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Sir Seamas (James) Mór Stewart, of Albany and Baldorran

Also Known As: ""the Fat", "" "the Gross"", "Sir James the Great Stewart (Albany & Baldorran)", "Stewart 1st Laird Baldorran", ""the Fat""
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Duke Murdoch's Castle, Loch Ard, Aberfoyle, Perthshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: May 18, 1451 (46-55)
in exile, Antrim, Ireland
Place of Burial: Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Murdoch Stewart, Duke Of Albany and Isabella, Countess of Lennox
Partner of Daughter of Iain MacDonald
Father of Andrew Stewart; Matilda Stewart; Adam Stewart of Morphie; Alexander Stewart and James Beag Stewart 1st of Baldorran
Brother of Robert Stewart, Master of Fife; Alasdair Stewart; Sir Walter Stewart of Lennox, Master of Fife and Lady Isabella Stewart

Occupation: 1st of Baldorran
Managed by: Vada McNicol
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About Sir James "Mór" Stewart of Albany & Baldorran

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_the_Fat

James Mor Stewart, called James the Fat, (Scottish Gaelic: Seamas Mór) (c. 1400–1429 or 1449) was the youngest son of Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany and Isabella of Lennox. When his father and brothers were executed by King James I for treason in 1425, James led a rebellion against the king, taking the town of Dumbarton and killing the keeper of Dumbarton Castle. His success was short lived and he soon fled to Ireland, where he would spend the remainder of his life in exile. A second attempt at rebellion in 1429 saw a fleet sail to Ireland to collect James "to convey him home that he might be king", but he died before the attempt could be made.

James's eldest son James "Beg" Stewart was able to secure a royal pardon and return to Scotland, and was the ancestor of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich on Lochearnside, whose family history is recounted by Sir Walter Scott in A Legend of Montrose. His youngest son Andrew Stewart, 1st Lord Avondale became Lord Chancellor of Scotland in 1459, becoming one of the leading servants of King James III of Scotland.

Little is known of James's life before the arrest of his father, the Duke of Albany, and his eldest son Alexander, for treason by King James I of Scotland on 21 March 1425, on the 9th day of the March parliament.[5] The family properties of Doune Castle and Falkland Palace were captured, and [5] Duke Murdoch and two of his sons were imprisoned and held pending trial. James soon became a rallying point for enemies of the King, raising a large rebellion against the crown. Initially at least, events moved in his favour. He received the support of his mother's supporters in the Lennox, and also from Fionnlagh MacCailein, Bishop of Argyll, a long-standing supporter of the Albany Stewarts.[5] James marched on the town of Dumbarton, burned it, and killed the keeper of the royal castle there, Sir John Stewart of Dundonald, who was the King's uncle.[6] However, the castle itself, commanded by John Colquhoun, successfully held out against James's men.[5]

Among other supporters were the Clan Galbraith, in particular the ninth chief James Galbraith of Culcreuch who joined Stewart's rebellion. As many as 600 members of the clan were forced to flee after the failure of the revolt, exiled to Kintyre and the Isle of Gigha, where they adopted the new name of MacBhreatneaich of M'Vretny ("son of the Briton") .

Escape to Ireland[edit] James the Fat's rebellion was quickly defeated. His father and brothers were found guilty of treason by a jury of knights and peers, and executed after a trial. At a stroke, almost all of James' family was wiped out. Only his mother, Isabella of Lennox survived the insurrection. Later in 1425, pursued by a royal expedition, James fled to Antrim, Ireland, accompanied by the illegitimate sons of his dead brother Walter of Lennox, to escape the King's justice. Few details of his escape survive but it seems likely that he sought assistance from the Campbells of Lochawe, to whom he was closely linked by blood and marriage.[8]

James the Fat would never return to his native Scotland. He remained an exile in Ireland until his death.[4][9] His widowed mother and sister remained in Scotland.

Claim to the throne; James Stewart was in line to claim the throne as sole surviving son of the Duke of Albany, half-brother to the late King Robert III.

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family

Sir James Mhor Stewart and his life-partner, the Lady MacDonald, never married, but they are believed to have had a family of seven children (another account gives seven sons and several daughters), although evidence of their children is unclear and conflicting. James remained an exile for the rest of his life and died in Ireland, however his son, James Beag Stewart was able to secure a royal pardon and return to Scotland.

  1. James "Beg" Stewart (born c.1410–1470) was able to secure a royal pardon and return to Scotland. He married Annabel Buchanan, daughter of Patrick, 14th Lord of Buchanan, and was granted the estate "Baldorran" from his cousin John Stewart Damby in 1457.[1][2] He is the ancestor of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich on Lochearnside, whose family history is recounted by Sir Walter Scott in A Legend of Montrose.[1][3]
  2. Murdoch Stewart, born c.1427 in Antrim, Ireland.[1]
  3. Arthur Stewart, born c.1429 in Antrim, Ireland.[1]
  4. Robert Stewart, born c.1433 in Antrim, Ireland.[1]
  5. Matilda Stewart, born c.1435 [1]
  6. Alexander Stewart, born c.1437 in Antrim, Ireland.[1]
  7. Andrew Stewart, 1st Lord Avondale. Born c.1438 in Antrim, Ireland. He became Lord of Avondale in 1459, and Lord Chancellor of Scotland in the same year, becoming one of the leading servants of King James III of Scotland. He held the office of Chancellor for 25 years, dying in 1488. He had no children.[1][2]

