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Duke of Albany
(30) ALEXANDER STEWART, second son of JAMES II, King of Scotland, born about 1454, styled Earl of March and Lord of Annandale in 1455, and before 1458 DUKE OF ALBANY (S.).
In 1479 he and his brother, the Earl of Mar (13 d) were arrested by their brother, King James III. The Earl died in prison, but the Duke escaped to France.
Returning about 1483 he was created Earl of Mar and Garioch (S.), but in that year was forfeited, as he had placed his castle of Dunbar in the hands of the English.
He invaded Scotland, but was defeated near Lochmaben 1484, and again fled to France, where he died in 1485.
In an Act of Parliament after his death he is referred to as "Duke_of_Albany,_ Earl_of_March,_Mar_and_Garioch,_Lord_of_Annandale_and_Man" (S.).
His first marriage was dissolved on account of propinquity of blood, but by the lady he had a son :-
(a) Alexander, Moray, declared illegitimate, who became Bishop of and died 1534, leaving four sons :
(2) Alexander of Pitcairnie, Archdeacon of Lothian.
(3) Alexander (second) of Pitcairnie.
By his second wife he had a son
(b) John Stewart, styled Duke of Albany. Appointed Regent of Scotland 1515. Died without legitimate issue 1536.
Arms of John, Duke of Albany, on Seals, same as his father (Laing and Macdonald).
Arms: of Alexander, Duke of Albany, on Seal, 1473.-I. Scotland. 2. A lion rampant within a bordure charged with eight roses (Dunbar or March). 3. Three legs armed and spurred and conjoined at the thighs in ftss (Man). 4. A saltire and chief (Annandale). SUPPORTERS: Two bears muczled, collared and chained (Laing).
Lindsay shows these Arms.-i. Scotland. 2. Red, a silver lion rampant within a silver bordure charged with eight red roses. 3. Red, three legs in armour conjoined in fess proper´ spurred gold. 4. Gold, a saltire and chief red.