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Lady Isobel Stewart

Also Known As: "isabella", "Isabel Stuart", "Isabel Stewart of Albany"
Birthdate: (47)
Birthplace: Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: October 26, 1410 (43-51)
Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany and Margaret Graham
Wife of Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross and Sir Walter Halyburton, of Dirleton, 1st Lord Halyburton
Mother of Euphemia Leslie, Countess of Ross; Sir Walter Halyburton, Lord Halyburton of Dirleton and Christina Halyburton
Sister of Lady Beatrix Stewart; Murdoch Stewart, Duke Of Albany; Lady Janet Stewart; Lady Margaret Stewart; Joan Stewart and 1 other
Half sister of Sir Andrew Stewart; Elizabeth Stewart; Robert Stewart, Earl of Ross; John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Buchan; Marjorie Stewart and 1 other

Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Lady Isobel Stewart

  • Isobel Stewart1,2,3
  • F, #6486
  • Father Sir Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, Earl Menteith, Fife, Buchan, Atholl4,5 b. 1339, d. 2 Sep 1420
  • Mother Margaret Graham4,5 b. b 1334, d. b 4 May 1380
  • Isobel Stewart married Alexander Leslie, 7th Earl of Ross, son of Sir Walter Leslie, Earl of Ross and Euphemia Ross, before 1398; They had 1 daughter (Euphame).6,2,3 Isobel Stewart married Sir Walter Haliburton, son of Sir John Haliburton and Margaret Cameron, before February 1408.2,3 Isobel Stewart and Sir Walter Haliburton obtained a marriage license on 21 December 1415; Date of dispensation, they being related in the 4th degree of affinity. They had issue.2,3
  • Family 1 Sir Walter Haliburton d. b 10 May 1447
  • Child
    • Christian Halyburton+
  • Family 2 Alexander Leslie, 7th Earl of Ross d. 8 May 1402
  • Child
    • Euphame Leslie7 b. c 1398
  • Citations
  • [S260] Unknown author, The Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles, by Gerald Paget, Vol. 1, p. 159.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 546.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 622.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 541.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 617-618.
  • [S11563] The Scots Peerage, Vol. I, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 149.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 554.
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  • Lady Isabella Stewart1
  • F, #107982
  • Last Edited=14 Oct 2012
  • Consanguinity Index=0.15%
  • Lady Isabella Stewart is the daughter of Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany and Margaret Graham, Countess of Menteith.1 She married, firstly, Alexander Leslie, 7th Earl of Ross, son of Walter Leslie, Earl of Ross and Eupheme de Ross, Countess of Ross, before 1398.1 She married, secondly, Walter Haliburton, son of Sir John Halyburton and Margaret Cameron, between 1402 and 1408.1
  • Children of Lady Isabella Stewart and Walter Haliburton
    • Sir Walter Haliburton+1 d. b 1447
    • Christian Haliburton+1
  • Child of Lady Isabella Stewart and Alexander Leslie, 7th Earl of Ross
    • Eupheme Leslie, 8th Countess of Ross1 d. a 1424
  • Citations
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 219. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
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  • Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany (c. 1340 – 3 September 1420), a member of the Scottish royal house, served as regent (at least partially) to three different Scottish monarchs (Robert II, Robert III, and James I). He also held the titles of Earl of Menteith (28 February 1361), Earl of Fife (1361; .... etc.
  • Robert Stewart was the second son of the future King Robert II of Scotland (1316–1390) and of Elizabeth Mure of Rowallan. His parents' marriage was deemed as uncanonical at first, which, in some circle, gave their children and descendants the label of illegitimacy, but the granting of a papal dispensation in 1349 saw their remarriage and their children's legitimisation. Robert's grandfather was Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland (1293–1326) and his father was the first monarch of the House of Stewart. His great-grandfather was Robert the Bruce (1274–1329), legendary victor of the Battle of Bannockburn.
  • .... etc.
  • Albany married twice. Firstly, in 1361, he married Margaret Graham, Countess of Menteith, (1334–1380) a wealthy divorcee who took him as her fourth husband. His sister-in-law's claim to the Earldoms of Menteith and Fife allowed him to assume those titles after marriage. The couple had eight children, seven daughters and a son:
    • Lady Janet Stewart (married Sir David de Moubray)
    • Lady Mary Stewart (married Sir William Abernathy, 6th of Saltoun)
    • Lady Margaret Stewart (married to Sir John Swinton, 14th of that Ilk)
    • Lady Joan Stewart (married Sir Robert Stewart, 1st Lord of Lorn and had descendants)
    • Lady Beatrice Stewart (married Sir James Douglas of Balveny)
    • Lady Isobel Stewart (married to Alexander Leslie, 7th Earl of Ross and later to Walter de Haliburton, 1st Lord Haliburton of Dirleton and had descendants)
    • Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany (1362–1425) (Married Joan Douglas and later to Isabel, Countess of Lennox).
    • Lady Margery (married Sir Duncan Campbell, 1st Lord Campbell and had descendants)
  • Margaret died in 1380 and Albany subsequently married Muriella Keith, with whom he had three children:
    • John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Buchan (1381–1424); he fought in France against the English during the Hundred Years War, serving with distinction, but was killed at the Battle of Verneuil on 17 August 1424.
    • Robert Stewart, Earl of Ross, died without issue
    • Lady Elizabeth Stewart (married to Malcolm Fleming, ancestor of Malcolm Fleming, 3rd Lord Fleming)
  • .... etc.
  • From:,_Duke_of_Albany


