'Stewart09'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Stewart of Arthurlie, Stewart of Cassilton, Stewart of Castlemilk, Stewart of Fynart, Stuart of Torrance

The origins of this family were (allegedly !) deliberately obscured in a book published in 1798 by Andrew Stuart of Torrance called "A Genealogical History of the Stewarts". It is understood that Andrew Stuart was attempting to prove that the Stewarts of Castlemilk were the senior legitimate male branch of the Stewarts. To support this claim, he (so it is alleged) not only distorted the ancestry of the Garlies branch (which appears to be the true senior legitimate male branch) but also advanced the view that Sir William Stewart of Castlemilk, shown below as second of this family, was the same person as the William Stewart, son of Sir Alexander Stewart of Darnley by his second marriage, who died in 1429. It has been alleged (by supporters of the Garlies' claim) that this is wrong as the father of Sir William Stewart of Castlemilk has since been identified as a John. It should be noted that there remain supporters of Andrew Stuart's claim and that the truth of how this family fitted into the early Stewarts may never be proved conclusively.
Sir John Stewart of Castlemilk
1. Sir William Stewart of Castlemilk
  A. David Stewart of Fynart and Castlemilk (d before 1464)
B. Archibald Stewart of Castlemilk (d before 1467)
  i. William Stewart of Castlemilk (dspm 1470)
  C. Matthew Stewart of Fynart, Cassilton and Castlemilk (d 1474)
  i. William Stewart of Cassilton and Castlemilk (d 1496)
  m. (by 1466) Isabella (or Marion) Norvel, heiress of Cardonald (a 01.1511)
  a. Alexander Stewart of Castlemilk (d 1524)
  m. Margaret Stewart (dau of Sir Thomas Stewart, 1st of Minto)
  (1) Archibald Stewart of Fynart, Cassilton and Castlemilk (d 1543)
  m. (1528) Margaret Maxwell
(A) David Stewart of Castlemilk and Cassilton (d 1557)
  m. Janet Cunningham (dau of William Cuninghame, 2nd of Craigends)
  (i) Alan Stewart of Castlemilk (dsp 1557)
  (ii) Archibald Stewart of Castlemilk (d 1612)
  m. (1570) Janet Stewart (d 1613, dau of Sir John Stewart of Minto)
  (a) Sir Archibald Stewart of Fynnart and Cassilton (renamed Castlemilk) (d 12.01.1660)
m. (mcrt 08.06.1603) Anne Sempill (d 12.1631, dau of Robert Sempill, 4th Lord)
  ((1)) Archibald Stewart, younger of Castlemilk (dvp 05.1643)
  m. (14.02.1634) Mary Fleming (dau of John Fleming, 1st Earl of Wigtown)
  ((A)) Sir Archibald Stewart, 1st Bart of Castlemilk (d 1681)
  m. (mcrt 02.09.1665) Mary Carmichael (dau of Walter, Master of Carmichael)
  ((i)) Sir William Stewart, 2nd Bart of Castlemilk (d 11.1715)
  m. Margaret Crawford (d 28.03.1737, dau of John Crawford of Milton)
  ((a)) Sir Archibald Stewart, 3rd Bart of Castlemilk (d 05.01.1763)
  m. (04.1742) Frances Stirling (d 12.09.1757, dau of James Stirling of Keir and Calder)
  (((1))) son (d young)
  (((2))) Anne Stewart (d 26.12.1821)
m. Sir John Stewart, 5th Bart of Castlemilk (dsp 18.01.1797) @@ just below
  ((b)) Sir John Stewart, 4th Bart of Castlemilk (d 01.04.1781)
(sometime known as John Crawford of Milton)
  m. Helen Orr (d 17.05.1782, dau of John Orr of Barrowfield)
(((1))) Sir John Stewart, 5th Bart of Castlemilk (b c1740, dsp 18.01.1797)
  m. (c1770) Anne Stewart (his cousin) @@ just above
  (((2))) Jean Stewart (youngest dau)
  m. (03.11.1781) William Stirling of Keir and Calder (b 05.06.1725, d 22.05.1793)
  ((c)) John Stewart of Milton
  ((ii)) Daniel Stewart of Fettercairn (d 08.04.1708, 3rd son)
  m. Margaret Wishart (dau of Sir George Wishart, Bart of Cliftonhall)
  ((a)) Sir William Stewart of Colinton, Bart (dsp 12.1777, 3rd son)
  m. "a noble Venetian lady"
((b)) Mary Stewart (d 12.1739)
  m. John Belshes of Invermay
  (((1))) Emelia Stuart-Belshes (d 1807)
  m. (1752) William Belshes of Tofts (b c1717, d 10.1753)
  (((A))) Sir John Belshes-Wishart (dspm 05.12.1810), later known as Sir John Stuart, Bart of Fettercairn
m. (11.1775) Jane Leslie (b 01.04.1753, d 28.10.1829, dau of David Leslie-Melville, 6th Earl of Leven and Melville)
(((i))) Williamina Stuart (d 05.12.1810)
m. (1797) Sir William Forbes, 7th Bart of Pitsligo (b 21.12.1773, d 24.10.1828)
  ((c))+ other issue - George (d young), James (d young), Anna (d unm), Cordelia (d unm)
  ((iii)) Ann Stewart
  m. Sir William Ruthven-Cuninghame, 3rd Bart of Cuninghamhead (b c1665, dsp 10.1724)
  ((iv))+ other issue - Archibald, James
  ((B)) Anna Stewart
  m. (1667) John Craufurd, 16th of Craufurdland (d 1693)
In the article on the Craufurds in BLG1952, Anna is described as daughter of Sir Archibald Stewart of Castlemilk. The dates suggest that she was of this generation. BLG1952 (Stirling-Stuart) confirms that Archibald had a daughter.
