James Stewart Duke of Ross

MaleFebruary 1475–12 January 1504

Brief Life History of James

When James Stewart Duke of Ross was born in February 1475, in Edinburgh, Scotland, his father, James III King of Scotland, was 23 and his mother, Margaret Of Denmark Oldenburg, was 18. He died on 12 January 1504, in his hometown, at the age of 28, and was buried in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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James III King of Scotland
Margaret Of Denmark Oldenburg
James IV King of Scotland
James Stewart Duke of Ross
HRH John Stewart, Prince Of Kingdom of Scotland, Earl Of Mar Earl of Mar

Sources (3)

  • Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-22
  • Peerage - James Stewart, Duke of Ross
  • Dictionary of National Biography - James Stewart, Duke of Ross

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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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