Wednesday, November 28, 2012

John Reid (1656-1720)

John Reid was Gardener to the Lord Advocate, went to the famous Hamilton Gardens for study, and wrote a book entitled the "Scotch Gardener." Sent over by the Proprietaries of New Jersey as a surveyor, he came to America in 1683, settled at Freehold, was Member of Assembly, and appointed Surveyor-General of New Jersey, in 1702. He m. Sept. 29, 1678, Margaret Miller.

 The following is an account of John Reid, written by himself: "At Niddrew Castle, the parish of Kirkliston, was born the 13th Febr. 1655-6, and there baptized, where my father was gardener, and my grandfather before him. I was bound apprentice to a wine merchant in Edinburgh in Jan. 1667, but my master dying before the expiration of my apprenticeship, I returned, 9br, 1673. My father being dead, and my mother married again, I went to the famous Hamilton Gardens for improvement. Here I was deluded to embrace Quakerism. From thence I went to Drummond in 9br, 1675. Thence to Lawres, alias Fordiny, 27th 9br, 1676. There I wrote the Scotch Gardener, and was married 29th 9br, 1678, to Margaret, daughter of Henry Miller, of Cashon, in the parish of Kirkintilloch, where she was born and baptized anno 1644-5. She had likewise embraced Quakerism. My eldest daughter, Anna, was born at Lawres the 24th Jan. 1679. We came to Shank 4th 9br, 1680. My second daughter, Helena, was born there the 2nd October, 1681. My third daughter, Margaret, was born there the 11th May 1683. We went to Leith for our voyage to America the 2nd Augt. 1683, came on board ship the 10th, and next day at Aberdeen, where we staid to the 28th 10br. Entered Sandy Hook and landed on Staten Island the 19th, went to Elizabethtown the 23rd, and to Woodbridge 10th Jan. 1683-4. My daughter, Margaret, died the 15th, and was buried the next day at Amboy. We removed to the House in the field at Amboy, 13th 10br, 1684. My son, John, was born there 27th July, 1686, came to Hortensia 26th 9br, 1687. My daughter Anna was married to Capt. John Anderson, 7th 10br, 1701. I first received the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in Church of England, 28th March, 1703.My daughter Helena was married to John Bartow, Rector of Westchester, 17th 9br, 1705. My daughter Anna was delivered of a son May 18th, 1710; baptized 23d July, and named Kenneth. My daughter Helena was delivered of her 7th son the 24th Dec. 1715; baptized 5th Jan. and named John. My son John was married to Mary Sands, at Hempstead on Long Island, the 17th Dec. 1721. His wife was delivered of a woman-child 28th Nov. 1722, and she was baptized, 22d Feb. 1722-3, and named Mary. My daughter, Anna Anderson, died July 6th, 1723, aged 43 years, 5 mos. and 12 days."
Source:Bolton's W. Co., ii. 209; Bolton's W. Ch., 51; Whitehead's Perth Amboy; Scot's Model; Rev. George Keith's Journal. pp. 58, 79; N. Y. Gen. Rec., Jan. 1872.
Found at:

Old Topanemus Cemetery
 [This cemetery is situated about one mile west of Marlboro, N. J. Here was located in its early days, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, which was afterwards moved to Freehold village.]. 

John Reid, died Nov. 16, 1723, aged 67 years. He came from Scotland his native country, with his wife Margaret and three daughters, to New Jersey, Dec. 19, 1683. (Noted surveyor and map-drawer). Margaret Reid , died May 1, 1728, aged 84 years, wife of John Reid.

Gardener of Niddry Castle
One of the earliest books about gardening in Britain, The Scottish Gard'ner, was published in Edinburgh in 1683. The author was John Reid, who was born at Niddry Castle, the son and grandson of the castle gardener (Hope 1988). Though no details are recorded of the gardens attached to the castle during Reid's life (1656-1723), his family background attests that there were managed gardens at Niddry as early as the mid-16th century. A charter of 1506 refers to 'the orchart of Winchburgh' (Reg Mag Sig 2, 637-8, no 2995) and another of 1548 records 'orchards, enclosed gardens within and outside, protected by the defences (of the castle)' (Reg Mag Sig 4, 54-5, no 222). Gardening appears to have been a concern of the Lords of Seton. There is a record of a 'garding' at Seton Palace, East Lothian, in 1478 (Seton 1896, 103); and Maitland (1829, 52) recorded a yard and orchard, along with the garden, at Seton in 1560. Hynd's observation (1984, 269) that 'Scotland was a major exponent of gardening, particularly throughout the 17th century, with origins well-rooted in the 16th century' is clearly reflected at Niddry too.

