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Moray, Earl of (S, 1501 - 1545)


Creation: let.pat. 12 Jun 1501


Extinct: c. 1544/5


Family name: Stewart




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, three Cushions lozengeways within a Tressure flory counterflory;  2nd and 3rd, Or a Lion rampant within a Tressure flory counterflory Gules all debruised by a Baton sinister Sable.



James [Stewart], 1st Earl of Moray

illegitimate son of James IV, King of Scotland 1488-1513, by his mistress Janet Kennedy, 2nd dau. of John [Kennedy], 2nd Lord Kennedy, by his second wife Lady Elizabeth Hay, widow of Nicholas [Hay], 2nd Earl of Erroll, and dau. by his second wife of Alexander [Seton later Gordon], 1st Earl of Huntly


c. 1500


24 Aug 1529 Lady Elizabeth Campbell (mar. (2) betw. 21 Nov 1545 and 6 Aug 1546 as his first wife her first cousin once removed John [Gordon], 11th Earl of Sutherland; dsp. bef. 15 May 1548), 1st dau. of Colin [Campbell], 3rd Earl of Argyll, by his wife Lady Jean Gordon, 1st dau. by his first wife of Alexander [Gordon], 3rd Earl of Huntly

only child

1. Lady Mary Stewart (dsp.), mar. as his first wife John Stewart, Master of Buchan (dspm. and vp. 10 Sep 1547, being killed at the Battle of Pinkie), 1st son and heir ap. of John [Stewart], 3rd Earl of Buchan, by his wife Margaret Scrymgeour, dau. of James Scrymgeour of Dudhope, Constable of Dundee


s.p.s. c. 1544/5


12 Jun 1501 Earl of Moray


one of the few Scottish lords to survive the Battle of Flodden 1513; member of the Council 1522/3 and chief guardian of his nephew, the infant King James V; he supported the Regent Albany and the French interest; supported Queen Margaret and the Earl of Arran against the Earl of Angus 1524; Justice General in eyre 1526; King's Lieutenant in the North of Scotland 1530/1; Warden of the East and Middle Marches 1532; in France 1535 as the chief negotiator for the proposed marriage between the King and Marie de Bourbon; Sheriff of Aberdeen 1539-40; left the Court and moved to Moray about 1543 ; he left two illegitimate children by his mistress Marion Stewart: James, his son by Marion Stewart, and Elizabeth, who married John Stewart, Master of Buchan.


 First written 14 Oct 2011



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