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Elizabeth Stewart

Also Known As: "Elizabeth Stewart"
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Traquair, Peeblesshire, Scotland
Death: December 9, 1529 (64)
Foulis, Perthshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Stewart of Balveny, 1st Earl of Atholl and Margaret Douglas, Fair Maid of Galloway
Wife of Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray
Mother of Elizabeth May Gray; Frances Gordon (Grey); Isobel Gray; Janet Gray; Catherine Gray and 8 others
Sister of Isabella Stewart; Jean Stewart, Countess of Huntly; Catherine Stewart and Anne Stewart
Half sister of Marjory Stewart; Margaret Stewart; Elspeth Stewart; John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl; Christian Stewart and 7 others

Occupation: different husband - http://www.thepeerage.com/p10213.htm#i102121
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About Elisabeth Stewart, Countess of Argyll

  • Elizabeth Stewart1
  • F, #2915, b. after 1460
  • Father Sir John Stewart, 1st Earl Atholl, Ambassador to England b. c 1440, d. 15 Sep 1512
  • Mother Margaret 'Fair Maid of Galloway' Douglas2,3 d. bt 22 Jan 1473 - 19 Apr 1475
  • Elizabeth Stewart was born after 1460. She married Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray, Sheriff of Forfar, Justice of Scotland, son of Patrick Gray, Master of Gray and Annabella Forbes, before 1483.
  • Family Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray, Sheriff of Forfar, Justice of Scotland d. Feb 1514
  • Children
    • Isobel 'the Younger' Gray+
    • Margaret Gray+
    • Janet Gray4 d. Oct 1539
    • Andrew Gray+5 d. b 13 Apr 1541
    • Edward Gray5 d. a 5 Oct 1521
    • Marjory Gray5
    • Elizabeth Gray4
    • Gilbert Gray+ d. 1541
  • Citations
  • [S182] Unknown author, Scots Peerage; Lineage and Ancestry of Prince Charles by G. Paget, chart LII.
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VI, p. 99.
  • [S11563] The Scots Peerage, Vol. I, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 442.
  • [S11566] The Scots Peerage, Vol. IV, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 278.
  • [S11566] The Scots Peerage, Vol. IV, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 277.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p97.htm#i2915


  • Lady Elizabeth Stewart1
  • F, #28224
  • Last Edited=6 Oct 2012
  • Consanguinity Index=0.09%
  • Lady Elizabeth Stewart was the daughter of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl and Lady Eleanor Sinclair.1 She married Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray, son of Patrick Gray, Master of Gray and Annabella Forbes, before 1483.1
  • From before 1483, her married name became Gray.1
  • Child of Lady Elizabeth Stewart and Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray
    • Gilbert Gray+ d. b 1541
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 1642. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • From: http://thepeerage.com/p2823.htm#i28224


This person and their pedigree are currently documented from "The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families together with Their Paternal Ancestry" Compiled by Joseph Foster, 1885

[Source: http://www.archive.org/details/royallineageofou02fost ]


According to tradition , she was captured in childhood by Sir John Campbell and a party of the Campbells, while out with her nurse near Calder castle. Her uncles pursued and overtook the division of the Campbells to whose care she had been intrusted, and would have rescued her but for the presence of mind of Campbell of Inverliver, who, seeing their approach, inverted a large camp kettle as if to conceal her, and commanding his seven sons to defend it to the death, hurried on with his prize. The young men were all slain, and when the Calders lifted up the kettle, no Muriel was there. Meanwhile so much time had been gained that further pursuit was useless. The nurse, just before the child was seized, bit off a joint of her li ttle finger, in order to mark her identity - a precaution which seems to have b een necessary, from Campbell of Auchinbreck's reply to one who, in the midst of their congratulations on arriving safely in Argyll with their charge, asked wh at was to be done should the child die before she was marriageable. "She can ne ver die", said he, "as long as a red-haired lassie can be found on either side of Lochawe!". It would appear that the heiress of the Calders had red hair.


This name was taken from p. 113 of the book: A Royal Lineage...

