About Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney
ROBERT STEWART, EARL OF ORKNEY, LORD OF SHETLAND
Robert Stewart is the bastard son of James V, King of Scots. His mother is Euphame Elphinestone, the daughter of Alexander, Lord Elphinestone. He was born in the Spring of 1533, probably between 14 February and 4 June 1533. His place of birth is not known. [Peter D. Andersen, Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland, 1533-1593 (John Donald, Edinburgh, 1982), pp. 154-5 for a discussion about his date of birth] His mother was subsequently married to John Bruce of Cultmalindie. The County Families of the Island of Shetland Euphame Elphinestone and John Bruce of Cultmalindie are reported to have been married in 1540. The Scots Peerage
Cultmalindie is not located in the Shetland islands, it is located in the Perthshire parish of Tibbermore.A Vision of Britain Through Time Euphame Elphinestone's son Laurence Bruce of Cultmalindie was the first member of his family to go to Shetland, where he was appointed underfowde by Robert Stewart, his brother uterine, but he did not go there until 1571. The County Families of the Islands of Shetland
Feuar of the Crown Lands of Orkney and Shetland
On 25 May 1565 the the crown lands of Orkney and Shetland were conferred on Sir Robert Stewart of Strathdon. The County Families of the Shetland Islands Robert Stewart is noticed in that style, as the feuar of the lands and lordship of Orkney and Shetland, and as sheriff principal of the same, in a summons issued by him in Orkney on 4 November 1567. Records of the Earldom of Orkney
Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland
Robert Stewart was created Earl of Orkney and Lord of Shetland by a patent dated 28 October 1581.The County Families of the Shetland Islands
Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney and Lord of Shetland died on 4 February 1593. The Scots Peerage He died in his palace at Kirkwall in Orkney. He made his last will and testament two days before, from his death bed in his palace in Kirkwall. Present to witness his final act was his daughter Jean and her husband Lord Lindores, his natural son James Stewart of Graemsay, Thomas Swinton, minister at Kirkwall, Walter Bruce, sheriff clerk, and two Edinburgh Burgesses, John Dick and David Pringle. [Peter D. Andersen, Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland, 1533=1593 (John Donald, Edinburgh, 1982), page 129]
Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney (formerly Robert Stewart, feuar of the crown lands of Orkney and Shetland), married Lady Janet Kennedy. National Records of Scotland, Register House Charters, reference RH6/2129
Children by his marriage to Lady Janet Kennedy
- Mary Stewart
- Lady Jean Stewart
- Henry Stewart, Master of Orkney
- Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney
- John Steward, Earl of Carrick
- Elizabeth Stewart
- Sir James Stewart of Eday and Tullos
- Sir Robert Stewart of Middleton
Bastard Child of Janet Robertson
Bastard Child of Isobel Broun
Bastard Child of Janet Gray
Bastard Child of Janet Allardyce
Bastard Children of Unknown Mothers
Evidence from the National Records of Scotland
18 September 1568: Charter of Sale by John Bellenden of Auchinnoull, Kt, Justice Clerk and feuar of the lands undermentioned, whereby, in implement of a contract dated at Edinburgh 17 Sep 1568, he sold to Dame Johanna Kennedy, spouse of Lord Robert Stewart, feuar of Orkney and Zetland, in liferent, and to Mary Stewart, daughter of said Robert and Johanna in fee, the lands of the south side of Birsay extending to 80 pennylands, with all quylandis and owtbrekis and other lands not having fixed names in the rental of the bishopric of Orkney and lying within the parish of Birsay, with the mill built there Also the lands of the north side of Birsay extending to 55 pennylands, with all other lands, 'quyland' and 'owtbrekland' not having fixed names in said rental lying in the north part of Birsay, also the lands of Birsay-abone-the-hill extending to 18 pennylands, also the lands of Skelden, Phea and Hundland in said parish, half barrel of butter for the scat of Twat, the lands of Salsister extending to 3 pennylands, a fardin-land in Isbister, a halfpennyland in Sabister, the lands of Marwik extending to 55 pennylands, with lochs and fishings, and the teind sheaves of all said lands always united to them, with