  • Margaret Graham, Countess of Menteith (1334–1380) was a Scottish noblewoman. She married four times, becoming Countess of Menteith and, in 1361, Duchess of Albany. Her fourth and last husband was Sir Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, who became Regent of Scotland from 1406 until his death in 1420. Her son Murdoch Stewart became the second Duke of Albany, but was executed for treason by King James I of Scotland in 1425.
  • Margaret Graham was the only daughter of Sir John Graham (1301-1368) and Mary Menteith, Countess of Menteith. She was born in Perthshire, Scotland. .... etc.
  • She was married four times. First, to Sir John Moray, Lord of Bothwell (son of Sir Andrew Moray and Lady Christina Bruce). No issue. Then she was married to Thomas, 9th Earl of Mar but they were divorced circa 1359. No issue. Thirdly, she was married to Sir Malcolm Drummond and they had a son, Sir John Drummond.[2]
  • Her last marriage in 1361 was to Sir Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany (son of Robert II Stewart, King of Scotland and Elizabeth Mure of Rowallan). Sir Robert Stewart was a member of the Scottish Royal House and later served as regent to three different Scottish monarchs.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Albany had eight children:
    • Lady Janet Stewart
    • Lady Mary Stewart (married to Sir William Abernathy, 6th of Saltoun)
    • Lady Margaret Stewart (married to Sir John Swinton, 14th of that Ilk)
    • Lady Joan Stewart (Sir Robert Stewart, 1st Lord of Lorn and had descendants)
    • Lady Beatrice Stewart (married to James Douglas, 7th Earl of Douglas)
    • Lady Isobel Stewart (married first, Alexander Leslie, 7th Earl of Ross and secondly to Walter Haliburton, 1st Lord Dirleton and had descendants.
    • Lady Marjorie Stewart (married Duncan Campbell, 1st Lord Campbell| and had descendants)
    • Murdoch Stewart (1362–1425), 2nd Duke of Albany (married to Joan Douglas and later to Isabel, Countess of Lennox).
  • Margaret Graham died on May 4, 1380 in Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland and was buried in Inchmahone Priory, Perthshire in Scotland.
  • From:,_Countess_of_Menteith


  • Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross (d.1402) was a Scottish nobleman. Born between 1367 and 1382, he was the son of Walter Leslie, Lord of Ross and Euphemia I, Countess of Ross. In around 1394 he became Earl of Ross and sometime before 1398 he married Isabel Stewart, daughter of Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany. They had one child, Euphemia. He died at Dingwall, Scotland on May 8, 1402.
  • Alexander Leslie was the son of Euphemia I, Countess of Ross and her husband, the far-travelled Walter Leslie, Lord of Ross. His exact date of birth is not known. He was born somewhere between 1367, the year following his parents' marriage, and 1382, the year of his father's death. When his father died in 1382 he would have been no more than an adolescent or teenager.
  • Later in 1382 his mother, now a wealthy widow, re-married, to Alexander Stewart (the "Wolf of Badenoch"), son of King Robert II of Scotland. The marriage significantly undermined the prospect of the young Alexander's inheritance. The marriage of 1382, supported by King Robert, saw the transfer of control of the mormaerdom or earldom of Ross and the associated barony of Kingedward to the east (the northern half of the defunct earldom of Buchan) from Euphemia's hand's into the hands of Alexander Stewart. Two days after the transfer, Alexander was made Earl of Buchan by the King.
  • Alexander received control of the earldom of Ross in liferent (i.e. for his lifetime), and any heirs to the marriage were entitled to inherit the lordships of Skye, Lewis and the thanages of Dingwall, Deskford and Glendowachy and other lands in other parts of Scotland which had been part of Euphemia's property.[1]
  • .... etc.
  • He had married Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany's daughter Isobel [7][8] sometime before 1398. They had only one child, Euphemia, who took the veil. She bequeathed her enormous estates not to her father's sister, but to her mother's half-brother, Albany's second son John (from his second wife), whom his father made Earl of Buchan in 1408.[9]
  • According to the Cronicle of the Earlis of Ross (c. 9), Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross, died at Dingwall on May 8, 1402. His widow remarried Sir Walter de Haliburton, Knt.[10]
  • From:,_Earl_of_Ross