But according to http://www.royalist.info/execute/biog?person=693 the parent do not appear to have issued a daughter by the name of Elizabeth. -SDC


Scotland's historic heraldry, By Bruce A. McAndrew (p281)

Says Sir John Stewart's issue came from Eleanor Sinclair


  • 'Stewart19'
  • Sir John Stewart of Balveny, 1st Earl of Atholl (b c1440, d 19.09.1512)
  • The attribution of his children between his wives is not certain. TSP(Atholl) does not even try to say which child was by which wife but BE1883 does give a lead. However, with TSP naming more daughters than BE1883, with some names being duplicated, some doubt remains on this matter which may be researched further in due course.
  • m1. (1460) Margaret Douglas (b 1430, d before 1475, dau of Archibald, 5th Earl of Douglas)
    • 1. Janet Stewart (d 27.10.1510)
    • m. Alexander Gordon, 3rd Earl of Huntly (d 16.01.1524)
    • 2. Elizabeth Stewart
    • m. Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray (d 1514)
  • m2. (before 1475) Eleanor Sinclair (dau of William Sinclair, 3rd Earl of Orkney, Earl of Caithness)
    • 3. John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl (d by 1522)
    • m. Janet Campbell (d c02.02.1545-6, dau of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll)
      • A. .... etc.
    • 4. Andrew Stewart (d 1542, Bishop of Caithness)
    • 5. Jean Stewart
    • m. John Gordon of Pitlurg (d 1546)
    • 6. Catherine Stewart
    • m. John Forbes, 6th Lord (d 1547)
    • 7. Elspeth Stewart
    • m. (c1510) Robert Innes, 2nd of Innermarkie (d c10.1551)
    • 8. Marjory Stewart
    • m. Sir Colin Campbell, 3rd of Glenorchy (d 12.08.1523)
    • 9. Margaret Stewart
    • m. Sir William Murray of Castleton (dvp Flodden 09.09.1513)
    • 10. Isabel (or Elizabeth) Stewart
    • m. (before 24.04.1504) Alexander Robertson of Strowan (d c1506)
    • 11. Elizabeth (or Anne) Stewart
    • m1. (mcrt 19.11.1511) John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Lennox (d 04.09.1526)
    • m2. (mcrt 09.12.1529) Ninian Ross, 3rd Lord of Halkhead (d 02.1555-6)
    • 12. Margaret Stewart
    • m. Robert Robertson, younger of Strowan (dvp)
    • 13. Christian Stewart (d 30.05.1538)
    • m. Neil Stewart of Garth
  • .... etc.
  • Main source(s):
  • (1) Stewart of Atholl - BE1883 (Stewart of Atholl), TSP (Stewart of Atholl)
  • (2) Stewart of Traquhair - TSP (Stewart of Traquhair)
  • From: Stirnet.com
  • http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/ss4tz/stewart19.php#top


