The Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group

Including the Stewarts of:
Ardvorlich, Glen Buckie, Gartnafuaran, and Annat
and Their Cadet Branches and Descendants

 

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Perthshire, the Ancient County of Perth Scotland straddles both the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands - glens, lochs, mountains and open spaces in the Breadalbane, Atholl & Balquhidder

The Stewarts of Balquhidder including the principal families of Ardvorlich, Glen Buckie, Gartnafuaran, and Annat and their cadets lived in the areas of Balquhidder, Callander & the Trossachs, Loch Earn and as far south as the Blair Drummond Moss and Stirling from the 15th century to this day.  They were tacksmen or land holders under the Earls and Dukes of Atholl, Perth, Tullibardine, Moray and others.

 

The Stewarts of Balquhidder

http://www.chuckspeed.com/balquhidder/thistle2.jpgWilliam Stewart of Baldorran (in Campsie, Stirlingshire) lived during the late-15th century. He was the grandson of James Mhor Stewart, who was the only son of Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany, to survive the persecution of King James I in 1425. In 1490 William Stewart of Baldorran was appointed Royal Bailie of the Crown Lands of Balquhidder. William brought the Stewart name to Balquhidder and was the founder of our clan. The Stewarts of Ardvorlich, Glen Buckie, Gartnafuaran and Annat and all their cadet families are all descended from William.

The Stewarts of Balquhidder originated in the parish of Balquhidder but quickly spread east and south to the parishes of Callander, Comrie, Kilmadock, Kincardine-by-Doune, Aberfoyle, Port of Menteith and northern Stirlingshire.  If you are descended from a Stewart family in any of these parishes then there is about a 90% chance you belong to our clan.

For a more detailed explanation of the Stewarts of Balquhidder, their history and ancestors, their principal families, cadet branches and descendants please go to our PRINCIPAL FAMILIES PAGE.

The Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group

This website has been created to help bring together independent researchers who researching Stewart families in the Balquhidder area of Perthshire, Scotland during the 16th to 19th centuries. It was during this time period that emigration from Scotland was at an all time high. The Highlands were emptying and the Stewarts of Balquhidder were scattering across the globe. We are their descendants.

The Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group is a group of amateur volunteer part-time genealogical researchers who either descend from the Stewarts of Balquhidder or who have an interest in researching the descendants of this clan. 

We have agreed to share our research together for free so that we may all learn more about our Stewart ancestors.  We believe shared research is far more productive than individual research.  We do not pay for research and we are not available for hire as researchers.  We may be able to assist you with your research, but we cannot do your research for you.

If you are researching any of these Stewart lines, we encourage you to contact us on our DISCUSSION FORUM.  We are hopeful that through our joint research efforts, we will be able to better understand our Stewart ancestors who lived so many years ago in this wonderful part of the Highlands of Scotland.

Membership

Membership in the Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group is FREE and voluntary.  The requirements for membership are simple:

1. You must be a descendant of any branch of the Stewarts of Balquhidder OR you must have a demonstrated interest in contributing to the research of this clan.

2. You must be willing to share your research findings (related to this clan) for free with the other members of the Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group and be willing to have your research (related to this clan) published on our web site.

To become a FULL MEMBER of the Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group simply:

1. Go to our on-line DISCUSSION FORUM. (http://www.hostmybb.com/phpbb/index.php?mforum=stewart)

2. Register for the forum.  It is FREE and takes only a minute.

3. Go to the “Introduce Yourself Here” section.

4. Post a message introducing yourself and how you believe you are connected to the Stewarts of Balquhidder (we don’t require proof) or what you believe you can contribute to our research, and request to be upgraded to full member status.  One of the Forum Administrators will review your request and respond accordingly (usually within 48 hours).

NON-MEMBERS are welcome to view the discussions on the Discussion Forum and may contribute in the non-members section.  Non-members must still register on the Discussion Forum in order to post.  Non-members can view, but cannot post, in the members research area of the Discussion Forum.

FULL MEMBERS also have access to the PRIVATE MEMBERS-ONLY area of the Discussion Forum for private discussions that are not visible to non-members.

History of the Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group

The Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group was founded in 2002 by Chuck Speed and Ryk Brown.  Chuck and Ryk “met” on-line in the summer of 2002 while researching their common ancestry and agreed that it would be mutually beneficial to share their research.  Over the next few months they met other fellow descendants and began to work together via email.  In November 2002 this web-site was launched as a single page with an invitation to other researchers to join the group.  Over the ensuing years the site has grown to 100 pages of information and over 60 fellow researchers from all over the world!

By the summer of 2007 the breadth of our discussions and the size of our group had outgrown the confines of group emails and in August 2007 The Stewarts of Balquhidder DISCUSSION FORUM was launched as a more efficient method for discussing our Stewart research.

