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  • The thanage of Fermartyn including the district commonly called Formartine : its proprietors, with genealogical deductions; its parishes, ministers, churches, churchyards, antiquities &c. (1894)
  • III. John Gordon of Auchleuchry.
  • He obtained a portion of the Gordon territory by receiving the lands of Botarie from the Earl of Huntly ; had seisin of the lands of Kindrocht in 1487 In 1493, he purchased the lands of Longweir (Lungair or Lungar) and Hilton in the county of Kincardine, forming the southern half of the barony of Dunnottar, and in the same year those of Cromy, Little Warthill, with the part of Harlaw and the Glack. In this deed he is designated John Gordon of Auchleuchry. In 1506, he got a charter from Sir Alexander Seton of the lands of Kinmundy, Mylhill, Myllbrecks, and Petremarcus, and in the same year, he purchased the lands of Kyninmonde in Lonmay. John Gordon married Barbara, daughter of Alexander Forbes of Pitsligo, by his wife, Dame ___Hay, daughter of William, first Earl of Errol, by whom he had a son,
    • I. John, his successor.
    • II. Francis.
  • John Gordon died 1506, and was succeeded by his son,
  • IV. John Gordon of Auchleuchry, Lungar, Kinmundie, &c.
  • In 1506, there is a deed of sasine in favour of John Gordon, son and heir of the late John Gordon of Lungar, on charter of William Gordon of Schivas, of the lands of Petnagoak, in the county of Aberdeen and barony of Schivas, dated 24 November, 1506. In 1531, there is a charter by King James V. confirming a charter of sale by Francis Gordon, portioner, Kindrocht and Sathlee to his brother, John Gordon of Lumgair, and eight years later, he got a feu charter from the Bishop of Moray, to him and the lawful heirs male of his body, of the lands of Pitlurge, Ovir Auchquhorties, Nether Auchquhorties, in the barony of Keith. These lands adjoined to Botarie. He made an excambion in 1541, with Sir Thomas Erskine of Brechin, receiving the lands of
  • Crevethin in Drumblade in exchange for Hilton, the harbour and fishings of the same; and in the same year also received a charter from John Forsyth de Dykis of the lands of Gilkenston.
  • He married Lady Jane Stuart, daughter of the first Earl of Athole of that family, by his second wife. Lady Eleanor St. Clair, daughter of William, Earl of Orkney and Caithness. The Earl of Athole was half-brother to King James II., being son of Queen Joan Beaufort, by her second husband. Sir James Stuart, the black knight of Lorne. Lady Jean predeceased her husband, having borne him two sons : —
    • I. John, his successor.
    • II. James, who received a grant of Auchleuchries from his brother in 1546.
    • I. A daughter, who married ___ Turing of Foveran.
  • John Gordon married secondly, Margaret Drummond, of the family of Stobhall, without issue (she married after her husband's death George Baird of Auchmedden).
  • He died in 1546, and was succeeded by his eldest son, .... etc.


