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The Stewart Gathering 2019

 We are very happy to be going to Elgin in 2019 for our Gathering  on 7-9 September. You and your friends and family are most welcome to join us there for an excellent weekend celebrating our Stewart Heritage.  For more information and to book the Stewart Gathering 2019 or contact the office for a booking form. 

 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.

Gordon Stewart Piping Composition Competition

The Stewart Society, in conjunction with our partner organisation, Fèis Rois, would like to invite entries for a pipe tune competition. We are inviting composers to write a pipe tune that is inspired either by someone who bears the name Stewart or by some aspect of Stewart history.
The competition closes on the 30th of June and the judges decision is final   You may submit one entry only 

There is a prize of £500 and you would be invited to join the Stewarts at their Gathering in Elgin in September to play the winning composition. For more information and an entry form, contact  The Secretary . 

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.

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

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.


Commemoration of the Battle of Glen Shiel 1719 7-9 June 2019

Organised by the Association of Highland Clans and Societies, the Clan MacKenzie Society and the 1745 Association(limited places) 
Friday guided visit to Culloden & Moy  Friday evening - speakers - The Early Jacobite Risings in context 
Saturday -  Kintail Day & Commemoration of Glenshiel 
Saturday evening  Ceilidh - there are still some tickets for this do get in touch if you would like to come !
Sunday - Kirking of the tartan.  The first in Scotland for 10 years 

Please get in touch if you have not received a booking form and you would like one.  The closing date for this is very soon.   Join for all or part of the event 
If you want to come you must book now get in touch on

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