NameLord Henry STEWART Of Methven , M
Birth Dateabt 1495
Birth PlaceAvandale, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1552
Spouses
Marr Dateabt 1520
ChildrenJohn , M (~1521-1547)
Birth Date28 Nov 1489
Birth PlaceWestminster Palace, London, England
Chr Date30 Nov 1489
Chr PlaceWestminster, London, England
Chr MemoSt. Margaret’s Church
Death Date18 Oct 1541
Death PlaceMethven Castle, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Burial Date1541
Burial PlacePerth, Perthshire, Scotland
Burial MemoCarthusain Church
Marr Date2 Apr 1528
ChildrenDorothea [?] , F (~1529-~1529)
Birth Dateabt 1505
Birth PlaceAtholl, Perthshire, Scotland
FatherEarl John STEWART 2nd Of Atholl , M (~1476-~1521)
MotherLady Janet CAMPBELL Of Argyll , F (~1491-~1546)
Marr Datebef 4 Nov 1544
Marr PlaceMethven, Lanarkshire, Scotland
ChildrenJohanna / Janet , F (~1540-<1574)
 Dorothea , F (<1541-)
 Henry , M (~1542-1571)
 Jean , F (~1543-)
 Margaret , F (~1544-1627)
Notes for Lord Henry STEWART Of Methven
[Lord Andrew] married, before 4 February 1499-1500, Margaret, daughter of John, second Lord Kennedy,

by whom he had issue:

1. Andrew, his successor

2. Henry, created Lord Methven after his marriage with the Queen-Dowager, Margaret Tudor.

3. Sir James Stewart of Beith, ancestor of the Lords of Doune.
4. Alexander, ‘frater germanus’ of Andrew, Lord Ochiltree, 27 June 1541.
5. William, brother german of Henry, Lord Methven, 18 July 1548. He married Isobel Ker.
6. Barbara, married, first, before 1535, to Sir James Sinclair of Sandy, Governor of Kirkwall; secondly, in 1541, to Roderick Macleod of Lewes. As ‘Lady Barbara Stewart’ she acquired the island of Burray in Orkney from Bishop Adam Bothwell, paying yearly ‘62 li. 6s. 8d, 24 cunningis and 24 maiss of stra.’
7. Agnes, married, as his second wife, to John Boswell of Auchinleck.
8. Anne, married to Bartholomew Crawfurd of Carse.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 510-11.
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Lord Methven

Henry Stewart was born about the year 1495, the second son of Andrew, Lord Avandale and Margaret the daughter of John, the second Lord Kennedy of Blairquhan. His older brother was Andrew, Lord Ochiltree.

Henry married first Lady Leslie and had a child, John Stewart, who was the Master of Methven, and had received a pardon for "holding heretical opinions". John was killed at the Battle of Pinkie on September 10, 1547. Whatever happened to his mother, Lady Leslie, whether divorced or death occurred is not known.

Henry was a known supporter of the Earl of Arran against Angus in 1524. Angus (Archibald Douglas, the 6th Earl of Angus), was the husband of his next wife, the Queen-Dowager Margaret Tudor. She was the sister of Henry VIII, the King of England, and the widow of King James IV, the King of Scotland, and the mother of King James V.

The Queen was in the midst of troubles with the Earl of Angus, when she became attracted to Henry Stewart. Henry held the office of Master Carver to the King, when she promoted him as Treasurer, Lord Chancellor and Keeper of the Seal, and he became very influential over the Queen-Dowager. She worked for a time in getting a divorce from Angus, and finally in December 1527, she received word that the divorce had been finalized. Queen Margaret and Henry Stewart were then married on April 2, 1528, after which Angus placed Henry in temporary imprisonment. After Angus' fall from power, King James V released Henry, and made his mother and new step-father his main advisors. Then on July 17, he gave them the lands of Methven, Perthshire and Stewart, and created for him the title LORD METHVEN, and created a barony to be called the Lordship of Methven. He also received the grant for many other lands such as Cockburnspath and Berkwickshire (September 20, 1528), Ardety and Perthshire (January 5, 1530-1), and the lands of Galashiels, Mossilie and Selkirkshire (January 6, 1535-6).

