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Office Closure

Please note that our Secretary and archivist sometimes  may be working from home.  Please check before visiting to avoid disappointment

The office will be closed for staff leave from 13th -20th November 2018

The Stewart Gathering 2019

After a very successful Gathering this year in St Andrews, we are happy to announce that the 2019 Gathering will be held on the weekend beginning Friday the 6th of September in Elgin, Moray.  To register your interest please email the Secretary on

The secreatary also has suggestions for accommodation. We have reserved some rooms at the Royal Hotel  contact them directly to make your booking.

You can see previous Gatherings in our photo gallery.

St Andrews Bursars


We were very pleased to meet the St Andrews Bursars for 2018/19 in an informal ceremony on the 6th of November 2018 at the Student Union.  The Stewart Society was represented in force, by the President. Geordie Burnett Stuart (centre) , John Lansley,  Lord Stewart (to the right of the picture); on the President's left, Lady Stewart and Aubyn Stewart-Wilson.

The London Dinner 16th May 2019 - put the date in your dairy

The London Dinner of the Stewart Society will be on the 16th of May 2019 at the Caledonian Club.  We are very lucky to have Dr Ackerman as our speaker. She is the Reader in early modern English Literature at Leiden University and a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain (OUP), and of The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (OUP), the third and final volume of which will be published in 2020, and is currently writing the definitive biography of Elizabeth Stuart, again for Oxford University Press.
You will be able to book online very soon 




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.

The Stewarts

The annual magazine & summer newsletter are out.  We apologse and due to an error in type setting.  Peter Pinniski's fascinating article is not all it should be.  To correct  that we have made a correct version available in the members' download section on the website so you can download it and read it. 
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 (not all years please check) or specific articles can be sent as pdfs or photocopies to members and interested researchers. There may be a small charge for postage to non-members. Ask the secretary about magazines.
Pictures (of the Gathering, your Stewart events and so on), family annoucements, book reviews and articles are welcome for both the next Newsletter - out in November/December 2018 and the magazine out in May 2019

Members' Downloads

Available for download - is the Index of the Magazine volumes 1-19.  Further volumes will be coming soon 
The library catalogue and a list of the family trees and other family information that we hold are also available


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.


Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is on Tuesday 30th of April 2019.  The 2018 report to the Council is now available on members' download page.

The AGM is on the 7th of September 2019.  


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

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