John Stewart

Brief Life History of John

When John Stewart was born in April 1531, in Edinburgh, Scotland, his father, James V King of Scotland, was 19 and his mother, Elizabeth Carmichael, was 16. He married Lady Jean Hepburn of bothwell on 4 January 1562, in Crichton, Midlothian, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 1 November 1563, in Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 32, and was buried in Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

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Family Time Line

John Stewart
1531–1563
Lady Jean Hepburn of bothwell
1543–1599
Marriage: 4 January 1562
Francis Hepburn Stewart 5th Earl of Bothwell
1562–1612
Hercules Stewart of Whitelaw
1565–1595
Christian Steward
1565–1627
Majorie Stewart
1568–1607

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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.

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