Lord Methven was also made the "Master of the Ordinaunce and Sherif of Linlitheu by inheritance".

Queen Dowager Margaret and Lord Methven, had a child (possibly named Dorothea Stewart), who died in infancy.

Lord Methven soon grew into disfavor with his wife over her ideas that he had "spent her lands and profits on his own kin and brought her into debt of 8,000 marks."
This she wrote to her brother Henry VIII of England along with "the King, my son, supports Meffen as my husband in possession of my lands." Just before her divorce was ready for public pronunciation, King James V commanded it to be stopped.

Margaret died October 18, 1541 of palsy at Methven Castle and was buried in the Carthusain Church at Perth.

Lord Methven, prior to November 4, 1544, married his third wife, Lady Janet Stewart (the Countess of Sutherland), the eldest daughter of John Stewart the second Earl of Atholl and Janet, the daughter of Archibald Campbell the second Earl of Argyll. She was previously married to Alexander Gordon, Master of Sutherland and Sir Hugh Kennedy of Girvanmains. Lady Janet was "celebrated for her beauty and profligacy".

By Lady Janet, Lord Methven had four or five children all born prior to their marriage,

1. Henry (the second Lord Methven),
2. Johanna,
3. Dorothea,
4. Jean (possible) and
5. Margaret.

A) Johanna, (Janet in some records), married Colin Campbell on October 14, 1551, the sixth Earl of Argyll and had no children. She had been granted the lands of Balquhidder by her father, just prior to his death.

B) Dorothea married August 17, 1561 to William Ruthven, the fourth Lord Ruthven and Dirleton, the first Earl of Gowrie. Convicted of treason in trying to seize King James VI, he was executed at Sterling on May 28, 1584. …

C) Jean, contracted to marry Patrick Wood of Bonnytown on August 17, 1560.

D) Margaret, married first, prior to 1566, Andrew Stewart, Master of Ochiltree and second to Uchtred Macdowal of Garthland.

Charters were given to Lord Methven and Jonet Stewart his wife,
- lands of Gorthy, June 5th, 1545, to him and his wife, of the Lordship of Methven, February 18, 1547-48, and
- to him, Lady Janet Stewart and Henry his son, of the same lordship and the lands of Gorthy, October 10, 1551.

Henry Stewart, the first Lord Methven died soon after this.

His widow, Janet Stewart married for the fourth time, Patrick, Lord Ruthvin, April 9, 1557, who chartered of the lands of Strathbran, in Perthshire in March 10, 1557-8. It is believed that Janet married 5th James Gray, son of Gilbert Gray of Foulis.

Source: Methven Online - http://www.tmethvin.com/methvin/hstewart.html
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Notes for Margaret (Spouse 2)
Margaret Tudor (28 November 1489 – 18 October 1541), also known as Margaret, Queen of Scots, born at Westminster Palace, was the elder of the two surviving daughters of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, and the elder sister of Henry VIII. In 1503, she married James IV, King of Scots. James died in 1513, and their son became King James V.

Children of Margaret and James
It is reported that the marriage between James and Margaret was one of strong affection. The couple had six children, of whom only one survived infancy:
James, Duke of Rothesay (21 February 1507, Holyrood Palace – 27 February 1508, Stirling Castle).
Daughter (died shortly after birth 15 July 1508, Holyrood Palace).
Arthur Stewart, Duke of Rothesay (20 October 1509, Holyrood Palace – 14 July 1510, Edinburgh Castle).
James V (10 April 1512, Linlithgow Palace - 14 December 1542, Falkland Palace).
Daughter (died shortly after birth November 1512, Holyrood Palace).
Alexander Stewart, Duke of Ross (30 April 1514, Stirling Castle – 18 December 1515, Stirling Castle).

She married secondly Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus.

Through her first and second marriages, respectively, Margaret was the grandmother of both Mary, Queen of Scots, and Mary's second husband, Lord Darnley. Margaret's marriage to James IV foreshadowed the Union of the Crowns - their great-grandson, King James VI of Scotland, the child of Mary and Darnley, also became the king of England and Ireland on the death of Margaret's fraternal niece, Elizabeth I of England in 1603. ...

