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James Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan

James Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan (1442–1499) was a Scottish noble. He was the uncle of James III of Scotland who was granted the Earldom of Buchan. Buchan repaid him by fighting for his cause against rebellious southern barons. Through his marriage to Margaret Ogilvie he acquired the title Lord Auchterhouse.

James Stewart was the second son of Sir James Stewart, the Black Knight of Lorne, and Joan Beaufort, the widow of James I of Scotland.[1] "Hearty James" was a younger brother of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl, and a younger half-brother of James II of Scotland and Princess Margaret Stewart, first wife of Louis XI of France.[citation needed]


In 1467, his nephew James III granted him and his wife the lands of the Baronies of Strathalva and Down, with the Castle of Banff and the fishings of the water of River Deveron. In 1469, James III conferred on James the Earldom of Buchan (first of the third creation).[1] James III conferred the estate of Traquair was on Dr. William Rogers, an eminent musician, and one of his favourites. After holding the lands for upwards of nine years, Dr. Rogers sold them for an insignificant sum, in 1478, to Buchan.[2]


When the southern barons entered into a conspiracy against the King, the Earl of Buchan naturally remained loyal. The King soon crossed the River Forth, and passed into the northeastern counties, where a strong force rallied around him. He then marched southward, and came in sight of the rebellious barons at Blackness in West Lothian, and the Earl of Buchan attacked and drove back the left wing of the insurgent army.[1]


Negotiations were opened, and the Earl of Buchan insisted on severe measures against the insurgent nobles; but George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly and William Hay, 3rd Earl of Erroll were opposed to this, and they retired to the north. It was evident, however, that Buchan’s view was right. A pacification was arranged in May, 1488, in which the barons promised to return to their allegiance and maintain the rights of the Crown and the peace of the kingdom; and thereupon the King disbanded his army and returned to Edinburgh.[1]


However the rebellion continued and on 11 June 1488 at the Battle of Sauchieburn King James III and was defeated and killed. The victorious barons passed the night on the field of battle. On the following morning they proceeded to Linlithgow, issued a proclamation, and immediately seized the Royal treasure and the reins of Government. The Earls of Buchan, Huntly, and Lennox, Lord Forbes and others, who had fought for James III, were summoned to appear before Parliament and answer to a charge of treason.[3]


Parliament met at Edinburgh on 6 October 1488, and proceeded to consider the position of those who had been summoned for treason. The Earl of Buchan appeared and tendered his submission; and he was pardoned and restored to power. None of the others who was cited appeared, and consequently their possessions were placed at the disposal of Parliament.[4]


In 1491 Buchan conferred Traquair, on his natural son, James Stewart (see below).[2] Buchan died in 1499, and was succeeded by his son, Alexander, 2nd Earl of Buchan.[4]

Before 1467 James Stewart married Margaret Ogilvie, the heiress of Sir Alexander Ogilvie of Auchterhouse.[1] They were parents to two children:[citation needed]

  • Alexander Stewart, 2nd Earl of Buchan (d. 1505)
  • Isabel Stewart of Buchan, a mistress of James IV of Scotland, and mother of Lady Janet Stewart, who was in turn a mistress of Henry II of France.

Buchan had several illegitimate children with his mistress Margaret Murray (b. ca. 1446), many of whom were later legitimized by a royal charter issued in 1488–1489.[citation needed]

  • James Stewart,[5] 1st Laird of Traquair (1480–1513),[citation needed] was the founder of the Traquair family. He was gifted the Traquair estate by his father in 1491. He obtained letters of legitimation, and married the heiress of the Rutherfords, with whom he received the estates of Rutherford and Wells in Roxburghshire.[5] He was killed at the Battle of Flodden Field.[5] He was the ancestor of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Traquair.
  • Lady Agnes Stewart, married first Adam Hepburn, 2nd Earl of Bothwell in August 1511, secondly Alexander Home, 3rd Lord Home, thirdly John Maxwell, 4th Lord Maxwell and fourthly Cuthbert Ramsay.[6] They had at least eight children. Adam Hepburn, 2nd Earl of Bothwell was killed at the Battle of Flodden Field on 9 September 1513, she died in February, 1557.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Stewart,_Earl_of_Buchan

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James Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan's Timeline

1442
1442
Lorn, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
1459
March 27, 1459
Age 17
Traquir, Peeblesshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
1461
1461
Age 19
Traquair, Peeblesshire, Scotland, UK
1463
1463
Age 21
Traquair, Peeblesshire, Scotland, UK
1468
1468
Age 26
1470
1470
Age 28
Traquair, Peeblesshire, Scotland
1480
1480
Age 38
Traquair, Peeblesshire, Scotland
1480
Age 38
Innerleithen, UK
1482
1482
Age 40
Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
1486
1486
Age 44