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Scotland's history is inextricably linked to that of the Royal Clan, the Clan Stewart. The surname Stewart was an occupational name for a steward, the official in charge of a noble household and its treasury. It derives from the Old English word "stigweard," a compound of "stig," or "household," and "weard," or "guardian." As every great house, Earl and Bishop in medieval England and Scotland had its stewards, this office has given rise to many lines of this hereditary surname.

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The surname Stewart was first found in Scotland, where records of Stewart as a surname, and not just an occupation began to be found from the 13th century. The ancestors of the famed Royal Stewart line of Scotland descend from a family Breton nobles named Flaald, the name is therefore of Anglo-Norman extraction. The name arrived in Britain with Alan, a knight who settled in Oswestry in Shropshire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stewart, Steward, Stillbhard (Gaelic) and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stewart research. Another 793 words (57 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1371, 1371, 1714, 1688, 1720, 1745, 1746, 1807, 1343, 1405, 1382, 1405, 1479, 1503, 1504, 1476, 1504, 1467, 1504, 1452, 1508, 1545, 1567, 1565, 1659, 1598, 1662, 1641, 1653, 1692, 1675, 1728, 1714 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Stewart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable among the family at this time was Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan (Wolf of Badenoch) (1343-1405), third surviving son of King Robert II of Scotland, first Earl of Buchan since John Comyn (1382-1405), Justiciar of Scotia for a time, but not an effective one, held large territories in the north...

Another 203 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stewart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Stewart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stewart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Austin Stewart, who came to Boston Massachusetts in 1651
  • Austin Stewart in Boston in 1651
  • Charles Stewart, a Royalist soldier captured at Worcester, sent to Boston aboard the "John and Sara" in 1652
  • Austin Stewart, who landed in America in 1652
  • Cha Stewart, who landed in America in 1652
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Stewart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Stewart, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Malcom Stewart, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Alexander Stewart, a Jacobite captured at Preston, was among Thomase banished to the plantations, transported from Liverpool to South Carolina aboard the "Susannah" in 1716
  • Jamaica Stewart, who arrived in America in 1724
  • Don Stewart, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
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Stewart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Griselda Stewart, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Peter Stewart, who arrived in New York in 1802
  • Thomas Stewart, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Agness Stewart, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Anne Stewart, aged 18, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
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Stewart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander McIntosh Stewart, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906

Stewart Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Sir James Stewart of Killeith, 4th Lord Ochiltree, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1629

Stewart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Stewart, a settler who came with Governor Cornwallis to Chebucto, Nova Scotia in June 1749
  • Andrew Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Danl Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Stewart, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Hugh Stewart, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
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Stewart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alex Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Margaret Stewart, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • James Stewart, aged 37, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1803
  • Isabella Stewart, aged 9, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Janet Stewart, aged 7, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
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Stewart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Stewart, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Robert Stewart, a watch-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Stewart, a printer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Alexander Stewart, a glazier, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Stewart, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Stewart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A Stewart landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Stewart, aged 19, a baker, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • William Stewart, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • J Stewart landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Indemnity
  • Charles Stewart, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
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  • Paul Wilbur Stewart (1925-2015), American historian, founder of the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center in 1971
  • Karen Davey Stewart (1953-2015), American helicopter skiing pioneer, co-founder of World Extreme Skiing Championship
  • Jon Randall Stewart (b. 1969), American country music singer, songwriter and musician
  • Brigadier General (US Army, Ret.) Robert Lee Stewart (b. 1942), former NASA astronaut with over 12 days in space
  • John Quincy Stewart (1894-1972), American astrophysicist
  • George Rippey Stewart (1895-1980), American toponymist
  • Martha Stewart (b. 1942), American businesswoman, media personality, and decorating and entertaining expert
  • James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908-1997), American movie actor, nominated for five Academy Awards, recipient of one award and a Lifetime Achievement award. With the United States Air Force, he rose to the rank of Brigadier General
  • Robert 'Rab' Stewart (1962-2016), Scottish footballer
  • Robert Banks Stewart (1931-2016), Scottish screenwriter, known for his work on Danger Man, The Human Jungle, Top Secret and The Avengers
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Stewart Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Randy S Stewart (b. 1964), American Sergeant from Texarkana, Arkansas, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Marguerite  Stewart (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Emma Stewart (1855-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Alice May  Stewart (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas Stewart (b. 1911), Irish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Robert J P Stewart (b. 1910), English Chaplain serving for the Royal Navy from Bayswater, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Albert M Stewart (b. 1895), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Pimlico, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Stewart, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Stewart, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Charles David Stewart, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Duncan Stewart, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Edgar Stewart, Scottish Assistant Steward from Glasgow, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mrs. Christina Stewart, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Master John Knox Stewart, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert A. Stewart (d. 1912), aged 54, American First Class passenger from Cincinnati, Ohio who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virescit vulnere virtus
Motto Translation: Courage grows stronger at the wound.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Stewart
Aninley, Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, Comby, Conalee, Conaleigh, Conally, Conallys, Conaly, Conalys, Coneally, Conealy, Coneely, Conelay, Conelly, Conellys, Conely, Conelys, Conerly, Conilly, Conillys, Conily, Conilys, Conlay, Conlaye, Conlays, Conlea, Conleagh, Conleaghs, Conleas, Conlee, Conlees, Conleigh, Conley, Conleys, Conlie, Conlies, Conly, Conlys, Connalee, Connaleigh, Connally, Connallys, Connaly, Connalys, Conneally, Connealy, Conneely and more.

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    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
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    The Stewart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stewart Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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