John Reid * (1656 - 1720)
is your 5th great grandfather
Son of John Reid
Daughter of John Reid
Son of Jean Reid
Son of James Stewart
Daughter of Noah Stewart
Son of Mary Lou Ella Stewart and Charles William Lute

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

John Reid (1574 - 1665)

Major John Reid was born on 1 Aug 1574 in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He was christened  on 1 Aug 1574 in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He died in Northern Ireland.

He  had an ancestor called Alex. "Rua," or the Red, from the colour of his hair. This name, when he became a Baron, was altered to Reid. A descendant of this Alexander named Robert (?) was a very great warrior. He did so much service for Scotland during the reign of King James I. that his whole lands were erected into a free Barony, dated 1457. - [See Vol. I., Page 101, Skene's Sketches of Scot. History.] It is stated by the historian Skene, that this same Robert Reid arrested the murderers of James (Walter, Earl of Athole, and Robert Graham), and then refused any reward excepting that Straloch with other lands given by James II. of Scotland should be for ever His Own and erected into a free Barony. The Arms of his family were also at the same time augmented, and he was to bear (upon an escutcheon of pretence) a man in chains, with motto "Virtutis gloria merces." Several large estates were added to Straloch and a Charter given by the Crown in 1457. 'They have been connected in marriages in the Royal families both in Scotland and England, and among many noble families both in Scotland and England, which is well documented, both by the Scots. and English historians ." - [History. Robertson's, and Poems of Alex. Robertson of Strowan.] Military records are difficult to locate for several reasons, in 1602 King Henry VII of England gave his daughter in marriage to James IV of Scotland. This gave rise to the Union of the Crowns in 1603. James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England bringing about the Union of the Crowns. Military records at this time became part of the history of England, rather than Scotland. WW II caused considerable destruction of records that had survived the centuries. However, English records do tell us that the name Reid "appears to have started in about the year 1000, with induction to the British Isles by the Norman's during the 11th century. They were a way of further identifying people and were usually patronymic (eg: J ohn son of Richard), local (eg: John by the Brook), a tradename or a nickname. The name Reid is a nickname from the Middle English word"reed" or Rede". meaning "red" and would have been used to describe someone with a ruddy complexion or red hair. Many different spellings of this popular name occurred and can be found spelt as Read, Reed, Reid, Reade. A family call Reid was establishing in America in the early 18th century by John Reid born in Dublin who was the sixth in descence from Sir Thomas Read of Berkshire. His son George Reid (note change of spelling) was a signatory to the Declaration of Independence. the ancient family motto was MEMOR NET FIDELIS (Latin) meaning "Mindful and faithful." Major John Reid, in 1600's, was induced by King James I of England to colonize North Ireland. Lands there had been forfeited to the British Crown on the failure of the Irish Rebellion, instigated by Phillip II, King of Spain. Thus the Reid's left their Scottish homeland, and ventured out into Ireland. A little history on the happenings of the times. In the 17th Century, King James 1 of England (James VI of Scotland) took over the Ulster Province in North Ireland, but this was followed by great unrest and disloyalty there to the Crown of England. At the same time the Presbyterians of western Scotland were not happy because they did not like the rule of the bishops and wanted to govern their churches in their own way. They were persecuted for their beliefs and there was much fighting with those who did not believe as they did. James I decided to encourage or force them to move to North Ireland to settle in that recently acquired area. This was a tactical move on the part of the king, and perhaps even a little brilliant, as it gave him subjects in North Ireland who would be loyal to him while at the same time, easing the religious friction.
  Major John Reid in 1600s was induced by King James I of England to colonize North Ireland. Lands there had been forfeited to the British Crown on the failure of the Irish Rebellion, instigated by Phillip II, King of Spain. Thus the Reids left their Scottish homeland, and ventured out into Ireland.

