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  • ID: I127590
  • _UID: 5A59022D703D45B287E43D4001B9C605F3F1
  • Name: James STUART
  • Suffix: , Earl of Moray
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1496
  • Note:

    !Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus, popularly called "Bell the Cat" and "The Great Earl", Warden of the East Marches 11 April 1481 and was continued in that office by James IV with whom he was in great favour. He was P.C. and was High Chancellor 1493-98, His advice to the King against the fatal engagement at Flodden being insultingly received, he quitted the field shortly before the fight, bidding his two sons remain, both of whom were there slain, with their King. He m. 1stly, 4 Mar 1467/8, Elizabeth, 1st daughter of Robert Boyd, 1st Lord Boyd, by Mariot, daughter of Sir Robert Maxwell of Calderwood. She d. before 21 Feb 1497. He m. 2ndly, about 1498, Janet, 1st wife, or possibly mistress, of Sir Alexander Gordon (who was slain at Flodden, 9 Sep 1513), daughter of John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy, by his 2nd wife Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Erroll. There are charters by him dated 20 Jul and 25 Sep 1498, of lands granted to her for life, "with remainder to the heirs male procreated or to be procreated betwixt them". She, however, must soon have deserted him, for on 1 Jun 1501, she obtained a charter (under the name "Janet Kennedy, Lady Bothwell") from James IV (by which King she was mother of James Stuart, created (as an infant) Earl of Moray in 1501), on condition of her remaining "absque marito seu alio viro, cum Rege, etc." (c). In 1531 Janet Kennedy founded a prebend in the collegiate church of St. Mary-in-the-Fields, near Edinburgh, for the good of the deceased Archibald, Earl of Angus, formerly her husband. He m. lastly, in 1500, Katherine, daughter of Sir William Stirling, of Keir, by Margaret, daughter of James Crichton, of Ruthvendeny. She signed a discharge as "Katryne Cress of Angus" 10 Aug 1510, but on 14 May 1513, she is designated simply as Katherine Stirling, and she was then probably separated from the Earl, and living with Alexander, Lord Home, by whom she had an illegitimate son about this time. The Earl d. at the Priory of St. Ninian or Whithorn, in Galloway, between 29 Nov 1513 and 31 Jan 1513/4 (x). (c) This lady nowhere appears upon record as Countess of Angus. On 6 and 28 Nov 1505 she is referred to in civil actions as the spouse of Sir John Ramsay of Trarinzean (the forfeited Lord Bothwell), and the fact that she is called Lady Bothwell in the abovementioned charter of 1 Jun 1501 does not point to her having married him before that date, but, as stated in the 'Scots Peerage' that name was applied to her on account of the lands settled on her by Angus having included the Lordship of Bothwell. It is a strange coincidence that she should afterwards have married a man who had been Lord Bothwell, but a lady who was held so lightly by the marriage tie is a cause of trouble to genealogists. Anyhow, she was separated from Ramsay also before Feb 1507/8, when he had another wife. She was still alive as late as Dec 1543. (x) [Added by XIV:26-7] A letter dated 23 Nov 1513, from Thomas, Lord Darcy, to Wolsey, announces, though possibly in error, the death of the Earl at St. Ninian's. Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000 I:156-7, XIV:26-7.
  • Change Date: 19 APR 2010

    Father: James IV Of SCOTLAND b: 17 Mar 1472/73 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
    Mother: Janet KENNEDY b: 1476 in Dunure, Ayrshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Marion STEWART b: ABT 1500
      1. Has No Children Elizabeth STUART b: ABT 1520
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