Source: Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Tudor
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In personal appearance and chivalrous demeanour, if not in intellect, the new earl already gave promise of fitness for rule and discharge of the obligations of his station. With Huntly, Arran, and Archbishop Beaton, he was appointed to advise Queen Margaret in her guardianship of James V, her child of eighteen months.

Margaret bore a second and short-lived prince, Alexander, in April 1514, after which her brother, Henry VIII of England, set diplomacy to work to obtain her another husband, seeking first the emperor Maximilian, and next, Louis XII of France. But Margaret Todor was no weak puppet; she preferred to play her own cards, and led an honour which set the tables awry for many a year to come ... she chose her own mate in the person of the handsome young Earl of Angus. He was a widower - she a widow - of less than a year’s standing; but no conventional ideas of etiquette were allowed to interfere, and they were married on 6th August 1514. ...

Source: A HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF DOUGLAS. by The Right Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell, in two volumes, Volume 2, London, 1902, p. 65.
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... in 1513, on 6 August 1514 the new Earl of Angus married the dowager queen and regent, Margaret Tudor, widow of James IV, mother of two-year-old James V, and elder sister of Henry VIII of England. The marriage stirred up the jealousy of the nobles and the opposition of the faction supporting French influence in Scotland. Civil war broke out, and Margaret lost the regency to John Stewart, Duke of Albany.

Angus withdrew to his estates in Forfarshire, while Albany besieged the queen at Stirling and got possession of the royal children; then he joined Margaret after her flight at Morpeth, and on her departure for London returned and made his peace with Albany in 1516. He met her once more at Berwick in June 1517, when Margaret returned to Scotland on Albany's departure in vain hopes of regaining the regency.

Meanwhile, during Margaret's absence, Angus had become involved with a daughter of the Laird of Traquair. Angus had a daughter named Lady Janet Douglas with Lady Jane of Traquair, Douglas seized some property to his then wife Margaret Tudor, an estate at Newark and proceeded to live in it openly with his wife and illegitimate child. Margaret however was more annoyed with Douglas over his seizure and usage of her dower income as dowager queen of Scotland more so than the birth of his illegitimate daughter. Margaret avenged his neglect of her by refusing to support his claims for power and by secretly trying through Albany to get a divorce. In Edinburgh Angus held his own against the attempts of the Earl of Arran, to dislodge him. But the return of Albany in 1521, with whom Margaret now sided against her husband, deprived him of power. The regent took the government into his own hands; Angus was charged with high treason in December, and in March 1522 was sent practically a prisoner to France, whence he succeeded in escaping to London in 1524.

He returned to Scotland in November with promises of support from Henry VIII, with whom he made a close alliance. Margaret, however, refused to have anything to do with her husband. On the 23rd, therefore, Angus forced his way into Edinburgh, but was fired upon by Margaret and retreated to Tantallon Castle.

He now organized a large party of nobles against Margaret with the support of Henry VIII, and in February 1525 they entered Edinburgh and called a parliament. Angus was made a Lord of the Articles, was included in the Council of regency, bore the king's crown on the opening of the session, and with Archbishop Beaton held the chief power.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archibald_Douglas,_6th_Earl_of_Angus
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Margaret, Countess of Lennox, was his [Angus’] only child by Margaret, Queen of Scotts;

Source: THE DOUGLAS BOOK, by William Fraser, C.B., LL.D, Vol. II, Edinburgh 1885, pp. 127-8.
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Henry [Stewart - later of Methven] was a known supporter of the Earl of Arran against Angus in 1524. Angus (Archibald Douglas, the 6th Earl of Angus), was the husband of his next wife, the Queen-Dowager Margaret Tudor. She was the sister of Henry VIII, the King of England, and the widow of King James IV, the King of Scotland, and the mother of King James V.