John Reid * (1574 - 1665)
is our 7th great grandfather
Son of John Reid and Rose Lewis Bell
Son of John Reid and wife
Son of John Reid and Margaret Miller
Daughter of John Reid and Jean Reid
Son of Jean Reid and James Stewart
Son of James Stewart and Phoebe Hinton Cox
Daughter of Noah Stewart and Mary Springer
Son of Mary Lou Ella Stewart and Charles William Lute

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mary Lou Ella Stewart (1883 - 1938)

Mary Lou Ella Stewart is the youngest  of Noah Stewart's twenty-one children.  Her father, Noah, died when she was age sixteen.   At age seventeen she married a handsome young man named Charles William Lute.  Their first child, Edna, died in infancy.  They had two other children, Doran Edgar Lute and Irene Winfred Lute.
 Mary and her husband decided to raft down the Ohio River in 1905, traveling from Portsmouth to Missouri, when tragedy struck the young family.  Her husband, Charles William Lute, died from pneumonia and was buried at Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mary was left with two young children ages four and one and no way to support them.  She soon married a widower named Marion Laird who had three children by his first wife.  They added four more children to the household in the next ten years. All was not well in the household and Doran was not welcomed by her new husband and his children.  Doran was sent by train all by himself from Illinois to Ohio to live with his paternal grandmother, Rebecca Elizabeth Brannan Lute Monroe.  This was a frightening trip for a five year old child.  Her second husband died in 1922 leaving her with a thirteen year old, an eleven year old, and a six year old.  She married a third time to Arthur P Eltzroth, a widower with two young children.
Mary Lou Ella died at age 54 after suffering for three years from cancer of the gallbladder. Through all of her intense suffering she manifested a spirit of patience and testified to her faith in God. She had joined the German Baptist Church  as a small child.

Mary Lou Ella Stewart, Charles William Lute, Doran Edgar Lute

Mary Lou Ella Stewart , Irene Lute, Doran Edgar Lute

Doran Edgar Lute and Mary Lou Ella Stewart

Mary Lou Ella Stewart * (1883 - 1938)
is our paternal grandmother

Son of Mary Lou Ella Stewart and Charles William Lute

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Noah Stewart (1828 - 1897)

Noah Stewart was born on the Ohio frontier (Highland County) in 1828.  He was married three times and we are derived from his third marriage to Mary Springer.  He enlisted in the Civil War for the Union.  "Enlisted in Company G, Ohio 172nd Infantry Regiment on 14 May 1864.
Mustered out on 03 Sep 1864 at Gallipolis, OH. 

The 172nd Ohio Infantry was organized in Cambridge, Ohio and mustered in May 14, 1864 at Columbus, Ohio for 100 days service under the command of Colonel John Ferguson.
The regiment spent its entire enlistment engaged in guard government stores at Gallipolis, Ohio.
The 172nd Ohio Infantry mustered out of service September 3, 1864 at Gallipolis.

Arthur St. Clair established Adams County on July 10, 1797. He named the county after John Adams, the President of the United States in 1797. It was one of the first four counties created in the Northwest Territory. In 1795, Nathaniel Massie founded Manchester, the first permanent white settlement in Adams County.
Adams County is a rural area, located approximately fifty miles east of Cincinnati along the Ohio River. It consists of 625 square miles of land. West Union is the county seat and it is the largest town in the county. In 2000 the population of West Union was just over 2,900 people. The county averages forty-seven people per square mile. Approximately eighty percent of the residents find employment in service industries. These industries include medical care, utilities, and communications. Just over seven percent of the population is engaged in agriculture, and especially in dairy farming. The average income per person in 1999 was just over sixteen thousand dollars. Adams County is one of the poorest counties in Ohio. Approximately eighteen percent of all residents live in poverty. Many residents describe the county as the "Edge of Appalachia." Politically, the county's residents are predominantly Republican.
Serpent Mound, an Indian earthwork and an Ohio Historical Society site, is located in Adams County.

Noah Stewart * (1828 - 1897)
is our great grandfather

Daughter of Noah Stewart

Son of Mary Lou Ella Stewart and Charles William Lute

James Stewart (1783 - 1857)

James Stewart was born in York, Pennsylvania and moved to Adams County Ohio in the early 1800's.  He was married three times. We are derived from his second wife, Phebe Hinton Cox.  He is listed as a sargeant in the war of 1812.  He is also on a list of prisoners of  the War of 1812.  "U.S. Marshal's Returns of Enemy Aliens and Prisoners of War, 1812-15"

James Stewart * (1783 - 1857)
is our 2nd great grandfather

Son of James Stewart

Daughter of Noah Stewart

Son of Mary Lou Ella Stewart and Charles William Lute

James Stewart (1755 - 1830)

According to The History of Lawrence County 1877 "James Stewart . . .came from Peter's Creek, Allegheny county, Pa., and settled on the farm now owned by Andrew Powell, in 1796 or 1797. He came with his father and mother. His father, John Stewart, served in the Continental army during the Revolutionary war, and fought in the battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777, the battle resulting in the British army making a triumphant entry into the city of Philadelphia.  John Stewart lived a number of years after the settlement, and died aged over seventy years. James Stewart served as captain in the war of 1812. He was a great hunter, and took extreme delight in the sports of the chase. He had a rifle which he called "Old Danger," which carried a ball weighing nearly an ounce."

