Transcribed from "The Heraldry of the Stewarts, with notes on all the males of the family, descriptions of the Arms, plates and pedigrees" a rare book authored by G. Harvey Johnston.
As shown below the Stewarts of Avondale descend from the House of Albany. Walter, the second son of Duke Murdoch, had three sons, all of whom were legitmated in 1497. It is not doubted that two of these were illigitimate, but as regards the thrid son, Walter of Morphie, an effort is made in the "Sketch of the Stuarts of Castle Stuart, Ireland," to prove his legitimacy. If we admit this view the Earl of Castle Stewart is the male representative of the Stewarts. Against the legitimacy of Walter, it must be pointed out that his son Alexander (who, if his father had been legitimate, would have represented Isabel, Duchess of Albany, and suo jure Countess of Lennox, and so entitled to the great estates of the Earldom) made no claim to the Lennox estates, but supporte dthe claim of Elizabeth Menteth, a descendant of a younger sister of Countess Isabel.
Walter of Fife, the second son of [Murdoch Stewart], had three natural sons:--
(a) Andrew, Lord Avondale.
(c) Walter Stewart of Morphie
Andrew Stewart, son of Walter Stewart, was in 1459 created Lord Avondale (S.) He died without issue 1488.
Arms of Lord Avondale on Seal, 1482 -- 1.Scotland. 2. A fess chequy wiht lable of four points in chief. 3. A saltire between four roses (Lennox). 4. A lion rampant (Fife). Crest: A demi figure holding a wheel (Laing).
Walter Stewart of Morphie, son of Walter Stewart, had four sons:--
(c) John, ancestor of the Stewarts of Culbeg and Carchoile.
(d) ----, ancestor of the Stewarts of Inchbrek and Johnston.
Arms of Stewart of Inchbrek, recorded 1676. -- Gold, a fess chequy blue and sliver, betwen a lion passant in chief and a rose in base red, all within an engrailed bordure compony blue and silver. CrestL A civent cat couchant proper. Motto: "Semper paratus: (Lyon register).
Andrew Stewart appears to have succeeded his elder brother in the Barony of Avondale in 1489, but in any case he was created Lord Avondale (S.)in that year. He fell at Flodden 1513, leaving three sons:--
(b) Henry, Lord Methvne
(c) Sir James of Beith
Arms of Lord Avondale. -- 1. Scotland, 2. Stewart. 3. Lennox. 4. Fife. All within bordure compony blue and silver (Lindsay).
Major-General Robert Stuart, H.E.I.C.S, recorded Arms 1802.-- 1. and 4. Scotland. 2. Stewart, with red mullet in chief. 3. Lennox. In centre of shield a black mullet, and all within an engrailed bordure company blue and silver. Crest: A right arm issuing, grasping a sword in bend sinister proper, hilted and pommelled gold. Motto: "Deo juvante vinco." (Lyon Register)."
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