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Johne Steward, 1st Earl Carrick

Also Known As: "3rd Earl of Orkney"
Birthplace: Eday, Orkney, United Kingdom
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney and Janet Kennedy, Countess of Orkney
Husband of nn Steward; Christiane Steward and Lady Elizabeth Howard
Father of Margaret Craigie; Christiane Leitch; William Steward and Lady Margaret Mennes (Steward)
Brother of Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney; Jean Leslie; Grisell Stewart; Mary Gray; Christian Stewart and 7 others
Half brother of Edward Stewart, 1st of Brugh

Occupation: 1st Earl of Carrick
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About Johne Steward, Earl of Carrick

King James VI and I created John Stuart (Steward) "Earl of Carrick", in Orkney, in the Peerage of Scotland.

He had already been made Lord Kincleven in 1607, also in the Peerage of Scotland, and in 1616 obtained charter of the monestary at Crossregal of the lands of Ballondorn and of the lands of Knockronnal, part of the ancient Earldom of Carrick.

Stuart was a younger son of Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney, illegitimate son of King James V of Scotland. He was granted title to the island of Eday in 1632 [3] , and he constructed a substantial mansion house at Calfsound on its northern shores shortly thereafter.[4]

He also had property in Ayrshire and hankered after the prestigious title of Earl of Carrick.

King James allowed him to name his new Eday property "Carrick House" enabling him to have the style, if not the substance of this title.[5]

The title became extinct on his death in 1652, as he had no legitimate male heirs.

Background:Stewart earls

   John Stewart, Earl of Carrick (c. 1368–1390) [became King Robert III of Scotland in 1390]
   David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay (1390–1402)
   reverted to crown
   James Stewart, Duke of Rothesay (1404–1437) [became King James I of Scotland in 1406]

See Duke of Rothesay for further Earls of Carrick. [Wikipedia]

John Stewards house in Edinburgh:

Mr Daniel Wilson in his “Memorials of Edinburgh vol 1 page 94” remarks-“The fine old mansion of this family (Balmerino House) still stands at the corner of Coatfield lane, in the Kirkgate.It has a handsome front to the east, ornamented with some curious specimens of the debased gothic, prevalent in the reign of James VI”. The same author observes “its most striking feature is a curiously decorated doorway, finished in the ornate style of gothic-an ogee arch, filled with rich gothic tracery surmounts the square lintel, finished with s lion’s head which seems to hold the arch suspended in its mouth, on other side is a sculptured shield on which a monogram is cut, characterised by the usual inexplicable ingenuity of these quaint riddles and with the date 1631

He goes on to mention “Tradition may be right in assigning this mansion as the temporary residence of Charles II in 1650. The arms are of the Stewart of Scotland, quarterly, first and fourth (lion Rampant), second and third, azure a galley (or lymphad) her sails furled. 

The house itself was built by John Stewart, Earl of Carrick second son of Robert of Orkney natural son of James V in 1631. The earl of Carrick sold the house and grounds on the 13th September 1643 to John, Lord Balmerino. The house remained in the Balmerino until the attainder on the last lord Balmerino and the property was sold in 1755 to the Earl of Moray who in turn sold it to Lady Baird of Newbyth for 700 pounds. Lady Baird was succeeded by her brother General James St Clair of St Clair and then he sold it to Colonel Robert Elphinstone of Logie

[1] WikipediaBartholemew 1983. ISBN 0-7028-1709-0 [2] [3] "Eday, Carrick House". Canmore. Retrieved 3 Mar 2012. [4] Stewart, Walter (mid-1640s) "New Choreographic Description of the Orkneys" in Irvine (2006) p. 24 [5] Thomson (2008) p. 302 [6] The Peerage – John Stewart, 1st and last Earl of Carrick

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Johne Steward, Earl of Carrick's Timeline

Eday, Orkney, United Kingdom
Age 24
October 26, 1604
Age 30
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
October 26, 1604
Age 30
Chelsea, Middlesex, England
May 13, 1610
Age 36
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Age 36
April 4, 1613
Age 39
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Age 70