James Stewart * (1755 - 1830)
is our 3rd great grandfather

Son of James Stewart

Son of James Stewart

Daughter of Noah Stewart

Son of Mary Lou Ella Stewart and Charles William Lute

Monday, November 12, 2012

John Stewart (1730 - 1795)

He enlisted in the Continental Army and was with his unit when they crossed the Delaware under the command of General George Washington that fateful night.  Surprising the German command, they caused the German general to surrender and turn over his sword--this marked a major victory of the fledgling Americans and was the beginning of their victory against the British.  He was mustered out at Valley Forge, Pa.  IN his papers it shows that he served in the 5 major battles that had been fought as of that year - 1778. 

December 1776 was a desperate time for George Washington and the American Revolution. The ragtag Continental Army was encamped along the Pennsylvania shore of the Delaware River exhausted, demoralized and uncertain of its future.
The troubles had begun the previous August when British and Hessian troops invaded Long Island routing the colonial forces, forcing a desperate escape to the island of Manhattan. The British followed up their victory with an attack on Manhattan that compelled the Americans to again retreat, this time across the Hudson River to New Jersey.
The British followed in hot pursuit, chasing the Americans through New Jersey and by December had forced the Continental Army to abandon the state and cross the Delaware into Pennsylvania. With New Jersey in their firm control and Rhode Island successfully occupied, the British were confident that the Revolution had been crushed. The Continental Army appeared to be merely an annoyance soon to be swatted into oblivion like a bothersome bee at a picnic.
To compound Washington's problems, the enlistments of the majority of the militias under his command were due to expire at the end of the month and the troops return to their homes. Washington had to do something and quickly.
His decision was to attack the British. The target was the Hessian-held town of Trenton just across the Delaware River.
During the night of December 25, Washington led his troops across the ice-swollen Delaware about 9 miles north of Trenton. The weather was horrendous and the river treacherous. Raging winds combined with snow, sleet and rain to produce almost impossible conditions. To add to the difficulties, a significant number of Washington's force marched through the snow without shoes.
The next morning they attacked to the south, taking the Hessian garrison by surprise and over-running the town. After fierce fighting, and the loss of their commander, the Hessians surrendered.
Washington's victory was complete but his situation precarious. The violent weather continued - making a strike towards Princeton problematic. Washington and his commanding officers decided to retrace their steps across the Delaware taking their Hessian prisoners with them.
The news of the American victory spread rapidly through the colonies reinvigorating the failing spirit of the Revolution. The battle's outcome also gave Washington and his officers the confidence to mount another campaign. On December 30 they again crossed the Delaware, attacked and won another victory at Trenton on January 2, and then pushed on to Princeton defeating the British there on January 3.
Although not apparent at the time, these battles were a decisive turning point in the Revolution. The victories pulled the languishing Revolution out of the depths of despair, galvanized colonial support, shocked the British and convinced potential allies such as France, Holland and Spain, that the Continental Army was a force to be reckoned with.
"For God's sake, keep by your officers!"