mill lands, multures and suckin thereof, lying within the regality of said bishop and sheriffdom of Orkney, all incorporated by Adam, bishop of Orknay and Zetland and the chapter of Orknay into one tenandry; and that in excambion for the lands called Abbattisgrange, the lands of Newbigging and Ponderlandis, Bowhous, Luderis-aikeris, and Cowperland alias Coilheuchburn, with the mansion thereof, with the teinds sheaves of said lands included and united, lying in the barony of Kers, regality of Holyrood and sheriffdom of Striviling, now disponed by the grantees to granter in liferent and to Lewis Bellenden, his son and apparent heir in fee. To be held by said Johanna in liferent, said Mary and the heirs male of her body, whom failing, Henry Stewart, son of said Lord Robert, and Thomas, Henry brother german, and the heirs male of their bodies respectively and successively, whom failing, the heirs male of said Lord Robert's body, whom failing, Robert and James Stewart, his natural sons, and the heirs male of their bodies respectively and successively, whom failing, James, Earl of Murray lord Abernethie, Regent of Scotland, and the heirs male of his body, whom failing, Lord Francis Stewart, son and heir of umquhile John lord Dernling, and the heirs male of his body, whom failing, Robert Stewart, natural brother of said Lord Robert and the heirs male of his body, whom all failing, said Mary's heirs or assignees whomsoever, 'a me' of said bishop in feu. Rendering therefor yearly for each last of 20 lasts 4 mele 4 settines flesh 36s, in all £36 7s, and for each last of 12 lasts 1 mele 4 settines 16 marks victual called cost and one last twyis scheillit meill £6, in all £78 8s 11d, and for each of 25 score and 13 kain fowls 2d, in all £4 5s 6d, and for each of 18 faddomes peats 6s, in all £5 8s, also 47s 8d skatt-silver, and for each barrel of 17 1/2 barrels butter £3, in all £52 10s, as the old mail due before the infeftment herein of Gilbert Balfour and Margaret Boithwele, his spouse, the granter's predecessors, in all £179 7s 1d, and 52s 11d in augmentation of rental, in all £182 Scots, also 3 suits at said bishop's 3 head courts to be held at his palace of Kirkwall or elsewhere; and defending the bishop, his place, kirk and clergy according to their power; and doubling the feu duty the first year of each heir's entry; and in the event of 4 terms' duty remaining together unpaid, the lands shall revert to the superior. With Precept of Sasine directed to Walter Bruce. Provided that said Lord Robert, his heirs male or assignees, might redeem the fee of the above on payment of 100 gold crowns of the sun within the kirk of [-]. At Edinburgh Witnesses: John Towris, son and heir apparent of George Towris of Inverleith, John Grahame, parson of Sanday, James Menteith of Eister Saltcoittis, James Myllar and James Logane, notaries public, cum diversis aliis National Records of Scotland, Register House Charters, reference RH6/2129
17 July - September 1572: Feu Charter by Adam, Bishop of Orkney and Zeitland, with consent of the chapter, granting to Lord Robert Stewart, feuar of the earldom lands of Orkney and Zeitland, in liferent, and to Henry Stewart, his lawful eldest son in fee, and the heirs male of his body, whom failing, Patrick Stewart, brother german of said Henry and the heirs male of his body, whom failing, said Lord Robert and other heirs male of his body Whom failing, Robert and James Stewart, natural sons of said Lord Robert, and the heirs male of their bodies successively, whom failing, the heirs male of the body of umquhile James, Earl of Murray lord Abirnethy, whom failing, Lord Frances Stewart, Commendator of Kelso and the heirs male of his body, whom failing, Robert Steward, brother natural of said Lord Robert, and the heirs male of his body, whom all failing, said Lord Robert's heirs male whomsoever bearing the names and arms of Stewart, without division, 112 merklands within the parish of Dunrosnes, 22 1/2 merklands in the isle of Burray, 14 merklands called Grymbusta in Goldberuik, 15 1/2 merklands in the isle of Brassay, 16 merklands in the parish of Tingwell, Quhytnes and Wesdaill, 39 merklands with 6 'uris' lands in the parish of Nesting and Lunasting, 11 merklands with 6 'uris' lands in the isle of Quhalsay and in the small isles called 'holmes' adjacent thereto, 89 merklands in the isle of Fetlare, 132 1/2 merklands in the isle