  • Sir Walter de Haliburton, 1st Lord Haliburton of Dirleton was Lord High Treasurer of Scotland.
  • The eldest son of Sir John Haliburton of Dirleton, East Lothian (d. 1392), by his spouse Margaret, daughter of Sir John Cameron, Sir Walter was one of the hostages for King James I on 28 March 1424 and was exchanged and permitted to return to Scotland on 16 July 1425. He is named as one of the Scottish Commissioners to meet the English at Hawdenstank with 800 men to redress complaints, in a Safe-Conduct dated 24 January 1430 (1429/30).[1]
  • In 1439 and 1440 he was appointed Lord High Treasurer of Scotland, and in the latter year was created a Lord of Parliament. He remained Lord High Treasurer until 1449, a post which he could not hold unless he was also a Privy Councillor.
  • He married Isobel, daughter of the Regent, Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, widow of Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross (d. 1402), and they had four sons and one daughter:
    • John Haliburton, 2nd Lord Haliburton of Dirleton
    • Walter Haliburton, who married Catherine who is daughter & co-heiress of Alexander de Chisholm.
    • Robert Haliburton
    • William Haliburton
    • Jean Haliburton, married to Henry I Sinclair, Earl of Orkney
  • From:,_1st_Lord_Haliburton_of_Dirleton


  • The Scots peerage; founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's peerage of Scotland; containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom by Paul, James Balfour, Sir
  • Pg.239
  • VI. EUPHEMIA, Countess of Ross, succeeded on the death of her father. Previous to this, however, she had, as indicated, married Sir Walter Leslie, a younger (probably third) son of Sir Andrew Leslie of that Ilk. .... etc.
  • Pg.240
  • .... King of Cyprus attacked the city of Alexandria on 9 October 1365, and despoiled the Saracens.(4) He married in the following year, when, on 13 September 1366, he had a charter to himself and Eufamia de Ross, his spouse, of the new forest in the shire of Dumfries.(5) They had a Papal dispensation on 24 November 1366, but were evidently married before that date.(6) After this he appears to have remained in Scotland for a time, .... etc.
  • Pg.241
  • The Countess married, secondly, Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, known as the 'Wolf of Badenoch,' the marriage taking place about 24 or 25 July 1382.(1) But this union was not a happy one. The Earl deserted his wife, and was ordered by an Ecclesiastical Court on 2 November 1389 to adhere to her.(2) On 9 June 1392 Pope Clement VII. issued a commission to dissolve her marriage with the Earl, and again on 5 and 15 December to grant a divorce a mensa et thoro.(3) The Countess is said to have become a nun, but the evidence is doubtful,(4) and she appears to have died in 1394, a date often assigned as the date of her second husband's death, but he survived till after March 1404-5. (See title Buchan.) The Countess was still alive on 5 September 1394, and it is possible that 20 February 1394-95, usually assigned as the date of her husband's death, was that of her own decease.
  • By her first husband the Countess of Ross had issue : —
    • 1. ALEXANDER, who became Earl of Ross.
    • 2. MARGARET or MARY, married to Donald, Lord of the Isles.
  • VII. ALEXANDER LESLEY, Earl of Ross, succeeded his mother about 1394, though he is, on 5 September of that year, described as heir-apparent of the earldom.(5) He was certainly Earl of Ross before 5 February 1398-99, when he resigned the barony of Fythkill (now Leslie) .... etc.
  • Pg.242
  • .... he died at Dingwall on 8 May 1402.(1) Married before 1398 Isabel, elder daughter of Robert Stewart, Earl of Fife and Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland, third son of Robert II. She married, secondly, before February 1407-8, Walter of Haliburton.(2) The Earl had issue :—
  • VIII. EUPHEMIA, de jure Countess of Ross— not, how-ever, so styled in the only charters containing her name, but only as daughter and heiress of Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross — seems to have had a somewhat unfortunate career. .... it was proposed that she should marry Thomas Dunbar, afterwards third Earl of Mory, heir-apparent of Thomas, second Earl of Moray. The parties applied to the Pope (Benedict XIII.) for a dispensation on the ground that they were related in
  • Pg.243
  • the third and fourth degrees of consanuinity, and that, by the advice of their kin and friends, they desired to marry. (1) .... Euphema resigned the lands to of Kingedward in Buchan, which were granted only to John, Earl of Buchan, and his heirs. She is not styled Countess in this write either. (3) After this, John Stewart, Earl of Buchan, bore the double title of Earl of Buchan and Ross until his death at the battle of Verneuil, 17 August 1424, but of Euphemia Leslie we hear no more, and it is possible she, as is said, entered a cloister.
  • .... etc.


