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Sir Alexander of Derneley
(84) SIR ALEXANDER OF DERNELEY, left several sons
a) Sir John JOHN , Sir John of Derneley.
b) William, an "Escuyer," who fell with his brother, Sir John, near Orleans in 1429.
Note.-The Stuarts of Castlemilk and their cadets of Arthurley, Craigs, Fettercairn, Finnart, and Torrence claimed to be descended from him, but the descent cannot be proved. As the male line is extinct, I mention the family here. Archibald Stuart of Castlemilk was created a Baronet 1668, but the title became extinct on the death of the fifth Baronet, 1797. Daniel Stuart, younger son of the first Baronet, was father of Sir Wm. Stuart, who succeeded to the Wishart Baronetcy, but died without issue.
Arms: of Matthew Stuart of Castlemilk on detached Seal.A bend charged with a star in chief and surmounted by a fess chequy (Macdonald). Arms recorded 1672-77.Gold, a red bend surmounted by a fess chequy blue and silver. CREST: A right hand holding a sword proper. MOTTO: "Avant" (Lyon Register). [Plate IV., fig. 60.] (See 279).
Arms: of Stuart of Torrence as recorded 1673.-As Castlemilk, but with red crescent in sinister chief (Lyon Register). [Above left]
Arms: In 1879 Harrington-Stuart of Torrence, Lanarkshire, recorded: 1 and 4. Stuart af Torrence as above. 2 and 3. Black, a silver fret. CREST: A right hand grasping a sword proper. MOTTO: "Avant" (Lyon Register).
c) Alexander, of Torbane and Galleston, ancestor of the Stewarts of Drumlay, Halrig, Raiss, and Shawood. Arms: of Stewart of Halrig.-Gold, a fess chequy blue and silver, in base a black bugle (Burke).
d) Robert, ancestor of the Stewarts of Barscube, Binnie, and Milton. Arms: of Stewart of Binnie, recorded 1880.-Gold, a fess chequy blue and silver between a red mullet in chief and a black hunting horn in base garnished and stringed red. CREST: A right hand holding a dagger, point downwards, proper. MOTTO: "Candide" (Lyon Register). [Plate IV., fig. 62.]
Arms: of M´Arthur-Stewart of Milton, recorded 1775.-1 and 4. Blue, a silver Maltese cross between three gold antique crowns. 2 and 3. Gold, a fess chequy blue and silver within a black bordure charged with eight silver mascles. CREST: A greyhound couchant between two branches of bay proper. MOTTO: "Fide_et_opera" (Lyon Register). [Plate IV., fig. 63.]
Note-The Earl of Galloway claims that Sir Alexander of Darnley had a second son named William (of Jedworth and the Forest), who was his ancestor in the male line. (See Galloway, page 68.)