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JOHN STEWART, third Earl of Buchan, son and heir of Alexander, succeeded to the earldom in 1505. He was retoured heir to his father in the earldom and Earlshill in 1519; until then he retained the style of Master of Buchan which he had held in his father's lifetime. On his own resignation, a charter of all his lands, baronies, lordships, and heritable offices, and of the Earlshill, was granted 4 August 1547 to his son John Stewart and his heirs, reserving the Earl's liferent.

He married Margaret, daughter of James Scrymgeour of Dudhope, Clonstable of Dundee, by whom he had:

  • JOHN, Master of Buchan, who married, first, Mary, only child of James Stewart, Earl of Moray, an illegitimate son of James IV and Janet Kennedy; secondly, Margaret, daughter of Walter Ogilvy of the Boyne, who survived her husband two years at least. He was killed in the battle of Pinkie, 10 September 1547, leaving an only child by Margaret Ogilvy,
    • CHRISTINA, later to become Countess of Buchan.
  • James, Master of Buchan in 1547, after his brother's death. He married Christian, daughter of John Strang of Balcaskie, by whom he had:
    • James, served heir to his father, 13 October 1604, and to his grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather 26 March 1618.
    • Alexander.
    • Margaret, married to Sir Hadrian Damon of Birtewelte in Denmark.
    • Isobel.

John Stewart is spoken of as recently dead in 1551. However his first son and heir had predeceased him, so title of the Earldom devolved to his granddaughter Christina.


  • Paul, James Balfour. The Scots Peerage; Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland; Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904.
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Alexander Stewart
Earl of Buchan
Succeeded by
Christina Stewart


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