Janet Stewart of Atholl, relic of Sutherland, latterly of Girvanmains, relic of Methven - Lady of Methven

Brief Life History of Janet

When Janet Stewart of Atholl, relic of Sutherland, latterly of Girvanmains, relic of Methven - Lady of Methven was born on 17 July 1505, in Scotland, her father, John Stewart 2nd Earl of Atholl, was 30 and her mother, Lady Janet Campbell of Argyll, Countess of Atholl, was 19. She married Alexander Gordon Master of Sutherland on 16 June 1520, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She died in 1566, in Haddington, Haddingtonshire, Scotland, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Gordon Master of Sutherland
1505–1530
Janet Stewart of Atholl, relic of Sutherland, latterly of Girvanmains, relic of Methven - Lady of Methven
1505–1566
Marriage: 16 June 1520
William Gordon
1515–1577
James GORDON
1519–1575
Janet Gordon-Sutherland
1521–1577
John Gordon 11th Earl of Sutherland
1523–1567
Alexander Gordon
1527–1567
Janet Gordon-Sutherland
1527–

Sources (18)

  • Janet Stewart & Hugh Kennedy Marriage information
  • Lady Janet Stewart Stewart, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Janet Stewart in entry for Dorathe Ruthven, "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.

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