  • 'Gray1'
  • Sir Andrew Gray, 1st of Broxmouth (a 1314)
    • 1. Sir John Gray, 2nd of Broxmouth (d c1403)
      • A. John Gray (a 1353, dvpsp)
      • B. Sir Patrick Gray, 3rd of Broxmouth (a 1373)
      • m. Margaret
        • i. Sir Andrew Gray, 4th of Broxmouth (d 1441)
        • m1. Janet Mortimer (dau of Sir Roger Mortimer of Foulis)
          • a. Andrew Gray, 1st Lord Gray (b c1390, d c1469)
          • m1. (mcrt 31.08.1418) Elizabeth Wemyss (dau of Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss)
            • (1) Patrick, Master of Gray (dvp by 01.09.1464)
            • m1. (by 1440) Margaret Fleming (dsp, dau of Sir Malcolm Fleming of Biggar and Cumbernauld)
            • m2. (by 1445) Annabel Forbes (dau of Alexander Forbes, 1st Lord)
              • (A) Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray (d 1514)
              • m1. Janet Keith (dau of Sir Robert Keith, Lord Keith)
                • (i) Patrick Gray, 3rd Lord Gray (dspl 04.1541)
                • m. (c1492, div after 03.1501) Janet Gordon (dau of George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly)
                • partner unknown
                  • (a) Janet Gray
                  • m1. William Ogilvy of Inchmartine (d before 05.1566)
                  • m2. (by 1566) James Sandilands of Cruvie and St. Monance (d 02.11.1585)
                • (ii) Isobel Gray
                • m. Alexander Stratoun of Lauristoun
                • (iii) Elizabeth Gray
                • m1. (1487) John Lyon, 4th Lord Glamis (d 1500)
                • m2. (1511, sp) Alexander Gordon, 3rd Earl of Huntly (d 16.01.1523-4)
                • m3. (05.06.1525, sp) George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes (d 28.11.1558)
              • m2. Elizabeth Stewart (dau of John Stewart of Balveny, 1st Earl of Atholl)
                • (iv) Robert Gray of Leithfie (d Flodden 09.09.1513)
                • (v) Gilbert Gray of Buttergask (d by 1541)
                • m. Egidia Mercer (dau of Sir Laurence Mercer of Aldie)
                  • (a) Patrick Gray, 4th Lord Gray (d 1584)
                  • m. (mcrt 21.09.1537) Marion Ogilvy (dau of James Ogilvy, 4th Lord of Airlie)
                    • ((1)) Patrick Gray, 5th Lord (b 1538, d 1609)
                    • m. (mcrt 14.01.1556-7) Barbara Ruthven (dau of William, 2nd Lord Ruthven)
                      • ((A)) Patrick Gray, 6th Lord (d 04.09.1611)
                      • m1. (mcrt 1575, div 1585) Elizabeth Lyon (dau of John, 8th Lord Glamis)
                      • m2. (mcrt 25.11.1585) Mary Stewart (dau of Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney)
                        • ((i)) Andrew Gray, 7th Lord (d 1663)
                        • m1. (1603) Margaret Ogilvy (dau of Walter, 1st Lord of Deskford)
                          • ((a)) Patrick, Master of Gray (dvpsp 1635)
                          • ((b)) Anne, Mistress of Gray
                          • m. William, Master of Gray (bpt 21.07.1621, d 08.1660)
                          • Their eldest son became 8th Lord.
                        • m2. (1627) Mary (d before 1632, widow of Sir John Sydenham)
                        • m3. (before 1639) Katherine Caddell
                          • ((c)) Frances Gray (bur 22.04.1670)
                          • m. James Mackenzie (captain)
                        • ((ii)) Patrick Gray (b c1606)
                        • ((iii)) Jean/Janet Gray (d 17.08.1639)
                        • m. (mcrt 09.1609) Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss, 1st Earl of Wemyss (b c1586, d 22.11.1649)
                        • ((iv)) Agnes Gray
                        • m. (c1611) William Graham, 7th Earl of Menteith, Earl of Strathern, 1st Earl of Airth and Menteith (b 1589, d 1661)
                        • ((v)) Mary Gray
                        • m. James Leslie, 3rd Lord Lindores (d before 20.07.1667)
                        • ((vi)) Elizabeth Gray
                        • m. (mcrt 09.1603) Sir John Leslie of Newton (d 01.09.1651)
                        • ((vii)) Helen Gray
                        • m. (mcrt 11.09.1622) Sir Andrew Bruce, 5th of Earlshall
                        • ((viii)) Isobel Gray
                        • m. Sir Robert Carnegie of Dunnigen (dsp 12.1632)
                      • ((B)) Gilbert Gray of Milnhill
                      • m. Elizabeth Gib
                      • ((C)) James Gray
                      • ((D)) William Gray of Bandirran, later of Inchture
                      • m. Elizabeth Gray
                      • ((E)) Andrew Gray of Bullion (d by 18.08.1604)
                      • m. Margaret Reid
                      • ((F)) Robert Gray of Millhill and Cranneslie
                      • m. Jean Lauder (dau of Robert Lauder of Bass)
                      • ((G)) Barbara Gray
                      • m. Sir John Cranstoun of Morristoun
                      • ((H)) Marjorie Gray
                      • m. Patrick Ogilvy of Inchmartine (d by24.05.1623)