Chuck Speed is a retired former Human Resources Director for the City of Amarillo, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas. He is a descendant of Patrick Stewart of Ledcreich who first immigrated from Ledcreich, Balquhidder, Perthshire, Scotland to the Cape Fear area of the North Carolina colony in America in 1739.

Ryk Brown is a former Presbyterian pastor from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is descended from Robert Stewart in St. Fillans, of the Stewarts of Dalveich, whose widow and children fled The Clearances to immigrate to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1834.

Credit and Acknowledgement for Research Contributions

We practice the principle of “collective” research.  Any research you contribute to our project will become the property of the whole group.  We do not, and will never, sell our research for profit.  We publish primarily on this website but on occasion our members may contribute papers or articles to various other publications.  Because of the nature of shared, collective research it is impossible to give individual credit for specific individual contributions via the Discussion Forum.  The “author” of our research is deemed to be the group as a whole.  The web-masters and forum administrators are merely editors.  We do not claim authorship of the group’s work.  However if you contribute a specific and complete report to the group then your report will be published in our Reports Section (below) and you will be given full and sole credit for your work.

As a member you are welcome to write and publish your own papers or books related to your own Stewart family.  However we request that you cite our website as one of your sources and please do not claim personal credit for collective research.

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Site Map

Main Page:
Stewarts of Balquhidder Research Group Home Page

Discussion Forum:
Stewarts of Balquhidder Discussion Forum

Principal Families, Cadet Branches and Descendants:
Stewarts of Balquhidder Principal Families

1.         Stewarts of Ardvorlich

2.         Stewarts of Glenbuckie

3.         Stewarts of Gartnafuaran

4.         Stewarts of Annat

Searchable On-Line Database and GEDCOM:
Ryk Brown's Index and Online Database

This searchable database includes most (but not quite all) of the documented male-line descendants of the Stewarts of Balquhidder up to the point of emigration from Scotland.  It does not include descendants outside of Scotland (except for Ryk’s own branch). Please note this database includes other families that Ryk is also researching which may be of no relation to our Stewarts.

Research Resources

Please note that for some parish and census records below you may find more than one set of transcriptions independently transcribed by different volunteers that appear to be duplicates.  Some old parish records can be extremely difficult to read.  These “duplicate” transcriptions allow you to see how two different sets of eyes read the same entries and can be an invaluable resource when trying to interpret obscure entries. However we do encourage all researchers to view the films for themselves and make your own determination.

Old Parish Register (OPR) Transcriptions

Aberfoyle and Port of Menteith - Stewart Baptisms

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

Balquhidder Parish – Stewart Baptisms

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Balquhidder Parish – Stewart Baptisms (partial transcription)

Submitted by Kelsey Williams

Balquhidder Parish –Stewart Marriages

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Balquhidder Parish – Stewart Births & Marriages Arranged by Family & Location

Submitted by Fiona Truncik and  Ryk Brown

Balquhidder Parish – Kirk Session Records - All Stewart Mentions

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Callander Parish - Stewart Births 1710-1853.

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Callander Parish – Stewart Birth 1710-1772

Submitted by Susan Sauve

Callander Parish - Stewart Marriages 1710-1819.

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Comrie Parish – Stewart Births

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Fortingall Parish – Stewart Births 1750-1874

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Kilmadock Parish – Stewart Baptisms 1623-1680 sorted by Father (Stewart) and Year of Birth

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

Kilmadock Parish – Stewart Births 1820-1832  

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Kilmadock Parish – Stewart Marriages - Volume 5

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Kilmadock Parish – Stewart Marriages 1791-1819

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Kilmadock Parish – Stewart Births-Baptisms 1791-1819

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Kilmadock Parish – Stewart Baptisms 1734-1791

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Kilmadock Parish  – Stewart Marriages 1734-1791

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Kilmadock Parish Register – Stewart Surnames 1623-1648

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Kincardine Parish – Stewart Baptisms

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Kincardine Parish – Stewart Marriages

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Kincardine Parish – Stewart Births & Marriages Arranged by Family & Location

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Kincardine Parish – Births & Marriages – Other Surnames, Arranged by Families (All Buchanan, Lennox, McGibbon, McGowan, McLaren, McNaughtan, Stewart Families)

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Stewart Births in Muthill 1690-1800

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Comrie Parish – Stewart Baptisms 1693-1819

Submitted by Ryk Brown

Comrie Parish – Stewart Marriages – in progress

In progress by Ryk Brown

Comrie Parish – Kirk Session Records – in progress

In progress by Ryk Brown

Comrie Parish – Stewart Births & Marriages Arranged by Family & Location – in progress

In progress by Ryk Brown

Port of Menteith Parish – Stewart Births – in progress

In progress by Malcolm S. Gray

Aberfoyle Parish – Stewart Births & Marriages

Volunteer needed

Kilmadock Parish – Stewart Births & Baptisms – Pre-1820

Volunteer needed

Census Transcriptions

1814 Kincardine Parish - Blair Drummond Moss Census. For Census Maps, click here.
Click here to read or download this transcription in Word.