  ((2)) James Stuart, 1st of Torrance
  m. Margaret Cuninghame (dau of Alexander Cuninghame, 4th of Corsehill)
  ((A)) Alexander Stuart, 2nd of Torrance (d 1733)
  m. Isabel Nisbet (dau of Patrick Nisbet of Dean)
  ((i)) James Stuart, 3rd of Torrance (d unm 1743)
  ((ii)) Patrick Stuart, 4th of Torrance (d unm 1760)
  ((iii)) Archibald Stuart, 5th of Torrance (7th son)
  m. Elizabeth Myreton (dau of Sir Andrew Myreton, Bart)
  ((a)) Alexander Stuart issue to be researched in due course
  m. (1768) Elizabeth Nisbet (dau of John Nisbet of Northfield)
((b)) Andrew Stuart of Craigthorn
  ((c)) James Stuart of Whiteriggs
  m. Margaret Home (dau of Hugh, Earl of Marchmont)
  ((d)) Jane Stuart (b by 1722, d 21.05.1808)
  Described in TSP (Dundonald) as daughter of James rather than Archibald Stuart of Torrance but TCP (Dundonald) confirms she was dau of Archibald & Elizabeth.
  m. (06.09.1744) Thomas Cochrane, 8th Earl of Dundonald (d 27.06.1778)
  ((e)) Isabel Stuart (d 16.08.1796)
  m1. George Mackenzie of Fairnie / Farnington
m2. Sir Robert Henderson, 4th Bart of Fordell (d 19.10.1781)
  ((f)) Anne Stuart (d unm)
  ((g)) Elizabeth Stuart
  m. William Binning of Polme
  ((iv)) Agnes Stuart
  m. Matthew Crawford
((v)) Margaret Stuart
  m. Alexander Inglis of Murdoston
  ((vi)) Christian Stuart
  m. Sir William Maxwell, 4th Bart of Calderwood (d 1750)
  ((vii))+ other issue (d young) - Alexander, William, Henry, son
  ((3)) Janet Stewart possibly of this generation
m. (mcrt 1629) John Hamilton of Udston (a 1648)
  (b) Janet Stewart
  m. Sir Matthew Stewart of Minto (Provost of Glasgow)
  (c) Elizabeth Stewart (d 07.1620) --
m. William Cuninghame, 6th of Craigends (d 07.1647) --
  (d) Jeane (not Helen) Stewart (d 10.1618) possibly of this generation
  m. Sir John Wallace of Cairnhill (a 1630)
  (e) another daughter
  (B) Margaret Stewart possibly of this generation, or 2 later?
  m. John Stewart of Ardgowan / Blackhall (d 1598)
  (C)+ other issue - Alexander, John
  (2) James Stewart
  b. John Stewart
  ii. John Stewart
  D. Walter Stewart of Arthurlie
  i. Walter Stewart of Arthurlie
  m. Janet Cameron
  a. Isabel Stewart --
  m. Sir Thomas Stewart of Minto (d 1500, Provost of Glasgow) --
  b. Elizabeth Stewart --
  m. William Cuninghame, 1st of Craigends (a 1479) --
2. Elizabeth Stewart --
  m. Sir Robert Lyle of Duchal (a 1444) --

Main source(s):
(1) For Stewart of Castlemilk : Crawfurd's Renfrewshire (section on the House of Stewart) with input & support from BLG1952 (Stirling-Stuart, formerly of Castlemilk)
(2) For Stuart of Torrance : 'The Baronage of Scotland' compiled by Sir Robert Douglas, Bart, published 1774
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