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Adam Stewart

Birthdate: (40)
Death: Died in Probably Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
Place of Burial: Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of James V, King of Scots and Helen Stewart
Husband of Janet Ruthven
Father of Barbara Stewart and Elspeth Stewart
Half brother of James Stewart, tertius; Sir William Stewart; John Stewart, 1st Lord Darnley; James Stewart,1st Earl of Moray; Dorothea Stewart and 9 others

Occupation: Pensioner and sometimes Factor of Charterhouse, Perth
Managed by: Ben M. Angel, still catching up
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Immediate Family

About Adam Stewart

ADAM STEWART

Monk: Sometime Factor of Charterhouse, afterwards Pensioner of Charterhouse

Adam Stewart is the bastard son of James V, King of Scots: "filius illustrisimi principis Jacobi quinti scotorum regis." Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, May 12th 1919: Some further Orkney Armorials, page 186 His mother was Helenor Stewart (aka Elizabeth Stewart), daughter of John, Earl of Lennox. His date of his birth is not known. [Peter D. Andersen, Robert Stewart, Earl of Stewart, Lord of Shetland, 1533-1593 (John Donald, Edinburgh, 1982), p. 157]

Death

Adam Stewart died in Orkney on 20 June 1575 .[Peter D. Andersen, Robert Stewart, Earl of Stewart, Lord of Shetland, 1533-1593 (John Donald, Edinburgh, 1982), p. 157] He was buried in St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, where his daughter Barbara Stewart raised a tombstone. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, May 12th 1919: Some further Orkney Armorials, page 186

Monumental Inscription in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

Adamus . steuardus . filius . illustrisimi . principis . Jacobi . quinti . scotorum . regis . qui . obit . vicesimo ‘ die . junii . anno . domini . m . v . lxxv . [words along the edge follow] domina – de - halcro – filia – ejusdem – fieri – hac – sepulchrum – et – at least two words missing Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, May 12th 1919: Some further Orkney Armorials, page 186

Marriage

Adam Stewart married Janet Ruthven, daughter of William Ruthven of Ballendean. [Peter D. Andersen, Robert Stewart, Earl of Stewart, Lord of Shetland, 1533-1593 (John Donald, Edinburgh, 1982), pp. 71, 80, 104, biographical details, 156-8]

Children

When Adam Stewart died in 1575 his widow is said to have been: "gritlie burdynnit with mony bairnis." [Registrum Secreti sigilli, 1575–80, no. 1003] However, the names of only two daughters have been identified:

  1. Elspeth Stewart

Evidence from the National Records of Scotland

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3 February 1540-41: Instrument containing process of ratification by John Williamson, provost of collegiate church of Seiton, and Adam Stewart, canon of the cathedral church of Orkney, judges delegate appointed by Anthony, cardinal priest of SS Quatuor Coronati, of feu charter, 18 Jan 1539/1540, by Andrew, abbot of Melrose, and the convent thereof, in favour of William Linlithqw, son of deceased David Linlithqw, in liferent, and John Linlithqw, his son and apparent heir, in fee. National Records of Scotland, Leith-Buchanan of Ross and Drummakil, reference GD47/25

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4 July 1556: Tack by Dean Adam Forman, prior of Charterhouse called the Vale of Virtue beside burgh of Perth, with consent of convent thereof, to Colin Campbell of Glenurquhay and Katherine Ruthven, his spouse, and Duncan Campbell, their son and apparent heir, of lands of Artollonyth with miln thereof, fishings on Lochtay, and lands of Ballacrag, in lordship of Glendochard, sheriffdom of Perth, for 6 years. Witnesses: Patrick, lord Ruthven, Mr Alexander Levingstoun of Doanypace, William Moncreif of that ilk, Sir Robert Forman of Luthry, kt., Lyon king of arms, George Johneson, burgess of Perth, Robert Rollok and Henry Eldar, chaplains and notaries. Applied papered common seal of Charterhouse, damaged. Signed by granter and members of convent sir John Burnat, sir Walter Touris, ? treasurer, sir John Syme, procurator, sir Andrew Blythman, sir James Meak, vicar, sir William Clapene, sir Alexander Calland and sir Adam Stewart National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments), reerence GD112/1/100

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21 August 1559: Accounts of Custumars and Bailies of Burghs, rendered at Edinburgh, A. D. 1560. Computum Thome Scot, custumarii de Perth redditum per eundum, [Edinburgh, 26 September 1560, from 21 August 1559. Charge £126, great custom of said burgh by tack to accountant, date 6 September 1558. Discharge. To comptroller, £10. To prior and convent of Charterhouse, by receipt of Adame Stewarte, alleged to be factor thereof, £26.13s.4d. To prior and convent of St. Andrews, 40s. George Powell McNeill, M.A., LL.B. (editor), Rotuli Scaccarii Regum Scotorm. The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, xix, A. D. 1557-1567, page 109

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6 February 1572-73: An additional copy of a harter by George Balfour with an extra signature Adam Stewart and granter's personal seal also attached. The charter follows:

Charter by George Balfour, prior of carthusian house called Vallis virtutis formerly situated near burgh of Perth, and convent thereof, to Colin Campbell of Glenurquhard and Katherine Ruthven, his spouse, in liferent, and to Duncan Campbell, their son and apparent heir, in fee, of 3 merkland of Kirktoun of Killin, 20s land of Badnacarrie, 20s land of Craignevin, 6 merkland of Kinyaldy with island called Ilanrane, 2 merkland of Qucharne, 2 merkland of Artnagald Eister, 1 merkland of Artnagald Wester, 20s land of Soy, 3 merkland of Incheschewin, lands of Artollony with fishing on Lochtay, lands of Ballacraig, with office of bailie, in lordship of Glendochard, sheriffdom of Perth, 6 February 1572/3.Seal of convent, poor impression, on tag.Signed by granter, James Sym and Andrew Blythtman.Witnesses: Mr George Boswall, chirurgian, Alexander Anderson, Andrew Brydy, burgesses of Perth, William Dundas and Mr George Quhyt. National Records of Scotland, Charterhouse of Perth, reference GD112/2/45/1

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10 December 1573: Instrument of sasine following from a charter by James, Bishop of Dunkeld. Witnesses: Patrick Eviot of Balhoussy, Andrew Marsar, bailie, Adam Stewart, pensioner of Chartarhouss, David Murray, Gavin Hammiltoun, Dougal Campbell, servants of said Colin, Alexander Quhite, George Bow, burgesses, and William Ross, sergeant of said burgh. Seal on tag. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments), Titles to Particular Lands, reference GD112/2/130

Source References

  1. Wikipedia: James V, King of Scots
  2. Genealogics: Adam Stewart
  3. Wikipedia: Prior of Perth
  4. Wikipedia: Perth Charterhouse

[1] Magna Carta Ancestry, Douglas Richardson, (Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah), ISBN 1460992709., vol. III, pg. 601.

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Adam Stewart's Timeline

1535
1535
1561
January 18, 1561
Age 26
Perth
1564
1564
Age 29
Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom
1575
June 20, 1575
Age 40
Probably Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
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Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom