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Methven, Lord (S, 1528 - 1580)


Creation: let.pat. 17 Jul 1528


Extinct: c. 1580


Family name: Stewart




Quarterly: 1st, Or a Lion rampant within a Double Tressure flory counterflory Giles (Scotland);  2nd, Or a Fess chequy Azure and Argent with a Label of three point Gules in chief (Stewart);  3rd, Argent a Saltire between four Roses Gules (Lennox);  4th, Or a Lion rampant Gules (Fife), en surtout an Escutcheon Gules charged with a Lion rampant holding in his forepaw a Tower Argent (Lordship of Methven)


A Tower Argent


Dexter: A Dragon Vert; Sinister: A Greyhound Argent





Henry [Stewart], 1st Lord Methven, PC

2nd son of Andrew [Stewart], 1st Lord Avandale, by his wife Margaret Kennedy, sister of David [Kennedy], 1st Earl of Cassillis, and 4th dau. of John [Kennedy], 2nd Lord Kennedy, by his second wife Lady Elizabeth Gordon, 2nd dau. of Alexander [Seton later Gordon], 1st Earl of Huntly


c. 1495-1500

mar. (1)

bef. 2 Apr 1528 as her third husband Margaret, Queen Dowager of Scotland (b. 28 Nov 1489; widow of (1) James IV, King of Scotland, and (2) Archibald [Douglas], 6th Earl of Angus; d. 8 Oct 1541; bur. in the Carthusian Monastery of St John in Perth), 1st dau. of Henry VII, King of England, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Plantagenet, 1st dau. of Edward IV, King of England

mar. (2)

bef. 4 Nov 1544 Janet Kennedy (widow of (1) Hon Alexander Gordon, Master of Sutherland, 1st son and heir ap. of Lady Elizabeth Sutherland, suo jure Countess of Sutherland, by her husband and second cousin Adam Gordon of Aboyne, later jure uxoris Earl of Sutherland, 2nd son of George [Gordon], 2nd Earl of Huntly, by his second wife the Princess Annabella, 6th dau. of James I, King of Scotland, and (2) Sir Hugh Kennedy of Girvanmains; mar. (4) after 9 Apr 1557 as his second wife Patrick [Ruthven], 3rd Lord Ruthven), 1st dau. of John [Stewart], 2nd Earl of Atholl, by his wife Lady Janes Campbell, 3rd dau. of Archibald [Campbell], 2nd Earl of Argyll

children by second wife

1. Hon Henry Stewart, later 2nd Lord Methven

1. Hon Janet Stewart, legitimated 1551 (dsp), mar. 14 Oct 1551 as his first wife her second cousin Colin [Campbell], 6th Earl of Argyll

2. Hon Jean Stewart, legitimated 1551, mar. after 17 Aug 1560 Patrick Wood of Bonnytoun

3. Hon Margaret Stewart. legitimated 1551 (d. 1 Jan 1627), mar. (1) bef. 9 Mar 1566/7 her cousin Hon Andrew Stewart, Master of Ochiltree (dvp. before 10 Sep 1578), 1st son and heir ap. by his first wife of Andrew [Stewart], 2nd Lord Ochiltree, and (2) Uchtred Macdowall of Garthland, and had issue by her first husband

4. Hon Dorothea Stewart, legitimated 1551 (d. after Aug 1605), mar. 17 Aug 1561 William [Ruthven], 1st Earl of Gowrie, and had issue


soon after 10 Oct 1551


17 Jul 1528 Lord Methven

suc. by

son by second wife


he is said to have married firstly "the Lady Leslie" who must have died or been divorced before his marriage to the Queen Dowager;  Treasurer and Lord Chancellor of Scotland 1524;  Privy Councillor [S] 1545 ; an Extra Lord of Session 1546


Henry [Stewart], 2nd Lord Methven, PC


bef. his parents' marriage but with his sisters legitimated subsequently in 1551


Hon Jean Ruthven (mar. (2) after 3 Oct 1573 as his second wife Andrew [Leslie], 5th Earl of Rothes; dspms. Sep 1591), 4th dau. of his stepfather Patrick [Ruthven], 3rd Lord Ruthven, by his first wife Janet Douglas, said to be illegit. dau. of Archibald [Douglas], 6th Earl of Angus


1. Hon Henry Stewart, later 3rd Lord Methven

1. Hon Dorothea Stewart, mar. John Stewart of Campsie, son of Alexander Stewart of Brighouse


3 Mar 1571/2

suc. by



present at the Convention of Estates 1569 and the Convention on the Regency 1570; Privy Councillor [S] 1571; killed accidentally by a cannon-shot from Edinburgh Castle


Henry [Stewart], 3rd Lord Methven



his second cousin twice removed ..... Stewart, dau. of Henry Stewart of Killinan, 2nd son of Hon James Stewart of Bothwellmuir, sometime Earl of Arran (by his wife Lady Elizabeth Stewart, 1st dau. of John [Stewart], 4th Earl of Atholl, by his first wife Lady Elizabeth Gordon, 3rd dau. of George [Gordon], 4th Earl of Huntly), 2nd son by his first wife of Andrew [Stewart], 2nd Lord Ochiltree


s.p. about 1580


On the death of the 3rd Lord Methven the Lordship of Methven became extinct.


 First written 13 Mar 2012



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