Walter Stewart, 6th High Stewart

Walter, sixth High Stewart of Scotland, was born in 1292. In conjunction with Sir James Douglas he commanded one of the divisions of the Scottish army at Bannockburn in 1314, and in the following year received from King Robert I. the hand of his daughter the Lady Marjorie, in marriage. He took part in all the principal episodes in the War of Independence against Edward II., notably in the defence of Berwick against a great English army, and acted as Regent of Scotland during King Robert's absence in Ireland. He died on 9 April 1326 at the early age of thirty-three. According to Douglas he married, as his first wife, Alice, daughter of Sir John Erskine, by whom he had a daughter Jean, married to Hugh, Earl of Ross, but there is no proof of this, and Hugh, Earl of Ross, married a sister of King Robert Bruce.

The Stewart's first wife, so far as recorded, was the Lady Marjory Bruce, by whom he had an only child-
  • 1. Robert, afterwards King Robert II.
He married, secondly, Isabel, sister of Sir John Graham of Abercorn, by whom he had two sons and a daughter:-
  • 2. Sir John of Railston or Cunninghamn, who died at a great age, leaving:-
    • (1) Sir Walter, who succeeded him.
    • (2) Sir John. Both sons seem to have died without issue.
    • (3) Marjory, married, first, to Sir Alexander Lindsay of Glenesk; and second, to Sir William Douglas of Lugton, by whom she had at least one son.
    • (4) Egidia, married to Sir Patrick Graham of Kincardine and Dundaff, and became ancestress of the Grahams, Earls of Strathearn.
    • (5) Margaret, married to Sir John Hay of Boyne and Enzie, Touch, and Tullibody. Her daughter Egidia was married before 1426 to Alexander Seton, afterwards Earl of Huntly, and became the ancestress of the Setons of Touch.
  • 3. Sir Andrew, of whose descendants, if any, there is no record.
  • 4. Egidia, who was thrice married; first, to Sir James Lindsay of Crawford; second, after October 1357, to Sir Hugh of Eglinton; and third (contract October 1378), to Sir James Douglas of Dalkeith.