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The annual magazine & summer newsletter are due out next week and will be sent out to all members. If you require extra copies of the magazine then it is £5 plus P&P. There are some copies of previous years available to buy at £3 or specific articles can be sent as pdfs or photcopes to members. Ask the Secretary about magazines.


The Stewart Society Gathering 9-11 August 2017 - book now!

Join us in Orkney in 2017. We will visit the palaces of the Stewart Earls of Orkney and the world heritage sites of Skara Brae and Maes Howe and much more - full details on the booking form.  Booking is now available online annual-gathering-booking-form. If you would like a paper form then email Jenn here or call 0131 2204512. The AGM of Stewart Society will also take place during the Gathering. Please book your accommodation now as Orkney gets very busy at this time of year.

The Stewart Highland Games 8th July 2017 - book now!

More family fun and games at Ballone Castle, Portmahomack, nr Tain, Beer tent, food, fun for all the family begins at 2pm £5 for adults and free for kids. Ceilidh & dinner at 7pm for members, their families & their friends £35 for a ticket. You can book now here. Check out the Galleries here for pictures of previous Games.

We would like to thank the Clan Fund & Anta for their support in making this event possible for another year. We hope to see lots of you there.


Inverness Highland Games -15th July

Stewart Society will have a stall in the clan tent here - come and say hello, join or renew your membership or pick up an extra magazine.

Bannockburn Genetic Genealogy Project

The University of Strathclyde have provided some very interesting results relating to individuals who share the same common ancestor - including Walter, the High Steward. Read more about the Bannockburn Genetic Genealogy Project and how to go about your own DNA test.

Marker for male line descendants of King Robert III (1337-1406):
The results of the Big Y test for a documented male line descendant of Sir John Stewart of Blackhall & Ardgowan, d. c.1412, an illegitimate son of King Robert III, have now been received and analysed. Alex Williamson, author of The Big Tree has identified a new SNP carried by this individual, which has been given the name ZZ52. Our two other Big Y test results, that is one for Earl Castle Stewart, a descendant of Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, and the other for a documented descendant of Sir John Stewart, Sheriff of Bute, do not carry this SNP. Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, and Sir John Stewart, Sheriff of Bute are both brothers of King Robert III. This means that ZZ52 must have occurred in Robert III or one of his male line descendants. In other words, ZZ52 is a distinct marker identifying descendants of Robert III.

New book on the Stewarts

Two Society members, ex- President Henry Steuart-Fothringham and Dr Charles Bradbury have written a book about the Stewarts.  Stewart Heritage is a fully-illustrated world guide to Stewart men and women past and present.
A modern pictorial history of Scots men and women and their descendants, at home and abroad, from the Middle Ages to the present day, as seen through the lives and achievements of Scotland’s most important family: the STEWARTS. The book can be ordered here Stewart Heritage book

We review books about Stewart/Stuart history or of interest to members (Jacobites, family history etc) in our annual magazine. If you have got a book you would like to have reviewed or advertise in the magazine for 2018 please get in touch with the Secretary

St Andrew's Stewart Bursars 2016/17

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The St Andrew's Bursars for the academic year 2016/17.

It was very good to meet the St Andrews Bursars for 2016/17 on Tuesday 15th November.2016

The Stewart Society Benevolent Fund supports Stewart students at St Andrew's University with a small grant each year.
Small grants may also be available for Stewart/Stuart students at other universities and institutions seeking to further their studies through travel, additional studies or other means.

Please apply for further details to the Secretary

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The next Council Meeting

The AGM of the Stewart Society will take place in Orkney on 10th of August .

The Stewart Society Library

The Society has an extensive library of books, artefacts and papers related to the Stuarts/Stewarts and Scottish history as well as genealogical research at our offices in George St, Edinburgh.

We would be very happy to see you here and the library is available to any member by appointment. Please let me know if you looking for anything in particular in advance so I can look it out! Make an appointment with the Secretary by email or call 0131 220 4512

Please note the office will be closed Monday & Tuesday 12 & 13th June for staff leave

Useful Links

Want help looking for your Stewart ancestors?

Try these links first. All helpfully gathered together in one place.  Updated regularly so keep checking

Family Lines - useful links

Want to know more about the real history of tartan? Who wore what and when? How the Stuarts used tartan to help them with the Jacobite cause?

The history of tartan