of Unst, 84 merklands in the isle of Yell, 89 merklands in the parish of Northmavin, 33 merklands in the parish of Delting, 55 1/2 merklands in the parish of Vaus (eg Walls), 55 1/2 merklands in the parish of Sandsting and Aythsting, and 9 merklands in the isle of Fair-Yle, also all other kirklands or 'kirk-umbothis' pertaining to said bishopric, and all quoylandis, outbrekis, towmales, tofts, crofts and other lands having no definite names in the bishop's rental, with the houses, lakes, fishings and yards of all the lands foresaid, lying within the bishop's regality and the sheriffdom or foudrie of Zeitland: all which he erected into one free tenandry to be called the tenandry of Grymbusta, granting that one Sasine to be taken at the chief messuage of Grymbusta should suffice for all. To be held 'de nobis'. Rendering therefor yearly £19 10s Zeitland payment, eg two thirds thereof in woollen cloth called in Norse 'wadmell', and one third in butter, extending to 26 'pakkis' of 'wadmell' and 14 barrels 8 'lesponds' of butter (or for each pack 20s, for each barrel, £3, in all £69 6s 8d Scots), and £6 13s 4d augmentation, in all £76 Scots; also 3 suits at 3 head courts to be held at Grymbusta or elsewhere; and defending the bishop and his clergy to the best of their power; and doubling one year's feu duty at the entry of heirs: and if they fail to pay the duties for 3 terms successively, so that 3 terms pass into a fourth with any payment made, the lands should revert to the superior. With Precept of Sasine addressed to James Menteith of Salcottis. At Leyth and Kirkwall 17 Jul and [-] Sep 1572 Witnesses: Sir John Bellenden of Auchinnoull, Kt, justice clerk, Master John Scharp, advocate, Oliver Kennedy, lawful son of John Kennedy of Drumnellane, Robert Gourlaw, Walter Callender, Alexander Kincaid, servitors of the bishop, Master Alexander Chalmer, vicar of Barro, William Elphingstoun, brother german of Robert, Lord Elphingstoun, William Henresoun, Dingwell pursuivant, Alexander Lausoun, notary public, 'cum diversis aliis' National Records of Scotland, Register House Charters, reference RH6/2254
Published Record Evidence and Biographical Accounts
- Records of the Earldom of Orkney
- The Scots Peerage
- Wikipedia: Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney
- Peter D. Andersen, Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland, 1533-1593 (John Donald, Edinburgh, 1982), 245 pages.
- Sir Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland1,2,3,4
- M, #37641, b. circa 1533, d. 4 February 1593
- Father James V Stewart, King of Scotland3,4 b. 10 Apr 1512, d. 14 Dec 1542
- Mother Euphemia Elphinstone3,4 b. 11 May 1509
- Sir Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland was born circa 1533; Age 5 in 1538.3,4 He married Jean Kennedy, daughter of Gilbert Kennedy, 3rd Earl Cassillis and Margaret Kennedy, circa 14 December 1561; They had 6 sons (Henry; Thomas; Patrick, 2nd Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland; John, Lord Kinclaven, Earl of Carrick-in-Orkney; Sir James of Eday & Tullos, & Sir Robert of Middleton) & 3 daughters (Mary, wife of Patrick, 6th Lord Gray; Jean/Jane, wife of Patrick Leslie, 1st Lord Lindores, & of Sir Robert, 1st Lord Melville of Raith; & Elizabeth, wife of James Sinclair of Murchil (Master of Caithness)). He also had a number of illegitimate children: Robert; James; James of Graemsay; William of Egilshay; George of Eynhallow; Edward of Brugh, South Ronaldsay; David of How; Christian, wife of John Mouat of Heogaland; Grizel, wife of Hugh Sinclair of Brough; & Mary, wife of Lawrence Sinclair of Gott.3,4 Sir Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney, Lord of Shetland died on 4 February 1593.3,4
- Family Jean Kennedy d. Sep 1598
- Henry Stewart, Master of Orkney d. bt 9 Jun 1585 - 1590
- Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney, Lord of Zetland d. 6 Feb 1615
- Mary Stewart5
- Elizabeth Stewart6
- [S11471] Unknown author, The Scots Peerage, by Sir James Balfour Paul, 1904, Vol. III, p. 531, Vol. I, p. 24.
- [S11585] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VI, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 573-575.
- [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 600.
- [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 679.
- [S11566] The Scots Peerage, Vol. IV, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 285-286.
