Clan Stuart of Bute

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Welcome to Clan Stuart of Bute

Clan Team

Clan Stuart of Bute Team
Team Leader Allan Stuart
Team Members Beth Golden
Clan Chief: John Colum Crighton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute. Chief of the Clan Stuart of Bute.
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Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Stuart of Bute together with members bearing the name Stuart of Bute, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Stuart of Bute.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Stuart of Bute on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Stuart of Bute



Clan History

Clan Branches

Other Names Associated with the Clan

Allied Clans

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Clan Research and Free Space Pages

Source Material

Image Credits and Acknowledgements

  • A special thank you to Allan Stuart for his dedication and contributions to the Clan Stewart research included here.

Information below this line should be summarized and incorporated into this Team page. Detailed information should be moved to additional Clan pages.

Clan Stuart of Bute

Clan Chief: John Colum Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute.

Motto: Nobilis Est Ira Leonis (The Lions anger is noble)

Region: Western Isles of Scotland; Isle of Bute

Gaelic name: Stiùbhard)

Names associated with the clan: Ballantyne, Bannatyne, Caw, Fullarton, Fullerton, Glass, Hunter, Jameson, Jamieson, Lewis, Loy, Maccaa, Maccammie, Maccaw, Macclouis, Maccloy, Maccurdy, Macelheran, Mackerron, Mackirdy, Maclewis, Macmune, Macmurtrie, Malloy, Milloy, Munn, Neilson, Sharp, Sharpe

Clan Membership

Modern: You can apply for membership at The Stewart Society if you are interested in being a recognized member of the House of Stewart. For WikiTree purposes, this is not required. For the Scottish Clans Team purposes, you are considered a member of the Clan if your surname is Stuart or any of its known variants, as set out by the Court of Lord Lyon. As such, you may request to have a sticker for Clan Affiliation to place on your profile. Contact the Scottish Clans Team Leader to request your sticker.

Historic: Your ancestors may be included as a member of Clan Stuart if they have the surname Stuart, or any of its known variants. On occasion, an ancestor may have decided to pledge their allegiance to another Clan. If you have source documentation to show this and it is included in the profile's biography, a non-Stuart clan member may be added.

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Clan Stuart of Bute

Recognised by the office of the Lord Lyon as an independent Clan, The Stuarts of Bute are descended from Sir John Stewart, born between 1345 and 1390. Sir John Stewart was the son of Robert II of Scotland and was known as ‘The Black Stewart’ (either for his dark complexion or because his brother, John of Dundonald was known as ‘The Red Stewart’).

The lands of Bute, Arran and Cumbrae were made into a county by Robert III and Sir John was made hereditary sheriff to the lands, as set out in a Royal Charter of 1400.

James Stewart, Laird[1] of Kilcattan, was sheriff of Bute between 1445 and 1449, being succeeded by his brother William, who was also keeper of Brodick Castle on Arran.

William’s grandson was Ninian Stewart, inheriting the position of sheriff and also being created hereditary captain and keeper of the royal Castle of Rothesay in 1498. The honour is still held by the family and is represented in the Coat of Arms.

In 1539, Ninian Stewart was succeeded by his son James Stewart, who was in turn succeeded by his son John Stewart in 1570. John was Commissioner for Bute as well as being sheriff, attending Parliament in Edinburgh in this capacity. Around 1575 the family adopted the French spelling of the name ‘Stuart’, which was introduced by Mary, Queen of Scots.

In 1627 Sir James Stuart of Bute was made a Baronet of Nova Scotia by Charles I.

His grandson, also Sir James Stuart of Bute was made a Privy Councilor in the reign of Queen Anne and became Earl of Bute, Viscount Kingarth and Lord Mount Stuart, Cumra and Inchmarnock in 1703. He was later made Commissioner for Trade and Police in Scotland, Lord Lieutenant of Bute and a lord of the bedchamber. In 1715 he was commander of the Bute and Argyll militia at Inveraray.

Arms of the Marquis of Bute.

The third Earl of Bute, John Stuart, was friend and tutor to Prince George. When the prince became George III, John was made a Privy Councillor and First Lord of the Treasury. In 1763 he finalised a treaty with France, bringing the Seven Year’s War to an end.