From "Lawrence County, PA Soldiers" by Paul W. Myers, Closson Press, copyright 1988, found in the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, page 33:
"STEWART, John. b. March 25, 1755, d. July 17, 1829, in Perry Twp, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.  John Stewart enlisted in May 1776 at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for a term of two years in the company commanded by Captain James Greer of the First Pennsylvania Regiment commanded by Colonel James Chambers and served until discharged at Valley Forge in June 1778.  He and his son, James Stewart, came to Perry Township from Peter's Creek Valley, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in 1796-97.  John Stewart lived a number of years after the settlement, and died aged over seventy years.  His wife was Mary Kennedy.  The place of burial is uncertain, John Stewart applied for a pension May 16, 1818, pension claim number S-40508. . .
On the 16th day of May 1818 before me the subscriber one of the associate judges of the Court of Common Pleas for said county of Beaver in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania personally appeared John Stewart aged sixty three years, a resident in Beaver County. . .he the said John Stewart enlisted in Carlisle in Pennsylvania in May 1776 (f)or the term of two years in the company commanded by Capt. James Greer in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment commanded by Col. James Chambers, that he continued to serve in said corps or in the service of the United States until June 1778 when he was discharged from service by Col. J. Chambers at the Valley Forge in the state of Pennsylvania, that he was in the Battles of Long Island and White Plains in N. York and Germantown and the Paoli and Brandywine in Pennsylvania, that he is unable to labor and through misfortunes is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support and that his discharge is long since lost or worn out and that he has no other evidence now in his power of his said services and that he hath not been heretofore placed on the pension list. . ."

John Stewart * (1730 - 1795)
is our 4th great grandfather

James Stewart * (1755 - 1830)
Son of John Stewart

James Stewart * (1783 - 1857)
Son of James Stewart

Noah Stewart * (1828 - 1897)
Son of James Stewart

Mary Lou Ella Stewart * (1883 - 1938)
Daughter of Noah Stewart

Doran Edgar Lute * (1901 - 1982)
Son of Mary Lou Ella Stewart and Charles William Lute

John Stewart (1690 - 1782)

This is a fun way to start our Stewart stories.    I don't have a lot of documentation on John Stewart, but this is from other researchers. 
Taken from notes of Mary Stearnes Henley excerpted from onan&id=I263
"Beyond a reasonable doubt the first Col. John Stewart who came to Virginia from Scotland, Mourning Floyd's husband's great-grandfather - was a younger son of the Duke of Berwick, born in Berwick Castle, and cousin of Henry Stewart, Earl of Lennox, whose son, Henry Stewart, married his cousin, Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots. They were all reared in Berwickshire and were all descendants of Walter (Fitzalan) Stewart, the sixth "Grand Steward of Scotland>" pp 74 Bio9-Genealogies of the VA-KY Floyd Families.
Additional Information
The Stewart line has been traced back to Solomon and David. During the second Jubilee of Queen Victoria, clergy traved the royal line back to Judah. Through Kenneth MacAlpin, the line is traced to Fergus MacEurea Ferquahadd is traced through Angus the Prolitic to Tea Tephi. She is the daughter of Zedekiah, who married Hermon, which is the ancestor of the Irish and Scottish Kings. Zedekiah ius traced to Juday, Judah is traced to King Solomon, son of David. King Fegus I MacEarca reighned from 330 B.C., He was a contemporary of Alexander the Great and the King of Persia.
However, the most romantic sotry of the origin of the Stewarts is the claim of the female line. In 1301, it is related by Bisset to the Paper Court that an Egyptian Princess, by the name of Scota, is the progenitress of the Scota Pictish Kings. Scota was the daughter of the Pharaoh who was drowned in the red Sea and is said to have married Gathelus, son of Cecrops,King of Athens. Scota is said to have fled with other to Spain to escape the plaques in Eqypt. From Spain, they sailed to Ireland, later they sailed to Scotland, bringing with them the "Coronation Stone of Scone". It whould be noted the King Fergus is traced down thirty-five generations of kings to Ethus, who was the brother of Constantine, 875 A.D.
On the mainland five miles north of Holy Island, is the mouth of the River Tweed and the most historic town of Berwick Upon Tweed. The most northerly town in England, perhaps no other town in North East England has had a more eventful history than Berwick. There is no doubt that Berwick upon Tweed can claim the distinction of being the Border Town, as it has changed hands between England and Scotland thirteen times. Its history is inextricably tied up with the struggle for the Anglo Scottish frontier. An old legend is said to explain the fascinating history of Berwick;
"During the temptation while the Evil one was showing to the Holy one all the kingdoms of the earth he kept Berwick hidden beneath his thumb, wishing to reserve it as his own little nook"
Berwick with an English name meaning `Corn Farm' began as a small settlement in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, in which it remained until the Battle of Carham of 1018 when it was taken by the Scots. From then on Berwick became a hotly disputed territory. In 1174 Berwick was retaken by England in a ransom following the failure of a raid into Northumberland by the Scottish king, William the Lion.
The town returned to the northern side of the border in the reign of Richard I (1189-1199), who sold it to obtain money for the Crusades. At the beginning of the following century Berwick returned once more to England, after Richard's brother, King John sacked the town, but Berwick continued to change hands until 1482 when the town finally became part of England within which it still (technically) remains.