- [S11564] The Scots Peerage, Vol. II, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 340.
- From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1253.htm#i37641
- Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney1
- M, #108334, b. 1533, d. 4 February 1592/93
- Last Edited=5 Oct 2013
- Consanguinity Index=0.0%
- Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney was born illegitimately in 1533.1 He was the son of James V Stewart, King of Scotland and Euphemia Elphinstone.1 He married Lady Janet Kennedy, daughter of Gilbert Kennedy, 3rd Earl of Cassillis and Margaret Kennedy, on 14 December 1561 at Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He died on 4 February 1592/93.
- He gained the title of 1st Earl of Orkney.1 He held the office of Prior of Holyrood.1 He held the office of Commendator of Holyrood.2
- Child of Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney
- Elizabeth Stewart+3
- Children of Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney and Lady Janet Kennedy
- John Stewart, 1st and last Earl of Carrick+4 d. fr 22 Jun 1643 - 3 Mar 1645/46
- Henry Stewart, Master of Orkney d. a 1589
- Sir James Stewart+
- Robert Stewart
- Lady Mary Stewart+5
- Katherine Stewart+3
- Lady Jean Stewart+6 b. c 1563
- Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney b. a 1568, d. 6 Feb 1615
- [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 242. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
- [S323] 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 23. Hereinafter cited as The Scots Peerage.
- [S37] BP2003 See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
- [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 59. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
- [S37] BP2003. [S37]
- From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p10834.htm#i108334
- Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 54
- Stewart, Robert (d.1592) by Thomas Finlayson Henderson
- STEWART, Lord ROBERT, afterwards Earl of Orkney (d. 1592), was a natural son of James V of Scotland by Euphemia, daughter of Alexander Elphinstone, first lord Elphinstone. He was a half-brother of Mary Queen of Scots, of James Stewart, the regent Moray, and Lord John Stewart (1531–1563) [q. v.] In 1539 he had from the king a grant of the abbacy of Holyrood. His name first appears as a member of the privy council, 20 March 1551–2 (Reg. P. C. Scotl. i. 119). He early joined the lords of the congregation against the queen regent, and Knox states that in 1559 he was present during the surprise attack of the French on the Canongate, and on their withdrawal was one of the first to follow in pursuit of them (Works, i. 458). He subscribed the treaty of Berwick between the lords of the congregation and Queen Elizabeth on 10 May 1560 (ib. ii. 53), and he is included by Knox among those attending the parliament of July–August of this year, who ‘had renounced Papistry and openly professed Jesus Christ’ (ib. p. 88). No doubt, like his half-brother Lord John, he was in his political conduct mainly guided by Lord James (afterwards Earl of Moray), whose force of character secured him the loyal devotion of both. Thus on the arrival of Queen Mary in Scotland both Lord Robert and Lord John placed themselves at the disposal of Lord James in regard to the queen's celebration of her first mass, and after the ceremony protected the priest and conveyed him to his chamber (ib. p. 271). In 1561 he also with Lord John kept watch at Holyrood Palace when, during the absence of Lord James on the borders, a rumour arose of a projected night attack (ib. p. 293).
