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Walter Stewart, of Lennox, Master of Fife

Nicknames: "Walter Stuart", "Walter Stewart"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Lennox, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Stirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Cause of death: beheading
Immediate Family:

Son of Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany and Isabel Stewart of Lennox
Husband of Janet Erskine
Partner of Celestine Campbell
Father of Murdoch Stewart; Arthur Stewart; Alexander Stewart; Robert Stewart; Andrew Stewart and 2 others
Brother of Robert Stewart, Master of Fife; Sir James Mhor the GREAT Stewart (Albany & Baldorran); Alasdair Stewart; Alexander Stewart and Lady Isabella Stewart

Occupation: Keeper of Dunbarton Castle, Sir Walter Stewart of Lennox, Master of Fife
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About Walter Stewart, of Lennox, Master of Fife

'Walter Stewart, Master of Fife1

  • 'M, #107956, b. between 1394 and 1410, d. 24 May 1425
  • Consanguinity Index=0.02%
  • ' Walter Stewart, Master of Fife was born between 1394 and 1410.{1} He was the son of Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany and Isabel of Lennox, Countess of Lennox.{2} He married, firstly, unknown daughter Campbell, daughter of Sir Duncan Campbell, 1st Lord Campbell and Lady Marjorie Stewart, in a unlawfully, presumably for want of a papal dispensation for consanguinity marriage.{3} He and Lady Eupheme Graham were engaged on 5 September 1415 but the marriage did not take place.{4} He married, secondly, Lady Janet Erskine, daughter of Sir Robert Erskine of that Ilk, 1st Lord Erskine and Lady Elizabeth Lindsay, on 24 April 1421, by Papal dispensation, although it is doubtful that this marriage was ever consummated.{4} He died on 24 May 1425 at Castle Hill, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland, beheaded, along with his father.{2} He was buried at Church of the Black Friars, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland.{2}
  • ' He was invested as a Knight.{2} He held the office of Keeper of Dunbarton Castle.{1} In 1424 he was arrested and imprisoned on Bass Rock.{3}
  • 'Children of Walter Stewart, Master of Fife and unknown daughter Campbell
    • 1.Sir Murdoch Stewart{5} d. c 1472
    • 2.Arthur Stewart{2} b. b 1425, d. c 1488
  • 'Child of Walter Stewart, Master of Fife and Lady Janet Erskine
    • 1.Walter Stewart of Morphie+{2} b. b 1425, d. b 1488
  • 'Children of Walter Stewart, Master of Fife and unknown daughter Campbell
    • 3.Andrew Stewart, 1st Lord of Avandale{2} b. b 1425, d. Jul 1488
    • 4.Alexander Stewart{5} b. b 1425, d. c 1472
Citations
  • {1}.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 78. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • {2}.[S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 217. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  • {3}.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2767. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • {4}.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 79.
  • {5}.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 2768.

From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p10796.htm#i107956

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'Sir Walter Stewart, Master of Fife, Lennox, & Menteith{1,2,3,4}

  • 'M, #37523, b. circa 1396, d. 24 May 1425
  • Father Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke Albany{5} b. c 1362, d. 25 May 1425
  • Mother Isabel Lennox{5} d. bt 1456 - 25 Jun 1460
  • 'Sir Walter Stewart, Master of Fife, Lennox, & Menteith married (Miss) Campbell, daughter of Sir Arthur Campbell, 6th Laird of Strachur, Glenfalloch, & Glendochart, DID NOT MARRY; They had 6 illegitimate sons:
    • Sir Andrew, 1st Lord Avondale, Chancellor of Scotland;
    • Sir Murdoch;
    • Arthur;
    • Robert;
    • Alexander;
    • Walter of Morphie
  • and 2 illegitimate daughters:
    • Maud, wife of Sir William Edmonstone of Duntreath;
    • Marion, wife of Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy.