When the castle finally fell, surprisingly Edward let the Scots garrison flee with their lives. While Douglas was incarcerated in the "Hog's Tower". Edward's army moved on to defeat the Scots army at the battle of Dunbar (where its claimed a rogue called William Wallace stole from the bodies of the dead both Scots and English alike).The alleged stone of Destiny used to crown Scottish Kings was also stolen from Scone by the English and taken to London. Douglas under duress swore allegiance to King Edward to escape imprisonment, but later in 1297 he joined William Wallace in rebellion against the English invaders. In retaliation, his own castle of Douglas in Lanarkshire was stormed by Edward's lacky Robert Bruce (later King Robert I 1306-1329) with Douglas's wife and children, including a young man called James (later Bruce's "Good Sir James" Douglas) taken hostage and handed over to Edward's wrath. Douglas for the sake of his family surrendered and was taken to York castle in chains where he died of ill-treatment in 1302. Three years later Wallace was also captured then hung , drawn, castrated, disembowelled and beheaded for his campaign of rebellion, with his head placed on a stake above London bridge while the remaining parts of his body were sent North to Scotland for public display. Eventually one of his legs was nailed above the gatehouse of Berwick's town walls as a reminder of Edward's justice and a warning to any would-be Scots rebels living nearby.
Likely Douglas's own harrowing account of the Berwick massacre, his inability to protect the civilians and his own death at the hands of the English at York moulded young James Douglas's character into a violent, vindictive killer, whose guerilla campaign against the English earned him the title “The Black Douglas”, a token reference to his dark skin and black hair but more fully a reference to his black nature in warfare. For example he beheaded the entire English garrison in his own castle of Douglas leaving their bodies in the vaults beside spilt grain and wine before setting the castle on fire and for good measure he chopped up their horses dumping the animal parts into the castle's well along with salt to spoil the water supply. The whole event became known as the "Douglas larder".
In 1306 the Countess of Buchan was imprisoned in a cage above Berwick's town walls for the crime of crowning King Robert the Bruce. At the same time Bruce's sister Mary was held in a cage above Roxburgh castle, another Scottish monument occupied by hostile English. In 1307 Edward I died en route to invade the west of Scotland. His son Edward II lacking the military prowess of his father turned back to England, giving the Bruce and his "Good Sir James" Douglas time to gather support for their rebellion. In 1314 Douglas made an abortive assault on Berwick castle, but was successful in taking Roxburgh using the same tactics, attacking at night with specialised rope ladders. Also in that same year the Bruce defeated Edward II's army at the battle of Bannockburn, near Stirling. Edward pursued by Douglas fled to the coastal fortress of Dunbar where he and some of his men escaped by boat to the security of Berwick then still in English hands.
In 1318 Douglas captured Berwick Town and starved its castle garrison into surrender in some small way obtaining revenge for his father's death and the massacre of 1296, though the English did make several unsuccessful attempts to recapture the castle and town in 1319. In 1329 King Robert the Bruce on his deathbed insisted that after his death Douglas should cut out his heart and carry it on a pilgrimage to the holy lands. Douglas did as he was commanded, unfortunately in 1330 he only got as far as southern Spain, where he died at the battle of Teba. Legend claims Douglas realising he was going to die, tore the casket containing Bruce's heart from round his neck and threw it at the Moors crying "forward" following his friend into battle for one last time.
Douglas's body was recovered and boiled so his skeleton could be returned to Scotland along with Bruce's heart. Douglas was interred at St Brides church while Bruce's heart was taken to Melrose Abbey where it remains to this day. After 1330 the Douglas heraldry was amended with a red heart on their surcoats, shields and banners representing the King's heart and turning Douglas's death at Teba into a legend.
(In the recounting of this story, some people tell that Douglas's words in the fateful moment at Teba were, "Pass first in fight, brave heart ", from which would seem to have come the title of the mid-1990s Hollywood historical confection wherein the heart seems to have been transfered from Bruce to Wallace..... Alasdair McKay, ed.)

John Stewart * (1690 - 1782)
is our 5th great grandfather

Son of John Stewart

Son of John Stewart

Son of James Stewart

Son of James Stewart

Daughter of Noah Stewart

Son of Mary Lou Ella Stewart And Charles William Lute