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Gilles "Egidia" Stewart

Latin: Egidia Stewart
Also Known As: "Agnes", "Jill"
Birthplace: Dundonald, Scotland
Death: after 1296
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Stewart, 5th High Steward of Scotland and Gille (Giles) de Burgh, of Ulster
Wife of Chief Sir Alexander Menzies, Knight, of Menzies
Mother of Sir Robert Menzies of Menzies & Weem; Sir Thomas Menzies, Knight, of Garrioch; Sir Alexander Menzies, of Durrisdeer and Annabella Menzies
Sister of Sir John Stewart; Sir Andrew Stewart; Sir James Stewart, Knight, of Durisdeer and Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland

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About Gilles "Egidia" Stewart

James Stewart (d 1360) married Gilles de Burgh, daughter of Walter de Burgh, 1st Earl of Ulster. He had issue:-

(5) Gilles "Egidia" Stewart, who married Sir Alexander de Menzies, of Durisdeer.

Their children:

  • 1. SIr Robert the Menzies of Durisdeer
  • 2. Sir Thomas of Garrioch
  • 3. Sir Alexander of Menzies
  • 4. Annabella


is the daughter of James Stewart, the fifth hereditary Steward of Scotland. Her mother's name is not certainly known. She married Sir Alexander Menzies [James Stewart],_5th_High_Steward_of_Sco... For an account of Egida and her marriage to Sir Alexander Menzies see the Red and White Book of Menzies [David Prentice Menzies, FSA. Scot., The Red and White Book of Menzies etc. (Glasgow, 1894), pp. 35-61]

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From page 61 of The "Red and white" book of Menzies ... The history of Clan Menzies and its chiefs by Menzies, David Prentice. Published 1894. (chart: Menzies Lineage connected with the Royal Stewarts)

Egidia Stewart, daughter of Sir John Stewart (d 1298, killed at the battle of Falkirk) & Margaret Bonkill. Married Sir Alexander the Menzies, and had 3 sons and 1 daughter. 1) Sir Robert the Menzies 2) Sir Thomas of Garrioch 3) Sir Alexander of Durrisdeer; and Annabella.

From page 60 - 61 of The "Red and white" book of Menzies ... The history of Clan Menzies and its chiefs by Menzies, David Prentice Published 1894

Chief Earl Alexander the Menzies, by his wife, Egidia Stewart (the sister of Walter, the Lord High Steward of Scotland, who married Marjory Bruce, the daughter of King Robert the Bruce), had three sons and one daughter.

(1st) Sir Robert Menzies, his successor as chief, and afterwards Viscount or Earl of Edinburgh.

(2nd) Sir Thomas of Menzies, who held the lands and barony of Garrioch, in Aberdeenshire, during his father's lifetime, and also the lands of "Umyne." He was one of the Scottish Barons who framed the letter to the Pope in 1320, to which he appended his seal.

(3rd) Sir Alexander of Menzies, who got the lands of Durrisdeer after his father's death restored to him by James Stewart, to whom in the first instance (on the death of the chief, Sir Alexander) they went, as recorded by Robertson's Index, No. 82, p. 1 3 — " To James Stewart, brother of Walter Stewart of Scotland, the lands of Dorisdeir, in the valley of the Xeith, which Alexander Meinzies resigned " by his death. Following which these lands were re-transferred to this 3rd son, Sir Alexander of Menzies, who had married Giles Stewart, daughter of this same Sir James Stewart, the brother of Walter the Lord High Steward, for which the young Sir Alexander Menzies got a charter, a copy of which — made in 1739 from the Register of the Great Seal, is No. 4 of the charters at Castle Menzies — records, " Charter by King Robert the Bruce to Alexander de Meyners, knight, and Giles Stewart, his spouse, of all and haill the Barony of Dorisder, with the pertinents : To be holden of his Majesty for service used and wont." No date, but must have been about 1323 to 1329.

From The Red and White Book of Menzies etc.

a.d. 1296-1297.] EARL MENZIES. page 41

On the 8th August 1296, at a Parliament held at Berwick, it has been said that Edward I. made a provision for the wives of the prisoners taken at Dunbar, one of whom was the wife of Sir Alexander the Menzies ; and we find, on the 3rd September 1296, there is a petition by Agnes Menzies, the wife of Sir Alexander the Menzies, whose estates had been seized by the order of King Edward I. The petition is somewhat as follows :

" Agnes, the wife of Alexander the Menzies, who is a captive in prison, taken prisoner at Dunbar, supplicates support from the hereditary estates of the prisoner and herself, Agnes." — Cal. Docs, re Scot., p. 92, vol. ii.

This Agnes, or Egidia, was the daughter of John the Stewart.

To this petition Edward granted a fifty merk land of old extent, to be allotted for the subsistence of the wife and children of Sir Alexander Menzies, regarding which we find the following entry :

" Membte p dorso Berwick, 4. Sept., Ed. I. cons tras hient muliers subscripte videlicet Agnes Wxr. Alex de Meiners de quinquaginta,mercatis thre pleglem extentain," &c. ut Sd." — Exchequer Rolls, Scot., p. 28, vol. ii.

    • Historic Memoirs of the Stewarts of Fothergill, Edinburgh, 1879., Stewart, Charles Poyntz. GT1
    • The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Edinburgh, 1977, Paget, Gerald. page 212.
    • Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's The Peerage of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas, 1904), volume I, page 14.
  • Simpson, David, The Genealogical and Chronological History of the Stuarts, Edinburgh, 1713
  • page 356 of Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, 2011 by Douglas Richardson. "Giles de Burgh, married (as his 3rd wife) James [Stewart] (or James fitz Alexander), Knt., 5th Stewart of Scotland, son and heir of Alexander Stewart, Knt., 4th Stewart of Scotland, of Dundonlad. They had four sons, Andrew, Walter, Knt. [6th Steward of Scotland], John, Knt., and James, Knt., [of Durrisdeer], and one daughter, Giles (wife of Alexander de Meyners or Menzies, Knt.). ...."