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The annual magazine & summer newsletter are out and have been sent out to all members. If you require extra copies of the magazine then it is £5 plus P&P or you can pick an extra copy up from the office.There are some copies of previous years available to buy at £3 or specific articles can be sent as pdfs or photocopies 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. Non- members are very welcome also. Please contact Jenn

The Stewarts at the Tattoo on 18th August

Tickets and security armbands should be on their way to you now if you bought your tickets throught the clan link - if you didn't and you want to join the clan on their march in. Please let Jenn know now. Everyone who has let Jenn know that they are coming to the Tattoo will get a mailing about what is happening later this week.

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 http://www.ytree.net/ 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.

Gordon Stewart memorial composition competition

The Trustees of the Benevolent Fund would like to thank Feis Rois for all their help with the competition and getting together an expert panel of judges. The Trustees are happy to announce that the winner is Graham Mackenzie who will receive his prize at the Stewart Highland Games at the weekend.

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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Genetic genealogy and the Stewarts

Our Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project has involved DNA testing of male Stewarts. Current outcomes -

  • Distinct marker identified for descendants of King Robert III
  • Distinct marker identified for descendants of Sir John Stewart, Sheriff of Bute

If you are a male Stewart, DNA testing can tell if you descend from these individuals, or alternatively from Sir John Stewart of Bonkyl.
With more testees and further research, even more can be discovered about which branches of the Stewarts our present day families descend from.

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Events

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 on Monday 24th July.

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