John Stewart Earl of Mar

Brief Life History of John

When John Stewart Earl of Mar was born in 1456, in Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James II Stewart King of Scotland, was 26 and his mother, Maria van Gueldres, was 25. He died on 18 July 1479, in Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland, at the age of 23, and was buried in Craigmiller Castle, Midlothian, Scotland.

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Family Time Line

James II Stewart King of Scotland
1430–1460
Maria van Gueldres
1431–1463
Princess Margaret Cecilia Stewart
1450–1512
James III Stewart -King of Scotland
1451–1488
Mary Stewart Countess of Arran
1453–1488
Alexander Stewart 1st Duke of Albany
1454–1485
David Stewart Earl of Moray
1455–1457
John Stewart Earl of Mar
1456–1479

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  • Marr Family - Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement

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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