In 1794 John Stuart became the 1st Marquis of Bute.

John Stuart 2nd Marquis of Bute.
John Stuart's heir, Viscount Mount Stuart died young so the Title of Marquis passed to his grandson son John Crichton-Stuart who became Earl of Bute in 1792 and later 2nd Marquess of Bute. He went on to develop the docklands in Cardiff and after the Bute Docks opened in 1839, Cardiff became the world’s largest coal port.

The 3rd Marquess, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart worked with the architect William Burgess on the extensive restoration of Castle Coch and Cardiff Castle.

The 7th Marquess and current Chief[2] is John Colum Stuart who currently calls himself Johnny Bute (AKA known as Johnny Dumfries), who enjoyed a successful career as racing driver, winning the Le Mans in 1988.

The clan seat of Stuart of Bute is Mount Stuart. A very grand gothic mansion, it was rebuilt by the 3rd Marquess in the 19th century after being damaged by fire in 1877.

ARMS. Quarterly : 1st and 4th, or, a fess chequy azure and argent, within a double tressure flory-counterflory gules, for Stuart; 2nd and 3rd, a lion rampant azure, armed and langued gules, for Crichton.

CRESTS. A demi-lion rampant gules, armed and langued, azure, for Stuart; a dragon vert, breathing flames proper, for Crichton; a wyvern vert, charged on the breast with a cross crosslet or, holding in its mouth a sinister hand couped at the wrist gules, for Herbert.

ARMS. Or (gold), a fess chequy azure (blue) and argent (silver), within a Red double tressure florey-counter-florrey; in Chief an Ermine Cinquefoil.

CREST. A Demi Lion (Red) Rampant Proper. gold.


Crest Badge Stuarts of Bute

Arms of the Chief of the Clan

Stuarts of Bute Lands

Bute, Arran and Cumbrae


Dress Modern


Hunting Ancient

Profile pages for Clan Chiefs of the Clan Stuart of Bute

Prior to recognition as nobility

Stewart of Bute

The first "Stewart of Bute" was Sir John Stewart "The Black Stewart", John Stewart

Stewart of Fenwyck

The first Laird of Fenwyck was William Stewart of Fenwyck, William Stewart

Stewart of Kilcattan

The first Laird of Kilcattan was James Stewart of Kilcattan, James Stewart

Stewart of Ardmaleish

the first Laird of Ardmaleish was Ninian Stewart of Ardmaleish, Ninian Stewart

Sir James Stewart of Ardmaleish & Ardvorlica, James Stewart

John Stewart of Ardmaleish, John Stewart

Sir John Stewart of Ardmaleish, John Stewart He was also known as Sir John Stuart; this family had adopted the French spelling of Stuart sometime during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Noble line of Clan Stewart of Bute

The Baronets Stuart of Bute

The 1st Baronet Stuart of Bute was James Stuart

Stuart of Tillicoultry

The 1st laird of Tillicoultry and 1st Baronet of Tillicoultry was Robert Stuart the titles to Tillicoultry became dormant upon the death of Robert Stuart, 2nd Baronet (of Tillicoultry).

The 2nd Baronet Stuart of Bute was Dugald Stuart

The Earls of Bute

1st Earl of Bute, James Stuart

2nd Earl of Bute, James Stuart

3rd Earl of Bute, John Stuart

The Marquis of Bute

The 1st Marquis of Bute was John Stuart his son John Stuart (The Viscount Mount Stuart), was the ancestor of the Crichton-Stuart's

Crichton-Stuart family

The 2nd Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart became 7th Earl of Dumfries

3rd Marquis of Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart

4th Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart

5th Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart

6th Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart

7th Marquis of Bute, John Colum Crichton-Stuart

Lord Mount Stuart , John Bryson Crichton-Stuart



[1] Laird

[2] Clan Chief and Chieftan


  • The Heraldry of the Stewarts by G Harvey Johnston.

Published in Edinburgh & London By W & A K Johnston Ltd

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Stuart of Bute
Stuart of Bute

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