Name: James Stewart
Suffix: of Newton & Muren
Death: BEF AUG 1611
Change Date: 18 NOV 2007
Was he a relative of Andrew Stewart of Kilcoy, who was ancestor of the Stuarts of Crichie?
1st husband of Jean Fraser.
Kilcoy Castle, near Strath Connon, Ross-shire:
In 1557 Kilcoy was spelt "Culcowy" and also "Culcolly" from the Gaelic "Cu coille" meaning "Nook of the Wood" or , as given by one or two authorities, "Nook of the Hazel wood". Early references to Kilcoy may be found in the Kilravock Papers, particularly in the charter of 26th March 1294, and the "Davach (= 416 acres) of Culcolli" is mentioned in charters concerning Edradouer (i.e. Redcastle) during the period 1299 to 1311, in grants to the Earl of Ross.
Also in 1511, there was a charter of Culcowy to Henry Stewart; and later, in 1554, to John Stewart, son and heir apparent of Robert Stewart of Muren.
However, actual ownership of the property does not really become clear until the year 1605, since that was when there was a marriage settlement pertaining to Kilcoy: this was granted to Sir James Stewart (of Newton and Muren) and Jean Fraser (of Lovat). Records show the marriage of James Stewart with Jean Fraser took place on the 1st August 1603.
On 15th August 1611, the now widowed Jean Fraser married Alexander Mackenzie, third son of Colin Mackenzie (11th Baron of Kintail); furthermore, six and a half years later, on 29th January 1618, Kilcoy was granted in marriage settlement to Alexander Mackenzie and Jean Fraser - with Robert Stewart having resigned his interest - thus making Alexander the 1st Mackenzie of Kilcoy.