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The AGM of The Stewart Society 2016 at Ballone Castle, nr Tain on 13th August

The Stewart Society at AGM at 11.30am , the friendly Stewart Highland Games in the afternoon and a lively ceilidh and dinner in the castle for society members and friends in the evening.

All welcome. If you require any details about accommodation or anything else in the local area please get in touch with Jenn by email or call (44) 0131 220 4512 during office hours. Book your accommodation now as it does get very busy in August.

Young people and family tickets available Buy your ticket now. Please get your bookings in as soon as possible to help with planning. Thank you.

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.


Paisley Abbey Conference

Conference to mark the 700th anniversary of the birth of Robert II, the 1st Stewart King on 10th September 2016

For more information and to book contact 0141 889 7654 or Paisley Abbey

Traquair House, nr Innerleithen

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016 - an exhibition

Exploring Traquair's association with Mary Queen of Scots

450 years ago in 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Traquair while on a hunting expedition in the Scottish Borders. More information on this exhibition here The queen's Captain

St Andrew's Stewart Bursars 2015/16

St Andrew's Stewart Bursars 2015/16

The St Andrew's Bursars for the academic year 2015/16 are shown here with Aubyn Stewart-Wilson, Robert Stewart of Blackhouse, Vice Principal of St Andrew's Laura Milne, Society President, Lachlan Stewart, Annie Stewart, Kim Stewart and David Stewart of Achara of the Stewart Society.

The Stewart Society Benevolent Fund supports Stewart students at St Andrew's University with a small grant each year.
Small grants may also be available for Stewart/Stuart students at other universities and institutions seeking to further their studies through travel, additional studies or other means.

Please apply for further details to the Secretary

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The next Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Council of the Stewart Society will be at Ballone Castle, Portmahomack on the 13th of August at 3.45pm

There will also be meetings of Heritage at 4.30 and Benevolent Trust at 5pm respectively.

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

Please note the office will be closed from Wednesday 6th of July until Monday 11th due to staff leave and on Wednesday 13 July until Tuesday 19 July because of the Stewart Gathering in France.

Useful Links

Looking for your Stewart ancestors? Try these links first. All helpfully gathered together in one place

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