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John Stewart (1457 - 1479)

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John Stewart aka Earl of Mar, Prince of Scotland
Born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotlandmap
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Died in UNMD, Canon-Gate, Edinburgh, Scotlandmap
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John Stewart, Earl of Mar (d. 1479)

John Stewart, Earl of Mar and Garioch (c. 1456–c. 1479) was the youngest son of James II of Scotland and Mary of Guelders.

James II bestowed the titles of Earl of Mar and Earl of Garioch on his son sometime between 1458 and 1459. In 1479, John was accused of treason and imprisoned at Craigmillar Castle. Shortly thereafter he died in suspicious circumstances, possibly on the orders of his brother James III.


  • Lynch, Michael (1992). Scotland: A New History. Pimlico. p. 156. ISBN 0-7126-9893-0.
  • Tabraham, Chris (2003). Craigmillar Castle - The Official Souvenir Guide. Historic Scotland. p. 6. ISBN 1-900168-10-3.
  • "". Retrieved 26 November 2006.

Wikipedia: John Stewart, Earl of Mar (d. 1479) (,_Earl_of_Mar_(d._1479) : accessed 23 jun 2013)

John Stewart, Earl of Mar and Garioch1
M, #102113, b. between 1456 and 1459, d. 9 July 1479

John Stewart, Earl of Mar and Garioch was born between 1456 and 1459.1 He was the son of James II Stewart, King of Scotland and Marie von Geldern.2 He died on 9 July 1479 at Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, possibly murdered on the orders of his brother, King James III, unmarried.1
He gained the title of Earl of Garioch between 21 June 1458 and 25 June 1459.1 He gained the title of Earl of Mar between 21 June 1458 and 25 June 1459.1 Between 1479 and 1480 he forfeited all of his estates.1


  1. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 236. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  2. [S323] Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's The Peerage of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas, 1904), volume I, page 19. Hereinafter cited as The Scots Peerage.

thePeerage: John Stewart, Earl of Mar and Garioch ( : accessed 23 jun 2013)

Stewart, John (1457?-1479?)

STEWART, JOHN, Earl of Mar (1457?–1479?), third and youngest son of James II of Scotland, by Mary of Gueldres, was born after October 1456, his name not occurring in the list of the king's sons in the comptroller's account of that date. James III [q. v.] and Alexander Stewart, duke of Albany [q. v.], were his elder brothers. Between 21 June 1458 and 23 June 1459 he was created Earl of Mar and Garioch (Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, vi. 516). He sat in the parliament of March 1478–9 (Acta Parl. Scot. ii. 120), but between that date and October 1479—for he was not present at the parliament which met in the latter month (ib. p. 124)—was arrested by James III at the instance of Cochrane, the king's favourite. The traditional story is that he was accused by Cochrane of using magical arts against the king; but the probability is that Cochrane and the king dreaded a combination against them. Mar was confined in Craigmillar Castle, and, according to one story, an incision being made in one of his veins, he was allowed to bleed to death; while those who desired to absolve the king of blame asserted that his death was the result of misadventure while he was being bled by a physician for fever. ‘The Earl of Mar,’ says Lindsay of Pitscottie, ‘was ane fair lustie man, of ane great and weill proportioned stature, weill faced and comelie in all his behaviours who knew nothing but nobilitie. He used meikle hunting and hawking, with other gentlemanlie exercise, and delighted also in interteaming of great and stout hors and meares, that thair of spring micht florisch, so that he might be served thairwith in tyme of warres’ (Chronicle, p. 178). He was unmarried, and his honours became extinct.
[Exchequer Rolls of Scotland; Acta Parl. Scot.; Histories of Lesley and Buchanan; Lindsay of Pitscottie's Chronicle.]

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Wikisource: Stewart, John (1457?-1479?) (,_John_(1457%3F-1479%3F)_(DNB00) : accessed 23 jun 2013)

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On 15 Nov 2017 at 22:11 GMT J (Finley) F wrote:

Stewart-405 and Stewart-3203 do not represent the same person because: After comparisons of Stewart-405 and Stewart-3203 they are not the same profiles. I am looking for John Stewart b circa 1400 - d circa 1472, son of James Stewart 1st of Fothergill James; m Janet Menzies, dau and heiress of Alexander Menzies of Fothergill - any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

On 15 Nov 2017 at 20:26 GMT J (Finley) F wrote:

Vb John Finlay (Finley),(b. 1356 Scot.; d 1445 Scot.)

. Bishop of Dumblane Perthshire 1406. Reginald the Isles, Thane Glentilt

..... +Elanor Stewart (daughter John Stewart Fortengal)

Source: Finley Ancient Ancestors

Source:Scottish arms : being a collection of armorial bearings, A.D. 1370-1678, reproduced in facsimile from contemporary manuscripts, with heraldic and genealogical notes by Stodart, R. R. (Robert Riddle)

Publication date 1881 Topics Heraldry -- Scotland Publisher Edinburgh : W. Paterson Collection robarts; toronto Digitizing sponsor MSN Contributor Robarts - University of Toronto Language English Volume 2

Source:The Scottish Antiquary, Or, Northern Notes & Queries

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On 15 Nov 2017 at 20:08 GMT J (Finley) F wrote:

Please see: The Findley genealogy

by Hughes, Clara W. (Clara May Walker), 1900-

Topics Findley family, Hughes family, Henderson family, Maley family, Wilson family, Hawthorne family Collection family_history_library; americana; genealogy; additional_collections Digitizing sponsor Family Search Contributor Family History Library Language English

On 15 Nov 2017 at 20:00 GMT J (Finley) F wrote:

Stewart-405 and Stewart-3203 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same, I do not have my pre-1500 cert to edit the birth/death date information - as I adopted the abandoned profile and was not aware that I could not edit.

He was not son of James The Hearty, as profile states, But of James II and Mary of Gelders, and married Isabel Ergadia, and daughter Eleanor Stewart married John Finlay(ley). Please merge, thank you.

On 7 Jan 2017 at 23:43 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

On 20 Nov 2015 at 12:39 GMT Marty (Lenover) Acks wrote:

The Biography section is largely copied from Wikipedia. It should be reworked as this is now against Wikitree standards. See

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