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AGM of the Stewart Society on 13th August 2016

The New President of the Stewart Society , Geordie Burnett Stewart was confirmed at the AGM held on Saturday 13th of August at Ballone Castle. Lord Stewart is the new Vice President of the Society. Lachie Stewart stepped down as President after a very successful three years.

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM, the games in the afternoon and the dinner and ceilidh in the evening. Another amazing Ballone Gathering - thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it a perfect event!.

Geordie has confirmed that next year's Stewart Gathering will be held in Orkney at the start of August (the exact date will be confirmed in a few weeks). There are a great many Stewart links in Orkney and some magnificient archaelogy there so we look forward to seeing you there next year.

If you have any pictures from the AGM that you are happy to share please email them to Jenn on

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.


Paisley Abbey Conference

Conference to mark the 700th anniversary of the birth of Robert II, the 1st Stewart King on 10th September 2016 For more information and to book contact 0141 889 7654 or Paisley Abbey

Traquair House, nr Innerleithen

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016 - an exhibition

Exploring Traquair's association with Mary Queen of Scots

450 years ago in 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Traquair while on a hunting expedition in the Scottish Borders. More information on this exhibition here The queen's Captain

St Andrew's Stewart Bursars 2015/16

St Andrew's Stewart Bursars 2015/16

The St Andrew's Bursars for the academic year 2015/16 are shown here with Aubyn Stewart-Wilson, Robert Stewart of Blackhouse, Vice Principal of St Andrew's Laura Milne, Society President, Lachlan Stewart, Annie Stewart, Kim Stewart and David Stewart of Achara of the Stewart Society.

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 next meeting of the Council of the Stewart Society will be in April 2017 at The Stewart Society, 53 George St, Edinburgh

There will be meetings of Heritage & Benevolent the same day.

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 on the 16th and 19th August for annual leave

Useful Links

Looking for your Stewart ancestors? Try these links first. All helpfully gathered together in one place

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