{6,3,4} Sir Walter Stewart, Master of Fife, Lennox, & Menteith was born circa 1396 at of Lennox, Scotland. He and Euphemia Stewart obtained a marriage license on 5 September 1415; Date of dispensation, but marriage never occurred.{7,3,4} Sir Walter Stewart, Master of Fife, Lennox, & Menteith and Janet Erskine obtained a marriage license on 27 May 1421; Date of dispensation, being related in the 3rd degree of consanguinity. This marriage may not have taken place.{6,3,4} Sir Walter Stewart, Master of Fife, Lennox, & Menteith died on 24 May 1425 at Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland; Beheaded. Buried at Blackfriars church, Stirling.{6,3,4}

  • 'Family 1 (Miss) Campbell
  • Children
    • Andrew Stewart, 1st Lord Avandale d. bt 11 Mar 1488 - 12 Jul 1488
    • Arthur Stewart
  • 'Family 2 Euphemia Stewart b. a 1378, d. Oct 1415
  • 'Family 3 Janet Erskine b. c 1396
  • Children
    • Marion Stewart+8
    • David Stewart9 d. a 5 Feb 1538
    • Walter Stewart, 1st Laird of Morphie+ b. c 1422, d. b 1488
Citations
  • {1.} [S11388] Unknown author, The Scots Peerage, by Sir James Balfour Paul, 1904, Vol. I, p. 150.
  • {2.} [S11649] Clan MacFarlane & Associated Clans Genealogy.
  • {3.} [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 545.
  • {4.} [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 621.
  • {5.} [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 619-620.
  • {6.} [S11563] The Scots Peerage, Vol. I, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 150.
  • {7.} [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 558.
  • {8.} [S11564] The Scots Peerage, Vol. II, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 176.
  • {9.} [S11565] The Scots Peerage, Vol. III, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 529-530.

From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1249.htm#i37523

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James Mor Stewart, called James the Fat (Scottish Gaelic: Seamas Mór) (c1400-1429) was the youngest son of Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany and Isabella of Lennox.

Little is known of James's life before the arrest of his father for treason by King James I on 21 March 1425. Duke Murdoch and two of his sons were swiftly executed after a perfunctory trial, and James soon became a rallying point for enemies of the King, particularly in the Earldom of Lennox and the west. However, later in 1425, threatened by a royal expedition, James fled to Antrim, Ireland, accompanied by the illegitimate sons of his brother Walter of Lennox, to escape the King's vengeance. James would never return to his native Scotland. He remained an exile in Ireland, a threat to the childless and insecure King James, until his death in 1429. His widowed mother and sister were however spared James' wrath and remained in Scotland.

Sir James Mhor Stewart is generally recorded as James "The Gross", or James "The Fat", but this may be an incorrect translation of the Gaelic nickname "Mhor". "Mhor" means "big, large, or great", or possibly "gross" but only in the sense of "large", not "vulgar". Thus the correct translation of James Mhor Stewart could be either "Big" James Stewart, or possibly "The Great" James Stewart. Mhor is sometimes rendered as "great", most notably with the chiefs of Clan Campbell who go by the title of MacCailean Mor, meaning "sons of Colin the Great" ("mor" being a variant spelling of "mhor").

Family of James

In Ireland, James became involved with a woman with the surname MacDonald, believed to be one of the daughters of Iain Mor Tanistair MacDonald, 1st Earl of Antrim.

James did not marry, but he had no less than seven illegitimate sons. His eldest son Andrew became Lord of Avondale in 1459, and Lord High Chancellor of Scotland in the same year. He held the office for 25 years, dying in 1488 without issue.

James's seven sons were (in order)

   * Andrew (see above)
   * Murdoch
   * Arthur
   * Robert
   * Alexander
   * Walter
   * James "Beg" Stewart (1410-1470) was able to secure a royal pardon and return to Scotland. He married Annabel Buchanan, daughter of Patrick, 14th Lord of Buchanan, and was granted the estate "Baldorran" from his cousin John Stewart Damby in 1457.

REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_the_Fat

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Sir Walter Stewart of Lennox, Master of Fife's Timeline

1394
March 1394
Lennox, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
1395
1395
UK
1421
May 27, 1421
Age 27
(marriage license issued)
1422
1422
Age 27
Avondale, Scotland
1425
May 24, 1425
Age 31
Stirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
1425
Age 30
1470
February 9, 1470
Age 31
Avondale, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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