Submitted by Anne Danielson

1832 Balquhidder Electoral Roll

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

1841 Census – Balquhidder Parish

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

1841 Census – Callander Parish.

Submitted by Colin Whitehead

1851 Census – Balquhidder Parish (District 1).

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

1851 Census – Balquhidder Parish (District 2).

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

1851 Census – Balquhidder Parish (District 3).

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

1851 Census – Balquhidder Parish (District 1, 2 & 3)

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

1851 Census – Fortingall Parish

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

1851 Census – Kilmadock Parish.

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

1851 Census – Kilmadock Parish & Port Mentieth Parish.

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

1851 Census – Kippen Parish

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Monumental (Grave) Transcriptions

Monumental Inscriptions for Stewarts in Southern Perthshire.

Also click here to read or download this transcription in Word.

Submitted by Ryk Brown and Malcolm S. Gray

Kincardine Cemetery Inscriptions of Interest

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Stewarts of the South

Stewarts of the South, ca. 1815-1820 – Original Transcription by James Irvine Robertson

Stewarts of the South Document Analysis Introduction

1.      Section I - Ardvorlich

2.      Section II - Glenbuckie

3.      Section III - Gartnafuaran

4.      Section IV - Miscellany

Maps

The Braes of Balquhidder – Township Maps

Other Resources

Stewart Clan Magazine – References to Balquhidder Stewarts. Also click here to read or download this transcription in Word.

Transcribed and commented by Jared Olar and edited and commented by Ryk Brown

Genealogy of Patrick Stewart of Ledcreich transcribed by his son, Charles Stewart, in 1763; published in The American Historical Register (1894-1895). Click here to read or download in Word or click here to read or download in Adobe Reader.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

Dunblane Commissariat Records – Index to Stewart Testatments

Submitted by Ryk Brown and Malcolm S. Gray

Dunblane Commissariat Records – Stewart Testaments 1539 to 1800. Click here to read or download in Word or click here to read or download in Adobe Reader.

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Statistics of Annexed (Jacobite) Estates 1755-56 and Reports on the Annexed Estates.

Transcribed by Anne Danielson

Stewart – Steuart Scottish Court Documents

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Excerpts from Duncan Stewart's Genealogy (1739)

Submitted by Kelsey Williams

Balquhidder and Lochearn Area Research Links: other helpful web sites.

Submitted by Ryk Brown

Extract of Balquhidder Cemetery Names

Submitted by Chuck Speed

Account of Mrs. Stewart of Milton given to John McGregor 5 OCT 1907

Scanned by Anne Danielson and Transcribed by Ryk Brown

The Belfry – Summer 2008. A newsletter published twice yearly by the The Friends of Balquhidder Church Association.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

The Belfry – December 2008. A newsletter published twice yearly by the The Friends of Balquhidder Church Association.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

 

The Belfry – Summer 2009. A newsletter published twice yearly by the The Friends of Balquhidder Church Association.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

The Belfry – Summer 2011. A newsletter published twice yearly by the The Friends of Balquhidder Church Association.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

 

Family Descendant Reports

Descendants of James Mhor Stewart of Albany, son of Murdock Stewart and Isabel of Lennox.
Also, refer to Chuck's searchable Stewart web site here.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

Descendants of James Stewart, 4th Laird of Ardvorlich.

Submitted by Malcolm Sissons

Stewarts of Gartnafueran.

Submitted by Jared Olar

The Stewarts of Blairgarry and the Stuiartich a-Bhaid, Gartnafueran Stewarts.

Submitted by Jared Olar and Belinda Dettmann

The Stewarts of Glenogle, Fifth Branch of the Stewarts of Gartnafuaran.

Submitted by Jared Olar

The Portnellan Stewarts, Branch Seven of Gartnafuaran family.

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

Descent from John Stewart in Brackland, Branch Eight of Gartnafuaran family.

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

The Gartnafueran Connection, Balquhidder Stewarts.

Submitted by Jared Olar

Journal Report for Robert Stewart (1733-1818) and Three Generations of Descendants

Submitted by Susan Sauve

Branch V of the Stewarts of Glenbucky, Descendants of Duncan Stewart, 5th Laird of Glenbuckie, in Lorrachan and Edraleachdach via his great grandson James Mac Alastir Stewart.