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_the_Fat

James Mor Stewart, called James the Fat, (Scottish Gaelic: Seamas Mór) (c. 1400–1429 or 1449) was the youngest son of Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany and Isabella of Lennox. When his father and brothers were executed by King James I for treason in 1425, James led a rebellion against the king, taking the town of Dumbarton and killing the keeper of Dumbarton Castle. His success was short lived and he soon fled to Ireland, where he would spend the remainder of his life in exile. A second attempt at rebellion in 1429 saw a fleet sail to Ireland to collect James "to convey him home that he might be king", but he died before the attempt could be made.

James's eldest son James "Beg" Stewart was able to secure a royal pardon and return to Scotland, and was the ancestor of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich on Lochearnside, whose family history is recounted by Sir Walter Scott in A Legend of Montrose. His youngest son Andrew Stewart, 1st Lord Avondale became Lord Chancellor of Scotland in 1459, becoming one of the leading servants of King James III of Scotland.

Little is known of James's life before the arrest of his father, the Duke of Albany, and his eldest son Alexander, for treason by King James I of Scotland on 21 March 1425, on the 9th day of the March parliament.[5] The family properties of Doune Castle and Falkland Palace were captured, and [5] Duke Murdoch and two of his sons were imprisoned and held pending trial. James soon became a rallying point for enemies of the King, raising a large rebellion against the crown. Initially at least, events moved in his favour. He received the support of his mother's supporters in the Lennox, and also from Fionnlagh MacCailein, Bishop of Argyll, a long-standing supporter of the Albany Stewarts.[5] James marched on the town of Dumbarton, burned it, and killed the keeper of the royal castle there, Sir John Stewart of Dundonald, who was the King's uncle.[6] However, the castle itself, commanded by John Colquhoun, successfully held out against James's men.[5]

Among other supporters were the Clan Galbraith, in particular the ninth chief James Galbraith of Culcreuch who joined Stewart's rebellion. As many as 600 members of the clan were forced to flee after the failure of the revolt, exiled to Kintyre and the Isle of Gigha, where they adopted the new name of MacBhreatneaich of M'Vretny ("son of the Briton") .

Escape to Ireland[edit] James the Fat's rebellion was quickly defeated. His father and brothers were found guilty of treason by a jury of knights and peers, and executed after a trial. At a stroke, almost all of James' family was wiped out. Only his mother, Isabella of Lennox survived the insurrection. Later in 1425, pursued by a royal expedition, James fled to Antrim, Ireland, accompanied by the illegitimate sons of his dead brother Walter of Lennox, to escape the King's justice. Few details of his escape survive but it seems likely that he sought assistance from the Campbells of Lochawe, to whom he was closely linked by blood and marriage.[8]

James the Fat would never return to his native Scotland. He remained an exile in Ireland until his death.[4][9] His widowed mother and sister remained in Scotland.

Claim to the throne; James Stewart was in line to claim the throne as sole surviving son of the Duke of Albany, half-brother to the late King Robert III.

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family

Sir James Mhor Stewart and his life-partner, the Lady MacDonald, never married, but they are believed to have had a family of seven children (another account gives seven sons and several daughters), although evidence of their children is unclear and conflicting. James remained an exile for the rest of his life and died in Ireland, however his son, James Beag Stewart was able to secure a royal pardon and return to Scotland. 1.James "Beg" Stewart (born c.1410–1470) was able to secure a royal pardon and return to Scotland. He married Annabel Buchanan, daughter of Patrick, 14th Lord of Buchanan, and was granted the estate "Baldorran" from his cousin John Stewart Damby in 1457.[1][2] He is the ancestor of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich on Lochearnside, whose family history is recounted by Sir Walter Scott in A Legend of Montrose.[1][3] 2.Murdoch Stewart, born c.1427 in Antrim, Ireland.[1] 3.Arthur Stewart, born c.1429 in Antrim, Ireland.[1] 4.Robert Stewart, born c.1433 in Antrim, Ireland.[1] 5.Matilda Stewart, born c.1435 [1] 6.Alexander Stewart, born c.1437 in Antrim, Ireland.[1] 7.Andrew Stewart, 1st Lord Avondale. Born c.1438 in Antrim, Ireland. He became Lord of Avondale in 1459, and Lord Chancellor of Scotland in the same year, becoming one of the leading servants of King James III of Scotland. He held the office of Chancellor for 25 years, dying in 1488. He had no children.[1][2]

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Sir James "Mór" Stewart of Albany & Baldorran's Timeline

1400
1400
Duke Murdoch's Castle, Loch Ard, Aberfoyle, Perthshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
1425
1425
Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland
1425
Scotland
1426
1426
Antrim, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
1430
1430
UK
1430
Antrim, Ireland
1451
May 18, 1451
Age 51
in exile, Antrim, Ireland
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Ireland