John Stewart

Brief Life History of John

John Stewart was born in 1775, in Scotland. He married Janet Tennant on 26 October 1795, in Abbey, Renfrewshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters.

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Family Time Line

John Stewart
1775–
Janet Tennant
1775–
Marriage: 26 October 1795
John Stewart
1796–
Mary Stewart
1799–
Margaret Stewart
1801–
Alexander Stewart
1815–
Mary Stewart
1818–

Sources (5)

  • John Stewart, "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910"
  • John Stewart in entry for Mary Stewart, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • John Stewart in entry for Mary Stewart, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

Name Meaning

Scottish (Lanarkshire) and English: originally an occupational name for an administrative official of an estate, from Middle English stiward, Old English stigweard, stīweard, a compound of stig ‘house(hold)’ + weard ‘guardian’. In the Anglo-Saxon period this title was used of an officer controlling the domestic affairs of a household, especially of the royal household; after the Norman Conquest it was also used more widely as the native equivalent of Seneschal, for the steward of a manor or manager of an estate. In Scotland the term was also used of a magistrate originally appointed by the king to administer crown lands, forming a stewartry.

History: Stuart or Stewart is the surname of one of the great families of Scotland, the royal family of Scotland from the 14th century, and of England from 1603, when James VI of Scotland acceded to the English throne as James I. There were many minor branches of the family left in Britain after the flight of James II in 1688, but not every bearer of the surname can claim relationship with the royal house, even in Scotland. Every great house in medieval England and Scotland had its steward, and in many cases the office gave rise to a hereditary surname. The fall of the house of Stuart in Britain, conversely, led to the establishment of several highly placed branches bearing this surname in continental Europe, which are in most cases related to the old Scottish royal family.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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