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

Stewarts of Annat.

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

Descendants of John Bahn Stewart.

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Descendants of Robert Stewart of Glenfinglas.

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Descendants of Archibald Stewart.

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Stewarts of Ledcreich.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

Walter 'Valter nan Cliugh' STEWART

Submitted by Don MacArthur

Descendants of John Stewart (VI Branch) Slioch Valter nan Cliugh of Glenbuckie

Submitted by Don MacArthur

Stewarts of Lianach

Submitted by Don MacArthur

Descendants of Robert Stewart circa 1675

Submitted by Nell Lambert

Descendants of John and Jeanette Stewart of Wilkinson, MS

Submitted by Kevin James

Articles

Possible Highland Stewart Migrations.

Submitted by Ryk Brown and Belinda Dettmann

Ancestors of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich, Lochearnside and Lochearn.

Submitted by Ryk Brown

Plantagenet to Stewart of Glenbuckie.

Submitted by Jared Olar

Graham-Stewart families in South_Perthshire,

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

The Blackhall Connection, Gartnafueran Stewarts.

Submitted by Jared Olar

Did Robert Stewart, Covenanter, (1655-1714) have a son named Alexander?

Submitted by Jared Olar

Preliminary Stewart DNA analysis. This is a Word document that can either be read or downloaded.

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

All R1b Stewart DNA 37 markers.  Draft 1

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

All R1b Stewart DNA 67 markers - Aug 2009. This is a Word document that can either be read or downloaded. Draft 2

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

All R1b Stewart DNA 67 markers - Aug 2009. Draft 2

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

All R1b Stewart DNA 67 markers - Aug 2010. Draft 3

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

All R1b Stewart DNA 67 markers - May 2011. Draft 4

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

DNA of Ancient Stewart DescendantsNov 2010. This is a Word document that can either be read or downloaded.

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

DNA of Ancient Stewart Descendants Nov 2010.

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

DNA of Ancient Stewart Descendants - May 2011

Submitted by Belinda Dettmann

The Stewarts of Appin (1880). This file opens with Adobe Reader.

Submitted by Rebecca Toupal

Descendants of Robert Buchanan Of Trean Of Leny. Also see Prelude to Buchanans of Trean (many of whom married Stewarts of Balquhidder)

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Stewart Ancestry documents found in the Brown family bible.  (No relation to Ryk Brown)

Submitted by Chuck Speed

Origins of Stewarts of Scotland; early lineage of House of Stewart.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

Origins of Bruce of Scotland; early lineage of House of Robert Bruce.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

An Early Description of Ardvorlich in 1853 by John Bernard Burke.

Submitted by Kelsey Williams

Ancestors of Sir James Stewart

Submitted by Kelsey Williams

"The Moss Lairds" by Archie MacKerracher

Submitted by Ryk Brown

A letter from an American immigrant in Scotland by Charles Stuart.

Submitted by Chuck Speed

A description of the Caddell pistols manufactured in Doune - excerpted from an auction inventory of items in the possession of the Earl of Moray, ca. 1745.  

Submitted by John Rae

Photographs

Balquhidder Photos by Fiona Truncik taken 2006

Submitted by Fiona Truncik

Ardvorlich, Upper Strathearn, Loch Earn, Balquhidder, Stirling

Submitted by Ryk Brown

A 1720 Balquhidder Parish Communion Token

Submitted by Chuck Speed

A Photo of the First Gaelic Bible by Nora Yahl.

Submitted by Nora Yahl

 

            Non-Stewart Resources That May Be of Value to Other Researchers

Note: These files are in Adobe Reader format (.pdf) and are large. They may take a while to open. Be patient.        

Origin and Descent of the Highland Clans and the Family of Buchanan (1820)

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

Biggar and the House of Fleming (second edition 1867)

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

County of Renfrew History (1905)

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

The Commissariat Record of Edinburgh - Registar of Testaments (1514-1600)

Submitted by Malcolm S. Gray

 

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Chuck Speed

 

Chuck’s Web Site: http://chuckspeed.com

 

Ryk Brown

 

Ryk’s Web Site: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rykbrown

 

Visit our Stewarts of Balquhidder Forum also.

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Memorial to Malcolm Stuart Gray

 

With sorrow, we announce the passing of our fellow Stewart researcher and friend, Malcolm Gray.

He passed away on August 9, 2013. He was a kind spirit and a dedicated genealogist. You may see

his obituary here.

 

 

 

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Memorial to Margaret Kennedy

We are saddened to learn that our fellow Stewart researcher and friend, Margaret Kennedy, passed away on December 8, 2006. She will be missed by all of us.