Johnson / Bryans Families

Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

John Stewart (Heritable Sheriff of Bute)

Male 1380 - 1449  (~ 105 years)

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  • Name John Stewart 
    Title Heritable Sheriff of Bute 
    Born Between 1339 and 1380 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1444 and 1449 
    Person ID I1829  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 

    Father Robert Stewart (King Robert II of Scotland)
              b. 2 Mar 1316
              d. 19 Apr 1390  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Moira Leitch
              b. Bef 1374
              d. Bef 1484  (Age < 110 years) 
    1. John Stewart (Heritable Sheriff of Bute)
              b. Between 1339 and 1380
              d. Between 1444 and 1449
    Family ID F0661  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Jean Sympil
              b. Between 1339 and 1380
              d. Between 1444 and 1490  (Age ~ 105 years) 
    Married Bef 1420  [1
     1. William Stewart, of Fennock
              b. Between 1355 and 1426
              d. Abt 1465  (Age ~ 110 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F0662  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
  • Birth
    John was a natural son of Robert II, but not through Elizabeth Mure. Tradition says that John Stewart's mother was Moira Leitch (de Leche), though there's room for confusion from Moira->Mora->Mure. The Scot's Peerage (below) disputes this.

    He most likely was adult by 1385 (see below) but certainly by 1398, so cannot have been born after 1380.


    From The Scot's Peerage1:
    John Stewart, also called 'The Black Stewart', first of the house of Bute, was a natural son of King Robert II.

    He received from his royal father and his borthers, King Robert III. and the Regent Albany, a 'fair estate' in the Principality and Stewartry of Scotland. In this way, by the gift of Robert II, he became the hereditary Sheriff of the islands of Bute and Arran, probably on their first eerection into a sheriffdom, in 1385. From Robert III he received on 11 November 1400 a confirmation of the office of Sheriff, and a charter of the lands of Ardmulese and Grenane in Bute, and of Coregelle in Arran, and grants of annual rents of ten pounds a year out of the maills of the King's Bute lands, and of ten merks yearly from his lands in Arran. From the Regent, who liked Robert III styles him his brother, John Stewart and his wife received, in 1418, a charter of the half lands of Fennok in the barony of Renfrew, which he had purchased from Richard de Barde, and in the following year a charter, to himself and his wife, of the lands of Barrone in Bute, on the resignation of 'Agnes, duaghter of Walter.'

    Stewart received also from Robert III a charter of an annual rent of twney merks out of the barony of Albernethy, in Perthshire, and in 1398 he paid into the Exchequer the ferms of the lands of Ormysdale. An expenditure of nine chalders of barley, which he had appropriated for the repair of Rothesay Castle, was repudiated by the Exchequer, and continued in the accounts against him, and, after his death, against his son.

    He was one of the hostages for James I of Scotland in 1424.

    Tradition says that the name of the Sheriff's mother was Leitch. A family of that name held property in the Island of Bute at a very early date, and probably derived its surname from its hereditary profession of medicine. It has also been stated that the mother was the lady named Mora, mentioned in several of Robert's charters, another person, however, from Elizabeth More. John Stewart married Jonet Sympil, named with him in charters of 1419 and 1444, daughter of John Sympil of Eliotstoun, and had issue:-

    1. James
    2. William of Fennok
    3. Robert of Bute
    4. Andrew of Roslane

    His son James succeeded between 1445 and 1449, and John was living in 1444 when named in a charter.

    [1] The Scots Peerage, Vol. 2 (1905), Pages 285-311 (Stuart, Marquess of Bute)

  • Sources 
    1. [S0381] Scots Peerage, The, Ed. Sir James Balfour Paul, (Edinburgh: David Douglas), Stuart, Marquess of Bute; Volume 2, Pages 284-311, 1905.