  • Sir John Stewart, 1st Earl Atholl, Ambassador to England1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
  • M, #2944, b. circa 1440, d. 15 September 1512
  • Father Sir James Stewart, Black Knight of Lorn10,11 d. a 17 Aug 1451
  • Mother Joan Beaufort10,11 b. 1398, d. 15 Jul 1445
  • Sir John Stewart, 1st Earl Atholl, Ambassador to England was born circa 1440 at of Balveny, Fifeshire, Scotland.5,12 He married Margaret 'Fair Maid of Galloway' Douglas, daughter of Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl Douglas, Earl of Wigtown, Duke of Touraine, Comte de Longueville and Euphemia Graham, between July 1459 and 25 March 1460; They had 3 daughters (Jean, wife of Alexander Gordon, 3rd Earl Huntly; Elizabeth, wife of Andrew, 2nd Lord Gray; & Christian, wife of Neil Stewart of Forthergill & Garth).2,4,5,6,9,12 Sir John Stewart, 1st Earl Atholl, Ambassador to England married Eleanor Sinclair, daughter of Sir William Sinclair, 3rd Earl of Orkney, 1st Earl Caithness, Lord Sinclair and Marjory (Mary) Sutherland, before 19 April 1475; They had 2 sons (John, 2nd Earl of Atholl, Lord of Balveny; & Andrew, Bishop of Caithness, Bishop-elect of Dunkeld) and 9 daughters (Katherine, wife of John, 6th Lord Forbes; Isabel, wife of John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Lennox; Margaret, wife of William Murray of Castletown; Jean, wife of Sir Robert Gordon of Pitlurg; Elizabeth, wife of Alexander Robertson of Strowan; Margaret, wife of Robert Robertson, younger of Strowan; Marjory, wife of Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy; Elspeth, wife of Robert Innes of Innermarkie; & Jean (Janet), wife of James Arbuthnott).5,12 Sir John Stewart, 1st Earl Atholl, Ambassador to England died on 15 September 1512 at Laighwood, Perthshire, Scotland; Buried at Dunkeld Cathedral, Perthshire.5,12
  • Family 1 Margaret 'Fair Maid of Galloway' Douglas d. bt 22 Jan 1473 - 19 Apr 1475
  • Children
    • Jane Stewart+
    • Jean Stewart+2,13,6,12 d. 27 Oct 1510
    • Elizabeth Stewart+ b. a 1460
  • Family 2 Eleanor Sinclair d. 21 Mar 1519
  • Children
    • Elizabeth III Stewart+
    • Margaret II Stewart+
    • Margaret Stewart+ d. a 1485
    • Elspeth Stewart+
    • Jean Stewart+14,12
    • Marjory Stewart+15 d. 26 Jul 1524
    • Margaret Stewart+ b. bt 1460 - 1475
    • Katherine Stewart+ b. c 1463
    • John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl+12 b. c 1465, d. bt 1520 - 1522
    • Elizabeth II Stewart+16,15,3,7,8 b. a 1476
  • Citations
  • 1.[S199] Unknown author, Ancestors of American Presidents by Gary Boyd Roberts, p. 150; Scots Peerage.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 98.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 593.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 573.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 105-106.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 241-242.
  • 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 680.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 672.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 651.
  • 10.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 103-104.
  • 11.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 41.
  • 12.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 42-43.
  • 13.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 106-107.
  • 14.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 1.
  • 15.[S11563] The Scots Peerage, Vol. I, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 442.
  • 16.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 597.
  • From:


