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The Stewarts

The 2023 edition of the Stewarts has now gone out in the post to everyone that was a member in December 2023.  It can also be accessed on the members' downloads part of the website.

For this year’s edition of The Stewarts, 2024, contributions or ideas for contributions should be submitted by 1 March 2024.
Contributions to The Stewarts are welcome on all topics with a Stewart/ Stuart/ Steuart connection— family histories, family trees and family research; prominent characters in the past and in the present day; places, buildings, works of art, objects, literature, folklore, music and tartans; historical events and historic anniversaries. Both academic and non-specialist articles are accepted.
Before sending your article, please  contact the editor to check suitability, technical details and length— something in the range 750 to 2,000 words is ideal. Longer pieces may be split into instalments over two or more
issues. Short pieces of 50 to 200 words are always welcome as“ fillers”.


It's time to renew your membership. 
Annual membership is from January to December each year. The easiest way to do it is here on the website. Contact the Secretary if you are not sure if you need to do or if you would like to set up a standing order or pay directly into our bank account.  

You can now pay for your membership by PayPal.

If you are not a member and you are just browsing our website please join us - we welcome members from all over the world.  You can join here

Would you like to give  a gift membership  to another Stewart? 

Email the Secretary  and she can arrange for a certificate to be emailed to you.


The Stewart Society is 125 years old!

Join us to celebrate our birthday this year at the Stewart Society Gathering on the 28/29 September 2024.

More details and booking in February.

Office Closure

The Office will be closed Monday 19  to Friday 23 February 2024. 


St Andrews University Bursary

Are you a Stewart/Stuart  undergraduate at St Andrews University?   We look forward to meeting you on Monday 18 March at Beacon Bar in the Students' Association.  Don't forget your gown!
If you have any questions then email the Secretary, Jenn Chamberlain

If you are a Stewart/Stuart student at another university then the Benevolent Trust may give  small grants to aid your studies or relevant extra curricular activities. Examples in the past have been to help with time abroad for language students, attendance at conferences, attendance a prize giving for a prize winner, training for a award winning athelete.  
Please contact the Secretary, Jenn Chamberlain for further details. 


We  welcome contributions from members to our newsletters  - please send anything to the  Secretary.  The next newsletter will be out in Spring 2024.

Membership Certificate

Looking for a different present for a significant birthday, Stewart wedding or anniversary? Why not get a membership certificate?

You can order them here -Order your certificate here
Please note it can take our lovely calligrapher a little while to write them, so please be patient!

Please note it is now too late to order one in time for Christmas 


We are looking for members who can attend Highland Games and other events, welcome new people to the Society and recruit new members. 

Do you live in : - 

Oklahoma Arkansas Louisiana, Mississippi?

USA North West and Central?

Ohio-Pennsylvania & West Virginia?

London or the South-East of England?

We are looking for  Commissioners to represent the Society in those places - if you are interested please contact the Commissioners' secretary - John Lansley -  email John here

 We would also welcome throughout the UK members to attend Highland Games and other events  to represent the Society and  recruit new members in 2024.

Contact Jenn to discuss - email Jenn here


The Trustees of the Benevolent Fund are:-

Lord Stewart (2020) 

Earl of Moray (2021),

Annie Stewart (2021),

Jamie Stewart ygr of Ardvorlich (2022)

Geordie Burnett Stuart of Crichie (2022)


The Trustees of the Heritage Trust are:-

Earl of Moray (Chair, 2020),

Lachlan Stewart (2021),

Charles Steuart Fothringham (2022)

and Catherine Maxwell Stuart of Traquair 2021).


The 2022 Accounts are available on the members' downloads.


Newsletter by email

Do you get your newsletter by post?  Have you considered receving it by email? 
You can read it any time on any device you like and at time when postage grows ever more expensive save the Society a little money. 
If you would like to make a donation to help with postage or any other adminstration costs  to the  Stewart Society then you can do so here.  The Stewart Society is not a charity.


2024 Gathering and AGM

Come and celebrate our 125th birthday at our Stewart Society Gathering in Stirling
Booking will open soon.

Wanted - An Hon Editor of the Magazine

Responsible for the overall look and content of the magazine. The editor is ex-officio a member of the Council of the Society Council and can attend meetings. If you are interested expressions of interest please to the Secretary, Jenn Chamberlain

Highland Games and other events

This list will be updated as we are notified of other events.

Tartan Day Parade , New York Saturday 6 April 2024 - contact Ann Stewart Burns, Commissioner if you want to take part.

Brigadoon Annual Highland Gathering , Bundanoon Games, 6 April. 2024  Our Commissioner, Cameron Stewart will be there at the Stewart Society Clan tent

Culloden Anniversary Service, Culloden  Saturday, 13 April 2024; 10:30 am for 11am - contact the Secretary if you want to take part and represent the Stewarts.

Gordon Castle Highland Games 19th May 2024 (TBC)

Medieval Fair, Traquair House, Saturday and Sunday 24 & 25 May 2024 - the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, orginally a hunting lodge for the Kings of Scotland and a Stuart house since the 1490s. 

Parade and Greenville Highland Games, Greenville, SC 24 & 25 May 2024 - our Commissioner Jack Stewart will be there why not join him?

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games 20th July 2024 (TBC)

Library Visits

Pease note we are unable to open the library from Thursday 14 December until further notice due to circumstances beyond our control. 

We are pleased to say that  we welcome visits to the Stewart Society again  by members, researchers and Stewarts/Stuarts on  Mondays and Wednesdays  Please email Jenn to check she is available. There is not normally anyone available on Friday.

You can also get in touch  with Jenn and ask her advice on your research or see if she can find a particular article or book via email. Please be patient as Jenn is not in the office all the time so it may take a few days to answer a query or find something you are looking for.
 Researchers if you have an urgent query do get in touch and Jenn will try to help you 

Council of the Stewart Society

The next meeting of the  Council of the Stewart Society  will be  Tuesday 23 April 2024 at 53 George St, Edinburgh.
The meetings of Benevolent Fund and Heritage Trust will also take place that day.
Papers will be sent to all members and trustees.

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