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Corona Virus Update

The Stewart Society is currently closed.  This will mean a delay in answering your emails but they will be dealt as soon as possible.

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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.

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 the Society is unable to have a normal award ceremony for the 2020/21 bursars however we are pleased to say that the Stewart Society Benevolent Fund will be awarding bursaries to the St Andrews Students as normal. 

If you are a student elsewhere and you wish to apply for a busary please email to discuss your application. Please note that, although bursaries are rarely granted on the grounds of hardship alone, hardship will be considered as a factor in any 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 winter newsletter has now gone out all members. If you have not received it the please contact the Secretary.

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.


Stewart Gathering 2021

It is planned to hold the Stewart Gathering 2021 at Abbotsford House on 3-5 September (Covid permitting of course). Further details in your newsletter or from the Secretary. 
Booking will open in the New Year.

The next meeting of the Council of Stewart Society

The meeting of the Council of the Stewart Society  will be held virtually on Monday 26th April 2021

Highland Games and other Scottish festivals

The New York Commissioner, Ann Stewart Burns and Stewarts from that area hope to represent Stewarts and the Society at the New York Tartan Parade on Saturday 10 April 2021, If you would like to join them (Covid-19 permitting of course) please contact Ann Stewart Burns via the officials page

Sadly most of the events planned for 2020 have had to be cancelled. 
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Maclean Burns Supper - cancelled

It is hoped that the Burns Supper of the Clan Maclean Society of England and Wales will be able to take place  5 February 2021
This event has been cancelled.


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, Researchers if you have an urgent query do get in touch I will try to help you 

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