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Jenn Scott, the Secretary has returned from furlough  but following Government guidance will continue to work mostly from home.
You can contact her via email or by call the Society and your call will be put through

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Having consulted with the Members of Council the President has decided, with much regret, to cancel the Annual Gathering of the Stewart Society scheduled to take place at Abbotsford 4—6 September 2020.

The Council will consider whether the Annual General Meeting of the Society scheduled for 5 September 2020 can take place on that date and, if so where and in what form, or whether the meeting should be postponed. Due notice will be given of any revised arrangements.



Publication of The Stewarts, the annual Stewart Society Magazine, has been postponed until September.

Shop open

The  online shop is open again with limited stock at present. 
Please note that orders may take a little longer than because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. 
 Online shop

St Andrews Bursars 2019/2020

We were very pleased to meet the St Andrews Bursars for 2019/20 in an informal ceremony on the 19th of November 2019 at the Student Union. The Stewart Society was represented in force,  from left to right - Aubyn Stewart-Wilson, the President, Lord Stewart, Lady Stewart and John Lansley.

If you are a student elsewhere and you wish to apply for a busary please email to discuss your application.


Members' Downloads

Available for download - is the Index of the Magazine volumes 1-21.  
The library catalogue and a list of the family trees and other family information that we hold are also available


The newletter  will be moving to an online only edition.  Please make sure that we have an  email address at which you can be reached for the current edition in the winter.   If you have news or articles for the next  edition please send them to Jenn at now 

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.


The next meeting of the Council of Stewart Society

The meeting of the Council of the Stewart Society scheduled for 30 April 2020 has been postponed until a date to be fixed later.

Highland Games and other Scottish festivals

Sadly most of the events planned for this year have had to be cancelled. 
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Library Visits

We would love to see you!   But please contact us in advance to make sure we will be in - Jenn sometimes works from home or has meetings etc.  Drop her an email on  or call 0131 2204512 - if you can do so  at least a day before you want to come 
Due the Corona Virus situation the library is currently closed, We wil let you know when it is possible to open the library again

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