- On 3 Nov. 1566 Lord Robert received from the queen a pension of 990l. and several chalders of different kinds of grain out of the temporalities of Holyrood for the maintenance of his legitimate and natural children; and the grant was confirmed on 19 April 1567 by act of parliament. The grant, as well as the confirmation, may have been intended as a bribe in connection with the murder of Darnley. Though he took no active part in the murder, he would appear to have had a more or less intimate knowledge of the plot. After Darnley's arrival at Kirk o' Field he was reported to have warned him that mischief against him was intended. Darnley, it is further stated, informed the queen of what Lord Robert had told him; but Lord Robert denying that ‘he had spoken any such thing,’ they put their hands to their weapons, and the Earl of Moray had to be called in to separate them (Calderwood, History, ii. 343). In 1569 Lord Robert exchanged the temporalities of Holyrood House for the temporal estates of the see of Orkney with Adam Bothwell, bishop of Orkney; but in 1570 the bishop of Orkney explained that Lord Robert had ‘violently intruded himself on his whole living with bloodshed and hurt of his servants;’ that ‘after he had craved justice, his and his servants’ lives were ‘sought in the very eye of justice in Edinburgh;’ and that he was ‘then constrained, of mere necessity, to take the abbacy of Holyrood by advice of sundry godly men’ (ib. p. 531). On 18 July 1574 a letter passed the great seal in favour of Lord Robert, confirming the letter of pensions to his three legitimate and two natural sons out of the abbacy of Holyrood, reserving 860l. to the ministers and readers (Reg. Mag. Sig. Scot. 1546–80, No. 2283). Having, however, been accused in the following year of treason in offering the Isles of Orkney to the king of Denmark, he was in August imprisoned by the orders of the regent Morton in the castle of Orkney (Hist. of James the Sext, p. 157); and although he made large offers to obtain his freedom, he was retained in prison until Morton's resignation of the regency (ib. p. 182). On being set free he became one of the chief conspirers of Morton's ruin (Melville, Memoirs, p. 266); and he was one of those who, on 18 Jan. 1580–1, conveyed Morton to imprisonment in Dumbarton Castle (Moysie, Memoirs, p. 29; Calderwood, iii. 484). On 21 Oct. 1581 he was created by the king Earl of Orkney, when his lands of Orkney and Zetland were erected into an earldom (Reg. Mag. Sig. Scot. 1580–1593, No. 263); and on 18 Dec. he had a grant of the island of Caned in Orkney (ib. No. 307). He died in 1592. By his wife, Lady Janet Kennedy, eldest daughter of Gilbert, third earl of Cassilis, he had five sons and four daughters: Henry, who died before his father; Patrick, second earl of Orkney [q. v.]; John, earl of Carrick; Sir James, gentleman of the bedchamber to James VI; Sir Robert; Mary, married to Patrick, seventh lord Gray; Jean, married first to Patrick Leslie, commendator of Lindores, by whom she was mother of David Leslie, first lord Newark [q. v.], the general; and secondly to Robert, lord Melville of Raith; Elizabeth, married to Sir John Sinclair of Murchil, brother of George, fifth earl of Caithness; and Barbara.
- [Reg. P. C. Scotl. vols. i–v.; Reg. Mag. Sig. Scot. 1546–80 and 1580–93; Knox's Works; Calderwood's Hist. of Scotland; Moysie's Memoirs, and Hist. of James the Sext (Bannatyne Club); Douglas's Scottish Peerage, ed. Wood, ii. 341.]
- From: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Stewart,_Robert_(d.1592)_(DNB00)
- Robert Stewart
- Birth: 1533 Midlothian, Scotland
- Death: Feb. 4, 1593 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
- 1st Earl of Orkney, Lord of ZetlandShetland
- Born 1533 Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Midlothian, Scotland.
- Family links:
- James King of Scots (1512 - 1542)
- Euphemia Elphinstone (1509 - ____)
- Janet Kennedy Stewart (1537 - 1598)
- Jean Stewart Leslie (1570 - 1642)*
- Adam Stewart (1530 - 1575)**
- 1st Lord Darnley John Stewart (1531 - 1563)**
- James Stewart (1531 - 1570)**
- Robert Stewart (1533 - 1593)
- Jean Stewart Campbell (1537 - 1588)**
- James Stewart (1540 - 1541)**
- Arthur Stewart (1541 - 1541)**
- Mary Stuart (1542 - 1587)**
- *Calculated relationship
- Burial: Saint Magnus Cathedral Churchyard, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
- Find A Grave Memorial# 84549118
- From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84549118
'A concise history of Port Beaufort & White Sands (also known as Witsand) including Family Trees White Sands & Port Beaufort' by John McGregor http://www.geni.com/projects/South-Africa-History-and-Families-of-Witsand-White-Sands-and-Port-Beaufort/12050
- The Scots peerage : founded on Wood's ed. 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, 1846-1931. Published 1904. Volume 6. "The Earls of Orkney" page 572 - 573, page 574 - 575
- 635. Birth Brieve of Mr. David Nairne, 1687 in The Scottish Antiquary, Vol. IX(1895), 119-24.
Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney's Timeline
Cultmilandie, Shetland Islands, Scotland
Scotland, United Kingdom
Mercat Cross, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
November 3, 1566
Orkney, Orkney, United Kingdom
September 18, 1568
Orkney, Orkney, Scotland
Eday, Orkney, Scotland
Orkney, Orkney, United Kingdom