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William Stewart

Also Known As: "1st of Lettir", "Royal Bailie of Balquhidder"
Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Balindoran, Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death: 1528 (69-77)
Balquhidder, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of James Beag Stewart 1st of Baldorran; James Beag Stewart; Annabella Buchanan and Annabel Stewart
Husband of Mariota Helen Stewart; Janet Buchanan and Mariot Campbell
Father of Walter Stewart; Janet Stewart of Lettir; Agnes Stewart; Walter Stewart, 3rd of Baldorran; John Stewart, 1st of Glenbuckie and 1 other
Brother of John Stewart; Matilda Stewart; Andrew Stewart, 1st of Gartnafuaran; Alexander Stewart, 1st Laird of Garroquhill and Patrick Stewart of Ardkinknockane

Occupation: Baillie of Balquhidder
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About William Stewart of Balquidder and Baldoran


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Sir William Stewart, 2nd of Baldorran, 1st of Lettir, and Royal Bailie of Balquhidder

Sir William STEWART , 2nd of Baldorran, 1st of Lettir, 1st Royal Bailie of Balquhidder b: ABT 1440 in Balindoran, Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Sir William Stewart seems to be the one most responsible for restoring his family to prosperity. His grandfather fled the country as a fugitive of the Crown. His father was born illegitimately but was able to return to Scotland where he was given the lands of Baldorran. But it appears to be Sir William who significantly expanded the family holdings to include parts of Upper Strathgartney and eventually most of Balquhidder. We note that when William's brothers were established in their estates each was styled as "brother of William Stewart of Baldorran" rather than "son of James Stewart of Baldorran", suggesting that James was already dead and that William was the head of the family and likely responsible for establishing his younger brothers in their properties. We note, significantly, that it was Sir William's younger brothers and sons who established all of the major cadet branches of Balquhidder (later Ardvorlich), Glenbuckie, Gartnafuaran, and Garchell.

Sir William inherited Baldorran sometime prior to his marriage, ca. 1484, and acquired the property of Lettir in Strathgartney by his marriage to Janet BUCHANAN, daughter of Archibald Buchanan of Lettir of Strongartney. Sir William is mentioned in a charter dated 1 MAY 1484: "Charter by Archibald Buchannane, laird of lands of Lettir, to William Stewart and Janet Buchannane, his spouse, granter's daughter, and specified heirs of lands of Lettir in lordship of Strongartnay, sheriffdom of Perth." (GD112/1/18) (Strongartney is on Loch Katrine in Strathgartney and is shown as "Strone" in the lower left corner of the map below.) The charter is followed on 17 MAY 1484 by an instrument of sasine: "Instrument of sasine propriis manibus given by Walter Buchquhanan of Tomboy ("Tombuie"), bailie in that part, for Archibald Buchquhanane, his brother, infefting William Stewart of Baldorane and Jonet Buchquhanane, his spouse, in lands of Lettir, following on [the preceding] charter." (GD112/1/19) And on 4 JUL 1493, "Charter by William Stewart of Baldorane and of Letter to Jonet Stewart, daughter of granter and Jonet Buchquhannane, his spouse, and specified heirs, of lands of Le Letter, in lordship of Strogarthnaa in sheriffdom of Perth." (GD112/1/27)

Sir William Stewart was appointed Royal Baillie of the Crown lands of Balquhidder sometime between 1484-1488. William held the townships listed in the Exchequer Rolls of 1488 (listed below). In the Exchequer Rolls of 1502-1515 Sir William and his eldest son, Walter, are confirmed as Crown tenants in the Balquhidder lands and the lands of Estir and Westir Duchraa (these lands were also known as Innerquhawawane and Glenmaan) and Blarbaith. The location of these lands has not been accurately identified, but they are described as forming "part of Glenfinglas" (Ardvorlich MSS). It is believed that Glenmaan is the same as Glean nam Meann, which lands encompass the sheiling lands north of Glenfinglas and south of Glenbuckie. In the portioning of Balquhidder which took place during the sixteenth century, the descendants of Sir William Stewart of Baldorran gained hereditary tacks of land.

Sir William held the Crown rentals for the following lands in Balquhidder, Strathyre and Glenfinglas. According to The Settlements of Western Perthshire, these lands were all small baile settlements or farm communities. There was nothing in Balquhidder at the time that would be as large as what we would think of as even a village today.

Sir William Stewart married firstly before 1 MAY 1484 to Janet BUCHANAN, daughter of Archibald Buchanan of Lettir of Strongartney.  They had the following daughters:
   Has No Children Janet STEWART , of Lettir b: ABT 1475 in Baldorran, Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland.  She was cited in a charter by William Stewart of Balindoran of the lands of Lettir in favour of Janet Stewart his daughter on 4 July, 1493 (presumably as a marriage dowry).  She married presumably about 1493 to John KINROSS , of Kippenross.
   Has No Children Agnes STEWART b: ABT 1477 in Baldorran, Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Sir William married secondly before 1498 to Marion Helen CAMPBELL, daughter of Colin Campbell, 1st of Glenorchy. They had the following children:

   Has Children Walter STEWART , 3rd of Baldorran, 2nd Bailie of Balquhidder, b: ABT 1480 in Baldorran, Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland.  His information is presented below.
   Has Children John STEWART , 1st of Glenbuckie b: ABT 1485 in Baldorran, Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland.  See Glenbuckie Page.
   Has No Children Mariote STEWART b: ABT 1490 in Baldorran, Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland.  Mariote's birth date and mother are uncertain.  She could be the daughter of William's first marriage.

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