  • Historical Records of the Family of Leslie from 1067 to 1868-9 ..., Volume I.
    • ALEXANDER LESLIE, Eighth Earl of Ross.
  • ALEXANDER LESLIE, son of Walter Leslie, Earl of Ross, and Eufamia, seventh Countess of Ross, succeeded as eighth Earl of Ross, on the death of his mother, about 1394.
  • In an agreement made at Calder, 5th September 1394, between Thomas Dunbar, Earl of Murray, and Alexander de Insulis, Dominus de Lochaber, third son of John of the Isles, concerning the possession and superiority of certain lands and privileges, they bound themselves to support each other against every one, except the King, the Earl of Fyff, Malcolm de Dromonde, Earl of Mar, and Alexander de Leslie, heir-apparent to the earldom of Ross. Alexander de Leslie, Earl of Ross, granted a procuratory of resignation, consti
  • tuting David, Earl of Crawford, William de Dalziell and John de Ramorgney, knights, his procurators for resigning into the hands of the king, Robert III., all and hail the barony of Fythkill, with its pertinents, in the shire of Fife; dated at Perth, 4th February 1398, and has the Earl's seal appended still entire. The king thereon granted the barony of Fythkill to Sir George de Leslie, knight, of Rothes, and Elizabeth, his spouse, by a charter, 5th February 1398.* Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross, granted a charter to his beloved cousin George Leslie, knight, Dominus de Rothes, of the lands of Woodfield, Pitnamoon, and others, 8th November 1398, which grant was confirmed by Robert III., by a charter dated at Scone, 4th March 1400, whereby the king confirmed to George Leslie, Dominus de Rothes, the lands of Woodfield, Pitnamoon, the mill of Kincardine, Fettercairn, Eilly, and Bomain, granted to him by Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross in consideration of his having advanced to the said earl, in his great necessity, the sum of 200 merks to relieve his lands and earldom of Ross out of the hands of the king, the superior thereof, and for his good council and service.
  • Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross, married Lady Isabel Stewart, daughter of Robert, Duke of
  • Albany, Regent of Scotland, and by her had an only child —
    • I. Euphemia, who succeeded him as ninth Countess of Ross.
  • Alexander Leslie, Earl of Ross, died before 1411, and was succeeded by his only child, Euphemia, ninth Countess of Ross. His widow, Lady Isabel Stewart, married Walter, Lord Halyburton of Dirleton.
  • .... etc.



  • The Later Scottish Kings (1371 - 1603)
  • .... etc.
  • 3. Robert [Stewart], 1st Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland 1388-1420, cr. 28 Feb 1361 Earl of Menteith and 28 Apr 1398 Duke of Albany (b. c. 1340/1; d. 3 Sep 1420), mar. (1) after 9 Sep 1361 Lady Margaret Drummond, suo jure Countess of Menteith (b. bef. 1334; former wife of (1) Sir John Murray of Bothwell (d. 1352), (2) Thomas, 9th Earl of Mar, and (3) Sir John Drummond of Concraig; d. betw. 20 Jul 1372 and 4 May 1380), dau. of Sir John Graham by his wife Lady Mary, suo jure Countess of Menteith, and had issue:
    • 1a. .... etc.
    • 5a. Lady Isabella Stewart, mar. (1) before 1398 Alexander [Leslie], 9th Earl of Ross, and (2) betw. 1402 and 2 Feb 1408 Walter Haliburton of Dirleton, and had issue by both husbands
  • The 1st Duke of Albany mar. (2) after 4 May 1380 Muriella Keith (d. bef. 1 Jun 1449), dau. of Sir William Keith by his wife Margaret Fraser, dau. of John Fraser, and had further issue:
    • 2a. .... etc.
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Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
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Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
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October 26, 1410
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Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland
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