John Steward, Earl of Carrick

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Wikipedia: John Stewart, Earl of Carrick

between 1639, when he subscribed the Covenant, and 6 April 1649, when in a charter of Eday in Orkney Sir James Stewart of Tullos is styled brother and heir of the deceased John, Earl of Carrick.' The earldom seems to have become extinct, at least Orawlurd ' says ' so much as I know, the dignity at present is not claimed by any.' He married at Chelsea, 26 October 1604, Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham, widow of Sir Robert Southwell. She was buried at Greenwich, 31 January 1645-46, and her administration dated 3 March 1645-46, 12 August 1651, and 21 February 1653-54," and by her he had a daughter: " Margaret Stewart, married to Sir John Mennes, Knight, and was ancestress of the family of Lord Willoughby de Broke.'*

He is stated to have had a natural daughter, married to William Craigie of Gairsay, who died in 1657, and He had a natural son: " Henry Stewuart, who received a grant of certain lands in Eday from his father in 1639.' Arms. " Font's ms. gives the following: " Quarterly, 1st and 4th, or, a lion rampant within a double tressure flory counterflory gules, all within a bordure compony argent and azure: 2nd and 3rd, argent, a ship, her raes in cross or.

Crest. " A prince sitting on a chair of state clad in ancient habit, holding a sceptre or in the dexter hand, and a goshawk in the sinister, proper.

Supporters. " These are not given by Pont, but are stated by Rietstap (Armorial General) to be the same as those of the Earl of Orkney. These again are given in the Forman (Lyon Office) ms. as: Dexter, a unicorn argent, horned and gorged with an open crown or; sinister, a griffin proper beaked and membered azure and gorged or.

Motto. " Sic fuit est et crit.

[a. f. s.] [7]

' Seg. Mag. Sig. Family of Stewart, 38. "' Wood's Douglas; Lysons

Environs of London (Chelsea). Complete Peerage. * Wood's Douglas, i. 323. " Stodart's Scottish Arms, ii. 203. ' Orkney Sasines.

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.

House in London (1606): Survey of London: volume 13: St Margaret, Whitehall, Westminster, part II: Whitehall I: The Bowling Green and Hance's House

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.

Key dates:

1596 Indicted for consulting with a witch.

1603 Accompanied James VI (his cousin) at his accession to the crown of England

1604 Marriage to Elizabeth

1607 Created Lord Kincleven

1628 Created Earl of Carrick

1632 Granted barony of Eday

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] William Cunynghame of Kilmaurs, Earl of Carrick [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

[7] APA: Paul, James Balfour. (2013). page 440-441, page 442-443 The Scots Peerage (Vol. 2). London: Forgotten Books. (Original work published 1905) MLA: Paul, James Balfour. The Scots Peerage. Vol. 2. 1905. Reprint. London: Forgotten Books, 2013. 442-3. Print.

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John Steward, Earl of Carrick's Timeline

Eday, Orkney, Scotland
Age 24
May 13, 1610
Age 36
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
April 4, 1613
Age 39
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Age 70
Orkney, Orkney, Scotland