  • 3. JAMES Stewart (-[1448]). The Black Knight of Lorn. m (1439) as her second husband, JOAN Beaufort, widow of JAMES I King of Scotland, daughter of JOHN Beaufort Earl of Somerset & his wife Margaret de Holand (-Dunbar Castle 15 Jul 1445, bur Monastery of the Charterhouse, Perth). James & his wife had three children:
    • a) JOHN Stewart of Balveny ([1440]-the Laighwood 15 Sep 1512, bur Dunkeld Cathedral). Earl of Atholl 1457.
    • - EARLS of ATHOLL.
    • b) JAMES Stewart (-[Jan 1497/Jan 1500]). Earl of Buchan 1469.
    • - EARLS of BUCHAN.
    • c) ANDREW Stewart (1443-1501). Bishop of Moray 1483.
  • From:
  • JOHN Stewart, son of JAMES Stewart, the Black Knight of Lorn & his wife Joan Beaufort ([1440]-the Laighwood 15 Sep 1512, bur Dunkeld Cathedral). Earl of Atholl 1457.
  • m firstly ([1459/60]) as her third husband, MARGARET Douglas "the Fair Maid of Galloway", widow of WILLIAM Douglas Earl of Douglas and divorced wife (secondly) of JAMES Douglas Earl of Douglas, daughter of ARCHIBALD Douglas Earl of Douglas & his second wife Eupheme Graham of Strathearn (-[21 Jan 1473/early 1475]).
  • m secondly (before 19 Apr 1475) ELEANOR Sinclair, daughter of WILLIAM Sinclair Earl of Caithness & his second wife Marjory Sutherland of Dunbeath (-21 Mar 1518, bur Dunkeld Cathedral).
  • Earl John & his first wife had six children:
    • 1. JANET (-Strathbogie 27 Oct 1510). m (contract 14 Oct 1474) as his first wife, ALEXANDER Gordon Master of Huntly, son of GEORGE Gordon Earl of Huntly & his first wife Elizabeth Douglas Dowager Ctss of Moray née Dunbar of the Earls of Moray (-Perth 21 Jan 1524, bur Perth Dominican Friars). He succeeded his father in 1501 as Earl of Huntly.
    • 2. CATHERINE . m as his first wife, JOHN Forbes, son of WILLIAM Forbes Lord Forbes & his wife Christian Gordon of the Earls of Huntly (-1547).
    • 3. three daughters .
    • 4. ELIZABETH . m (before 1483) as his second wife, ANDREW Gray Lord Gray, son of PATRICK Gray Master of Gray & his second wife Annabel Forbes (-Feb 1514).
  • Earl John & his second wife had eleven children:
    • 5. JOHN (-1521). Earl of Atholl.
    • - see below.
    • 6. ANDREW (-1542). Bishop of Caithness 1518.
    • 7. JEAN . m as his first wife, ROBERT Gordon of Pitlurgo, son of ---.
    • 8. ELSPETH . m ([1510]) ROBERT Innes of Innermarky, son of ---.
    • 9. MARJORY (-1524). m COLIN Campbell of Glenurchy, son of --- (-1523).
    • 10. MARGARET . m WILLIAM Murray of Tullibardine, son of --- (-killed in battle 1513).
    • 11. ISABEL . m as his second wife, ALEXANDER Robertson of Struan, son of ---.
    • 12. ELISABETH . m firstly JOHN Stuart Earl of Lennox, son of MATTHEW Stuart Earl of Lennox & his second wife Elizabeth Hamilton (-1526). m secondly (1529) as his second wife, NINIAN Lord Ross, son of --- (-1556).
    • 13. CHRISTIAN (-1538). m as his first wife, NEIL Stuart of Garth, son of --- (-1554).
    • 14. MARGARET [Isabel]. m ROBERT Robertson of Struan, son of ---.
  • From:


