Walter Stewart of Dundonald
The first in the family to assume name of Stewart was Walter Stewart of Dundonald 3rd High Steward of Scotland And Justiciar of Scotia. He witnessed a charter by King Alexander II, under the desination of "Walterus filius Alani, Senescallus, Justiciar Scotiae" Walter married Beatrix of Angus daughter of Gilchrist of Angus Earl of Angus in the year 1203 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Beatrix was born in the year 1183 in Angus, Scotland. Walter died in the year 1241 in Paisley and is buried in Paisley Abbey. He left four sons and four daughters.
I. Elizabeth, born 1204. II.
Euphemia, born 1206 in Paisley, Scotland. III. Alexander 4th High Steward of Scotland, born 1206. Had
issue, see below. IV. John born 1210 Paisley, Scotland. He died in 1249 in Damietta, Egypt. V.
Walter “Bailloch" Earl of Menteith born 1212 died April, 1296.
VI. Beatrix born 1215.
VII. Sir Robert, Knight born 1218 in Paisley, Scotland.
VIII. Margaret, born 1221 in Paisley, Scotland.
I. Elizabeth, born 1204.
II. Euphemia, born 1206 in Paisley, Scotland.
III. Alexander 4th High Steward of Scotland, born 1206. Had issue, see below.
IV. John born 1210 Paisley, Scotland. He died in 1249 in Damietta, Egypt.
Walter “Bailloch" Earl of Menteith born 1212 died April, 1296.
Alexander Stewart 4th high Steward of Scotland joined one of the crusades in his early life and was one of the regents of the young King Alexander III in the year 1255. He commanded the Scots army in a resounding victory over the Norse at the battle of Largs on the second day of October in the year 1263. This battle was an engagement fought between the armies of Norway and Scotland near the present day Town of Largs in north Ayrshire on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. It was the most important military engagement of the Scottish Norwegian war. The Norwegian forces were led by king Håkonsson and the Scottish forces by King Alexander III.
The Norwegian Fleet was surprised by stormy weather on the first day of October. Five long ships and a trading cog were driven ashore by the storm. Where they were attacked by a small number of Scots with range weapons, but no serious fighting ensued. The next day, king Håkonsson went ashore with some of his lendmenn. His lendmann Ogmund Crouchdance took control of the hill overlooking the beach with about 200 men, the force on the beach numbered about 600 men. During the day the Scottish army approached with 500 armored knights on horseback and a large body of foot soldiers. The Norwegians were outnumbered ten to one. The Scottish army numbered about 8000 men compared to the 800 Norwegian troops on shore. King Håkonsson took safety on board his ship. Ogmund Crouchdance’s force on the hill retreated to the beach. As the Norwegians on the beach scrambled to get into their boats several sank as a result of overcrowding. They managed to restore order in their ranks and made a stand on the beach. King Håkonsson was unable to send large reinforcements because of the storm, but one ship from the main fleet manage to go ashore. The Scottish army withdrew back up the hill. A lengthy long distance battle ensued, with bows and stone throwing. The Scottish army ultimately retreated; the Norwegians immediately boarded their boats and withdrew back to the main fleet.
On the 30th day of November of the same year Alexander received from King Alexander III a charter for the lands and barony of Garlies. He married Jean MacRory daughter of James MacRory lord of Bute in the year 1248 in Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland. Alexander died in the year 1283 in Dundonald. He had two sons and three daughters.
I. Elizabeth, born 1249 died 1287.
II. James 5th High Steward of Scotland, born 1252 had issue see below.
III. Sir John, Knight, born 1256 died Jul 22, 1298.
IV. Hawise, born 1262.
V. N.N., born 1266.
James Stewart, 5th High Steward of Scotland, was born in Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland in the year 1252. In the year 1286 he was chosen as one of the six Regents of Scotland. He subsequently submitted to King Edward I of England on July 9, in the year 1297, and was one of the auditors for the competitor, Robert the Bruce. However, during the wars of Scottish Independence he joined Sir William Wallace. After Wallace’s defeat at the battle of Falkirk in the year 1298, he gave his support to Robert the Bruce.
In the year 1302, with six other ambassadors, he was sent to solicit the aid of the French king against Edward, to whom he was once again compelled to swear fealty at Lanercost on October 23, in the year 1306. To render his oath if possible secure, it was taken on the two crosses of Scotland most esteemed for their sanctity, on the consecrated host, the holy gospels and certain relics of saints. He also agreed to submit to instant excommunication if he should break this allegiance with Edward. Convinced that his faith was to his country in spite of all, he once again took up the Scottish patriotic cause and died in the service of the Bruce July 16, in the year 1309.
James married Gille de Burgh Daughter of Richard de Burgh lord of Connaught in the year 1289 in Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland; she was born in the year 1263 in Ulster, Ireland. He had four sons and one daughter.
I. Andrew, born 1290 in Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland died
II. Walter 6th High Steward of Scotland, born 1292 had issue see below.
III. Sir John, Knight, born 1294 died Oct 14, 1318 in Dundalk,
IV. Gille, born 1296 married Sir Alexander de Menzies, Knight.VI. Sir James, Knight, born 1298.
Walter Stewart 6th High Steward of Scotland was born in the year 1292 in Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland. Walter commanded the left wing of the Scottish army at the battle Bannockburn. He was the nominal leader of one of the Scottish schiltrons but because of his youth and inexperience it’s effective leader was his cousin James Douglas, lord of Douglas. This battle took place in the afternoon hours of June 23rd, in the year1314.
Walter married Princess Marjorie de Bruce in the year 1315. She was the daughter of King Robert de Bruce. She was born in the year 1296 in Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland. Marjorie was captured and taken prisoner at the age 11, as well as her stepmother queen Elizabeth, Isabella Macduff Countess of Buchan and two sisters of her father the king. They were sent to England where King Edward I of England had Marjorie and her Aunt Christina Seton imprisoned at convents, while Queen Elizabeth was kept at a manor house in Yorkshire. Her Aunt Mary and the Countess of Buchan were kept in cages the first few years of their imprisonment. Edward I died on July 7, in the year 1307 he was succeeded by his son Edward II of England who subsequently held Margery captive in the nunnery for about eight years. She was finally set free around the year 1314, possibly in exchange for English nobleman captured after the battle of Bannockburn. Walter had a distinguished himself in the battle and was rewarded with a hand of Princess Marjorie. Her dowry included the Barony of Bathgate in west Lothian. While horseback riding she was thrown from her horse dislocating her neck. She was taken to paisley abbey where her only son Robert was delivered by caesarean section; she survived only a few hours after his birth. A cairn marking the spot where she is reckoned to have fallen from her horse can be found at the junction of Renfrew road and then Donnell road in paisley.
After Princess Marjorie’s death Walter married Isobell Graham daughter of Sir Nicholas Graham knight. She was born in the year 1290 in Abercorn, west Lothian, Scotland. He died April 9 in the year 1326 in paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He had one son by Princess Marjorie and two sons and one daughter by his second wife Isabelle Graham.