7 Feb 1478  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 1428  [3
    Family ID F16355  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Montgomery 
    Married Bef 20 Jul 1461  [3, 5
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Stewart
    +2. Elizabeth Stewart
    +3. John Stewart,   b. Abt 1465,   d. 9 Sep 1513, Flodden Field, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Last Modified 2 May 2021 
    Family ID F16326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • First Lord Darnley, and first Earl of Lennox of the Stewart line.

      Direct paternal great-great-great grandfather of James VI and I of Scotland and England.

      "[E]stablished his rights as Earl only after long controversy and then resigned the earldom's lands to his son in 1490, reserving his liferent […] [b]y which means he did not denude himself of the earldom but rather directed its destination." [The Ancestry of Charles II, citation details below]

      "Throughout his life Darnley's overriding ambition was to validate his claim to all or part of the earldom of Lennox. He was the grandson of John Stewart of Darnley and Elizabeth of Lennox, who were married shortly after 23 September 1406. Elizabeth was one of the three daughters of Duncan, earl of Lennox (executed in 1425). After 1437 Lennox had been held by Earl Duncan's eldest daughter, Isabella, duchess of Albany and countess of Lennox, the widow of Murdoch, duke of Albany. Isabella died without any legitimate heirs and in the years following her death Darnley pursued a claim to half of Lennox as the grandson of Countess Isabella's sister Elizabeth. The other half of the earldom was claimed by Sir John Haldane of Gleneagles and John Napier of Merchiston, husbands of the granddaughters of Earl Duncan's third daughter, Margaret of Lennox. Darnley's most serious rival, however, was Andrew Stewart, Lord Avondale, chancellor of the kingdom, who was the illegitimate son of Countess Isabella's son Walter." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, citation details below]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3859] The Chiefs of Colquhoun and Their Country by William Fraser. Edinburgh, 1869.

    2. [S5591] Charles G. Kurz, "The Ancestral History of Margaret Campbell of Keithick (1571 - c. 1631)." Yearbook of the American Clan Gregor Society 62, p. 55, 1978.

    3. [S1480] The Ancestry of Charles II, King of England: A Medieval Heritage by Charles M. Hansen and Neil D. Thompson. Saline, Michigan: McNaughton and Gunn, 2012.

    4. [S800] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Ed. James Balfour Paul. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-1914., place only.

    5. [S4441] Andrew B. W. MacEwen, "Seven Scottish Countesses, A Miscellany: I. Margaret Montgomery, Countess of Lennox." The Genealogist 11:176, Fall 1997.

    6. [S800] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Ed. James Balfour Paul. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-1914.

    7. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.