  • 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 (1904)
  • Pg.441
  • I. Sir John Stewart of Balvany, first Earl of Atholl of this line, born about 1440, styled 'frater carnalis' of King James II. He was created EARL OF ATHOLL in or before 1457, and is so designed in a truce with the English that year. Styled Earl of Atholl in a charter under the Great Seal, 25 March 1460, of the lordship of Balvany. Another charter was granted to him by King James III., on account of near kinship and affection, of the earldom of Atholl and the lands with remainder to the heirs-male of his body, whom failing to the King, with the reddendo of a red rose to be delivered at Blair, 18 March 1481-82. He was sent in the expedition against John, Lord of the Isles, in 1475, and being victorious, adopted the motto 'Furth fortune and fill the fetters.' In 1484 he was one of the conservators of the peace with England, and in 1488 commanded in the army of James III. On that King's death the Earl was imprisoned by King James IV., but was liberated before 1489, when he attended Parliament in Edinburgh. He died at the Laighwood, 15 September 1512, and was buried in Dunkeld Cathedral. He married, first, Margaret Douglas, the Fair Maid of Galloway, only daughter and ultimate heiress of Archibald, fifth Earl of Douglas, Duke of Touraine. She married, first, in 1444, William, eighth Earl of Douglas, and on his death his brother James, ninth Earl. After the latter's rebellion in 1455 she remained with him in England for a time, but about 1459 she is said to have repaired to
  • Pg.442
  • King James II. entreating mercy, saying that she was forced to these ungodly nuptials against her will. The marriage being dissolved she was married to Atholl, as her third husband, before March 1460. He married, secondly, before 19 April 1475, Eleanor Sinclair, stated to be a daughter of William (Sinclair), Earl of Orkney and Caithness. He had issue by both wives : —
    • 1. John, second Earl.
    • 2. Andrew, Bishop-elect of Dunkeld in 1515, but he never obtained possession of the see. He was made Bishop of Caithness in 1518, and died 1542.
    • 3. Jean, married, before 1482, to Alexander, third Earl of Huntly.
    • 4. Katherine, married to John, sixth Lord Forbes.*
    • 5. Elisabeth, married, contract dated 19 January 1511-12, to John, third Earl of Lennox, by dispensation dated 29 January 1511-12, as they were related in the second and fourth degrees of consanguinity.
    • 6. Christian, married to Neil Stewart of Garth, died 30 May 1538 and was buried in the Cathechal of Dunkeld.
    • 7. Margaret, said to have been married to William Murray of Tullibardine, but more probably to his son, William Murray of Castletown, killed at Flodden 9 September 1513. {See Murray, Duke of Atholl.)
    • 8. Elizabeth, married to Andrew, Lord Gray. {See that title.)
    • 9. Jean, said to be married to Sir Robert Gordon of Pitlurg.
    • 10. Elizabeth, married to Alexander Robertson of Strowan.
    • 11. Margaret, married to Robert Robertson, younger of Strowan.
    • 12. Marjory, married to Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy, and died 26 July 1524.
    • 13. Elspeth, married to Robert Innes of Innermarky.
  • ___________________________________
  • A genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited, and extinct peerages of the British empire (1978)
  • Pg.509
  • SIR JAMES STEWART, the Black Knight of Lorn, 3rd son of Sir John Stewart, of Innermeath and Lorn, m., 1438, Lady Joanna Beaufort, Dowager of King James I. of Scotland, and by her had three sons,
    • JOHN, his heir.
    • James, Earl of Buchan.
    • Andrew, bishop of Moray,
  • The eldest,
  • SIR JOHN STEWART, of Balveny, created EARL OF ATHOL, in 1457, acted a conspicuous part in the political transactions of his time, and was mainly instrumental in suppressing the rebellion of the Earl of Ross, upon which occasion he assumed the motto, still borne by his descendants, "Furth fortune and fill the fetters." He m. 1st, Lady Margaret Douglas, relict of William, 8th Earl of Douglas, and only dau. of Archibald, 5th Earl of Douglas, and had by her two daus., Janet, m. to Alexander, 3rd Earl of Huntly ; and Elizabeth, wife of Andrew, Lord Gray. The earl m. 2ndly, Lady Eleanor Sinclair, dau. of William, Earl of Orkney and Caithness, and by her had issue.
    • I. JOHN, 2nd Earl of Athol.
    • II. Andrew, prebend of Craig, postulate of Donkeld, 1515, consecrated bishop of Caithness, 1518, d. 1542.
    • I. Jean, m. to Sir Robert Gordon, of Pitlurg.
    • II. Catherine, m. to John, Lord Forbes.
    • III. Elspeth, m. about 1510, to Robert Innes, of Innermarky.
    • IV. Marjory, m. to Sir Colin Campbell, of Glenurchy.
    • V. Margaret, m. to William Murray, of Tullibardine.
    • VI. Isabel, m to Alexander Robertson, of Strowan.
    • VII. Anne, m. to John, 3rd Earl of Lennox.
  • He d. 19 September, 1512, and was his son,
  • JOHN STEWART, 2nd Earl of Athol, who fell at Flodden the year after his succession. He m. Lady Mary Campbell, dau. of Archibald, Earl of Argyll, and left issue, .... etc.