                    • ((2)) Andrew Gray (d by 16.02.1611)
                    • ((3)) Gilbert Gray of Bandirran or Banderan (d 12.08.1592)
                    • m1. Marion Carnegie (d 28.05.1585, dau of John Carnegie of that ilk)
                      • ((A)) Agnes Gray
                    • m2. (mcrt 18.04.1587) Elizabeth Hay (d 01.04.1600, dau of Peter Hay of Megginch)
                      • ((B)) Euphemia Gray
                      • m. Sir Patrick Kinnaird of Inchture (d c1658)
                      • ((C))+ other issue - Patrick (d young), Gilbert, Marie (d by 15.01.1612)
                    • ((4)) James Gray (d 1585-6)
                    • m. Elizabeth Beaton (b c1529, dau of Sir John Beaton, 2nd of Creich)
                    • p. Isobel Bethune
                    • ((5)) Robert Gray (a 1593)
                    • ((6)) Sir Patrick Gray of Invergowrie (d 31.08.1606)
                    • m1. Euphemia Murray (d 24.08.1596, dau of William Murray of Tullibardine)
                    • m2. Agnes Napier (dau of Sir Archibald Napier, 6th of Merchiston, of Edinbellie)
                    • Unsure who was the mother of whom.
                      • ((A)) Patrick Gray of Invergowrie, later of Kinnell
                      • ((B))+ other issue - Andrew, Agnes, Euphan, Elizabeth, Marion
                    • ((7)) Marion Gray
                    • m1. (06.1562) Patrick, Master of Ruthven (dvpsp before 1565)
                    • m2. Patrick Ogilvy of Inchmartine
                    • ((8)) Mary Gray
                    • m. David Seton of Parbroath, Chancellor of Scotland (d 1601 / by 1600)
                    • ((9)) Agnes Gray
                    • m1. (1553) Robert Logan of Restalrig (b c1533, d c26.08.1561)
                    • m2. (after 1565) Alexander Home, 5th Lord (d 08.1575)
                    • m3. (after 1575) Sir Thomas Lyon of Auldbar, etc (d 18.02.1608)
                    • ((10)) Elizabeth Gray
                    • m. (mcrt 16.04.1568) Robert Bruce of Cultmalindie
                    • ((11)) Helen Gray
                    • m. Sir David Maxwell of Tealing
                    • ((12)) Margaret Gray
                    • m. (mcrt 01.04.1562) James Ogilvy of Balfour (d 03.02.1583/4)
                    • ((13)) Isobel Gray (d 20.10.1589)
                    • m1. (mcrt 04.09.1563) David Strachan of Carmylie
                    • m2. Alexander Falconer of Halkerton (d 12.1595)
                    • ((14)) Agnes (Anne) Gray
                    • m. (mcrt 16.01.1581-2) Patrick Douglas of Kilspindie
                    • ((15)) Lilias Gray (d 03.1614)
                    • m1. (mcrt 23.08.1582) David Tyrie of Drumkilbo
                    • m2. (mcrt 20.10.1592) John Oliphant of Newtyle, Master of Oliphant (d 1603)
                  • (b) Robert Gray of Drummalie
                  • m. Marjorie Strachan (dau of Thomas Strachan of Carmylie)
                    • ((1)) Robert Gray of Drummalie (d 02.1626)
                    • ((2)) Margaret Gray
                  • (c) James Gray of Buttergask (d by 1595)
                  • m. Margaret Scott
                    • ((1)) Thomas Gray
                    • m. Margaret Kinnaird
                    • ((2)) Robert Gray
                  • (d) Geilis Gray (d 10.1597)
                  • m1. Alexander Whitelaw of Newgrange
                  • m2. Alexander Gardin
                • (vi) Andrew Gray of Muirtown (d by 13.04.1541)
                • m. heiress of Scheves
                • (vii) Isobel Gray (a 1551)
                • m1. (c 1495) Sir James Scrimgeour of Dudhope, Constable of Dundee (d 1504)
                • m2. (by 1510) Adam Crichton of Ruthven (d Flodden 09.09.1513)
                • m3. (by 1521) Sir John Campbell of Lundy
                • (viii) Janet Gray (d 10.1539)
                • m1. John Charteris of Cathelgurdie (Cuthelgurdie)
                • m2. Sir William Keith, younger of Inverugie (dvp)
                • m3. Sir David Wemyss of that ilk (d Flodden 09.09.1513)
                • m4. (c1530) James Campbell of Lawers (d 12.02.1561-2)
                • (ix) Marjory Gray
                • m1. Andrew Kinnimonth of that ilk and Craighall
                • m2. Silvester Rattray of Craighall (d 01.1554)
                • (x)+ other issue - Edward (a 1521), Elizabeth
              • m3. Margaret Houston (widow of Robert Lyle, 2nd Lord)
              • partner unknown
                • (xii) William Gray
                • m. Marion Fullarton
              • (B) .... etc.
  • Main source(s): TSP (Gray), BP1934 (Gray)
  • From: Stirnet.com
  • http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/gg/gray1.php


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Elisabeth Stewart, Countess of Argyll's Timeline

Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Traquair, Peeblesshire, Scotland
Age 7
Lawers, Perthshire, Scotland
Age 8
Foulis, Perth, Scotland
Age 17
Broxmouth, Roxburghshire, Scotland
March 6, 1483
Age 18
Ruthven Castle, Perthshire, Scotland
Age 19
Leitfie, Perthshire, Scotland