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The Society’s office and library are shut from 6 April 2020 for the duration of the Corona Virus/ Covid-19 Lockdown.

Guthrie Stewart, member of Council, is undertaking the duties of Honorary Secretary during the Lockdown. Guthrie will deal with email correspondence. All postal correspondence addressed to the Society’s office will be forwarded to Guthrie. All phone calls will be diverted to Guthrie’s phone. For the duration it would be helpful if correspondence is restricted to essential matters.

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Having consulted with the Members of Council the President has decided, with much regret, to cancel the Annual Gathering of the Stewart Society scheduled to take place at Abbotsford 4—6 September 2020.


A full refund is hereby offered to members who have already paid to attend the Annual Gathering. Please contact the Honorary Secretary at


The Council will consider whether the Annual General Meeting of the Society scheduled for 5 September 2020 can take place on that date and, if so where and in what form, or whether the meeting should be postponed. Due notice will be given of any revised arrangements.



Publication of The Stewarts, the annual Stewart Society Magazine, has been postponed until September.


Annual Memberships are due for renewal now.

Renew your membership or join here

The London Dinner 2020

This event is postponed until 2021 due to Corona Virus 

Book your ticket here

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.


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


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

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.


The next meeting of the Council of Stewart Society

The meeting of the Council of the Stewart Society scheduled for 30 April 2020 has been postponed until a date to be fixed later.

Culloden Service

This has been cancelled due to the ban on Mass Gatherings
Please do not go Culloden.  All NTS properties are closed and the Scottish Government is calling for people to suspend all unnecessary travel.

AHCS lecture - cancelled

This is cancelled. We hope to have this interesting lecture later in the year or next year when it is appropriate 

Highland Games and other Scottish festivals

This has been cancelled.

Would you like to represent the Stewart Society and Stewarts at New York's famous Tartan Day on Saturday 4 April? The Stewarts are marching along 6th Avenue in the parade. To join in please contact the Society 's New York commissioner,  Ann Stewart Burns

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 
Due the Corona Virus situation the library is currently closed, We wil let you know when it is possible to open the library again

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