  • Jean Stewart[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
  • Born of, Balveny, Fifeshire, Scotland
  • Father Sir John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl, b. Abt 1440, Balveny, Fifeshire, Scotland , d. 15 Sep 1512, Laighwood, Perthshire, Scotland
  • Mother Eleanor Sinclair, Countess of Atholl, b. Abt 1454, of, Ravenscraig, Fifeshire, Scotland , d. 21 Mar 1518-1519
  • Family Sir Robert Gordon, of Pitlurg, b. Abt 1479, of, Pitlurg, Aberdeenshire, Scotland , d. 1544
  • Children
  • 1. John Gordon, b. Abt 1517, of, Pitlurg, Aberdeenshire, Scotland , d. 10 Sep 1547, Battle of Pinkie, Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
  • Sources
  • 1.[S3] Medieval Lands: A Prosopography of Medieval European Noble and Royal Families, Charles Cawley, (, SCOTLAND NOBILITY; [Accessed Nov 2009].
  • 2.[S17] #894 Cahiers de Saint-Louis (1976), Louis IX, Roi de France, (Angers: J. Saillot, 1976), FHL book 944 D22ds., vol. 11 p. 857, 866.
  • 3.[S50] Medieval, royalty, nobility family group sheets (filmed 1996), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. Medieval Family History Unit, (Manuscript. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996), FHL film 1553977-1553985..
  • 4.[S7] #189 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, with Armorial Illustrations (1904-1914), Paul , Sir James Balfour, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), FHL book 941 D22p; FHL microfilms104,157-104,161., vol. 1 p. 442.
  • 5.[S23] Magna Carta Ancestry: A study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Richardson, Douglas, (Kimball G. Everingham, editor. 2nd edition, 2011), vol. 4 p. 106.
  • 6.[S25] #226 The Peerage of Scotland: Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom, from Their Origin to the Present Generation (2nd edition, 1813), Douglas, Sir Robert, (2nd edition. 2 volumes. Edinburgh: A. Constable, 1813 NOTE: Caution should be taken with this peerage, and compared with other peerages to obtain accurate information about the families. Some of the lineages are confused, but can be used for supplemental information.), FHL book Q 941 D22d; FHL microfilm 1,440,956 items., vol. 1 p. 141.
  • From:


  • Father: John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl (1440 - 1512)
  • Mother: Lady Eleanor Sinclair, Countess of Atholl (1457 - 1518)


  1. John (or Robert) GORDON 3rd of Auchleuchries, son of John GORDON 2nd of Auchleuchries, 1st of Pitlurg and Margaret FORBES. (John GORDON 3rd of Auchleuchries was born about 1481 and died about 1546 3.)


  • "7.         JEAN .  m as his first wife, Sir ROBERT Gordon of Pitlurgo." (FMG)
  • Burke's Dormant and Extinct Peerages, p 509, says Jean married "Sir Robert Gordon of Pitlurg"


  1. John 4th of Auchleuchries, 2nd of Pitlurg+
  2. Margaret of Botarie+
  3. James, 5th of Auchleuchries


Balvenie Castle

From: Historic Scotland

One castle and three dynasties

For over 500 years, Balvenie Castle served as the formidable stronghold of the great lords who ruled over this part of north-east Scotland. The immensely powerful ‘Black’ Comyn earls of Buchan built it in the 13th century. When they were forfeited in the early 14th century, because of their alliance with the ill-fated John Balliol, the stronghold passed to the mighty ‘Black’ Douglases. And when the Douglases too were wiped out around 1455 by James II, the victorious Stewart king entrusted it to a kinsman, John Stewart, Earl of Atholl. It remained with his descendants for the next 250 years. Today’s visitor will find important, and impressive, remains dating from all three dynastic families.

The castle of the Stewarts

James II granted Balvenie to his trusted kinsman, John Stewart, Earl of Atholl, and his lady, Margaret. Margaret had previously been the widow of the 8th Earl of Douglas and the divorced wife of the 9th Earl! The Stewarts held Balvenie for the next 250 years, in return for the princely sum of one red rose. During that time the Stewarts transformed the formidable medieval stronghold into a pleasing Renaissance residence. The noble Atholl Lodging at the SE corner, to the right of the main entrance, was built by the 4th Earl of Atholl during Mary Queen of Scots’ reign in the mid-16th century.




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Glen Fiddich, Fifeshire, Scotland
Age 36