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David Stewart, 5th of Garth

Also Known As: "Governor of St. Lucia"
Birthdate: (57)
Death: December 18, 1829 (57)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Stewart, 3rd of Garth and Janet Stewart
Husband of Christian Stewart
Partner of Unknown partner of Maj. Gen. David Stewart
Father of Neil Stewart and Jean Stewart
Brother of William Stewart, 4th of Garth; John Stewart; Janet Irvine; Alexander Stewart and Clementina Stewart

Managed by: Erik Olav Løseth
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About Maj. Gen. David Stewart, 5th of Garth

Major-General David Stewart (1772 - 1829), Governor of St Lucia and author of 'Sketches of the Highlanders'.

Major-General David STEWART of Garth CB; born 12 Apr 1772, he was commissioned from the Atholl Highlanders as Ensign in the 42nd Regiment (The Black Watch) on 10 Oct 1787, Lieut 8 Aug 1792, Capt-Lieut 24 Jun 1796, wounded at Alexandria 21 Mar 1801, Captain 23 Jul 1802, Major 17 Apr 1804, transferred to the 78th Regiment Dec 1804, wounded at Maida 4 Jul 1806, Bt Col 4 Jun 1814, Major General 1825 died unmarried 18 Dec 1829 at St Lucia as Governor Author of Sketches of the Highlanders of Scotland (1822),


The First Highlander: Major General David Stewart of Garth CB Tuckwell Press 1998 ISBN 1 86232 050 0

A biography of the man responsible for writing a book that largely created the modern image of the Highlander. Stewart, a soldier proud to associate with the aristocracy, also launched attacks on his fellow lairds over the Clearances, which led to him being accused of Radicalism. Source: Amazon

The First Highlander: Major-General David Stuart of Garth CB, 1768-1829 Paperback – 16 Jul 1998 by James Irvine Robertson (Author)

Sketches of the Character, Manners, and Present State of the Highlanders of Scotland published in two volumes by Archibald Constable and Co in Edinburgh in 1822, was responsible for largely creating the modern image of the Highlander, the clans and Scottish regiments and is considered the foundation for all subsequent work on highlanders, clans and Scottish regiments system.

Personal life

David Stewart was second son of Robert Stewart of Garth (Clan Stewart), Perthshire, and was descended from James Stewart (grandson of Robert II) who built Castle Garth at the end of the fourteenth century. David Stewart, known as an Athollman, was an officer in the Black Watch regiment.

Soon after publishing his book he succeeded to the estate of Garth by the death of his elder brother. When George IV visited Edinburgh in August 1822, Stewart helped Sir Walter Scott in the reception arrangements, headed the Celtic club in the procession, adjusted the royal plaid for the levée, and pronounced the king ‘a vera pretty man’ (Lockhart). He was promoted to major-general on 27 May 1825, and in 1829 he went moved to Saint Lucia as governor. The island was then very unhealthy, and on 18 Dec. he died there, widely regretted.

Source: Wikipedia

Added to Geni by Janet Milburn 4/28/18

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Maj. Gen. David Stewart, 5th of Garth's Timeline

December 23, 1823
Age 51
Fortingall, Perthshire, Scotland
December 18, 1829
Age 57