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The Stewart Gathering 2020

The Stewart Gathering 2020 will be on 4-6 September and will be based in Borders at Sir Walter Scott's house of  Abbotsford, near Melrose. We will visit some of the many beautiful Stewart houses and sites in the Borders.  Further details and booking will be available very soon . Save the Date

You can see previous Gatherings in our photo gallery.  New photos of the most recent Gatherings in St Andrews 2018 and Elgin 2019 will be added very soon.  If you have any that you are happy to share  please send them to the Secretary

Stewart Society Office Closure

Please note that due to staff leave the office and library at 53 George St, Edinburgh will be closed on Friday 6th and Monday 9th of December 

Christmas Presents!

Why not  not buy a  Stewart Society tie  or Stewart Society mug  as stocking fillers this year?

Want something cosier?   What about a  Long sleeved t-shirt ?

Get your orders in early  - we recommend to ensure that  your parcel reachs the USA/New Zealand or Australia  by international standard mail for Christmas  then the last posting date is Wednesday 11th December 

We can post up to Friday 20th December in the UK 


St Andrews Bursars 2019/2020

We were very pleased to meet the St Andrews Bursars for 2019/20 in an informal ceremony on the 19th of November 2019 at the Student Union. The Stewart Society was represented in force,  from left to right - Aubyn Stewart-Wilson, the President, Lord Stewart, Lady Stewart and John Lansley.

If you are a student elsewhere and you wish to apply for a busary please email to discuss your application.



The newletter  will be moving to an online only edition.  Please make sure that we have email address at which you can be reached for the next edition in the winter.   If you have news or articles for the autumn/winter edition please send them to Jenn at now 

Members' Downloads

Available for download - is the Index of the Magazine volumes 1-21.  
The library catalogue and a list of the family trees and other family information that we hold are also available

Copley Portraits

These magnificent portraits of Duncan Stewart of Ardsheal and Appin and his wife, Anne Erving by John Singleton Copley are now on loan to Scone Palace, Perth and can be seen there in the Ambassador's room.

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.


Library Visits

We would love to see you!   But please contact us in advance to make sure we will be in - Jenn sometimes works from home or has meetings etc.  Drop her an email on  or call 0131 2204512 - if you can do so  at least a day before you want to come 

The next meeting of the Council of Stewart Society

will be on the 30th of April 2020 

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