The Queen was in the midst of troubles with the Earl of Angus, when she became attracted to Henry Stewart. Henry held the office of Master Carver to the King, when she promoted him as Treasurer, Lord Chancellor and Keeper of the Seal, and he became very influential over the Queen-Dowager. She worked for a time in getting a divorce from Angus, and finally in December 1527, she received word that the divorce had been finalized. Queen Margaret and Henry Stewart were then married on April 2, 1528, after which Angus placed Henry in temporary imprisonment.

After Angus' fall from power, King James V released Henry, and made his mother and new step-father his main advisors. Then on July 17, he gave them the lands of Methven, Perthshire and Stewart, and created for him the title LORD METHVEN, and created a barony to be called the Lordship of Methven. He also received the grant for many other lands such as Cockburnspath and Berkwickshire (September 20, 1528), Ardety and Perthshire (January 5, 1530-1), and the lands of Galashiels, Mossilie and Selkirkshire (January 6, 1535-6). Lord Methven was also made the "Master of the Ordinaunce and Sherif of Linlitheu by inheritance".

Queen Dowager Margaret and Lord Methven, had a child (possibly named Dorothea Stewart), who died in infancy.

Lord Methven soon grew into disfavor with his wife over her ideas that he had "spent her lands and profits on his own kin and brought her into debt of 8,000 marks."
This she wrote to her brother Henry VIII of England along with "the King, my son, supports Meffen as my husband in possession of my lands." Just before her divorce was ready for public pronunciation, King James V commanded it to be stopped.

Margaret died October 18, 1541 of palsy at Methven Castle and was buried in the Carthusain Church at Perth.

Source: Methven Online - http://www.tmethvin.com/methvin/hstewart.html
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Notes for Janet (Spouse 3)
He [Earl John] married Janet, daughter of Archibald Campbell, second Earl of Argyll, who survived him, and died about Candlemass 1545-46.

Had issue:


1. John, third Earl.

2. Janet, married, first, about 1520, to Alexander Gordon, Master of Sutherland, …

3. Helen, married to John, fifth Lord Lindsay of the Byres. …
4. Jean, married, August, 1507, to James Arbuthnott of that Ilk.
5. Elizabeth, stated to have been married to colin Mackenzie of Kintail.
6. Isobel, stated to have been married to James Hering of Lethendy.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol I, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 443.
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Janet, married,

(1) first, about 1520, to Alexander Gordon, Master of Sutherland;
(2) secondly, before 1532, to Sir Hugh Kennedy of Girvanmains;
(3) thirdly, before 1544, to Henry Stewart, Lord Methven;
(4) Fourthly, in 1557, to Patrick, Lord Ruthven.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol I, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 443..
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He [Alexander] married Janet Stewart, eldest daughter of John Stewart, second Earl of Atholl, and Janet Campbell, his wife. The marriage probably took place about 16 June 1520, though Sir Robert Gordon refers it to the year 1518.

The Master had issue:

1. John, tenth Earl of Sutherland.
2. Alexander Gordon, who in May 1547 received a charter from Thomas Stewart of Kintessok, …
3. William, who is named in Sir Robert Gordon’s History, but of whom nothing more has been discovered.
4. Janet, married to Sir Patrick Dunbar of Westfield and Cumnock.
5. Beatrice, married to William Sinclair of Dunbeath.

The Mistress of Sutherland survived the Master, and married,
(2) secondly, Sir Hew Kennedy of Girvanmains before May 1532;
(3) thirdly, before November 1544, Henry [Stewart], Lord Methven; and
(4) fourthly, about 1557, Patrick, Lord Ruthven, having issue to each husband.

According to sir Robert Gordon, her
(5) fifth husband was James Gray, son to Lord Gray of Foulis, without issue.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VIII , Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 338-39.
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Lord Methven, prior to November 4, 1544, married his third wife, Lady Janet Stewart (the Countess of Sutherland), the eldest daughter of John Stewart the second Earl of Atholl and Janet, the daughter of Archibald Campbell the second Earl of Argyll. She was previously married to Alexander Gordon, Master of Sutherland and Sir Hugh Kennedy of Girvanmains. Lady Janet was "celebrated for her beauty and profligacy".

By Lady Janet, Lord Methven had four or five children all born prior to their marriage,

1. Henry (the second Lord Methven),
2. Johanna,
3. Dorothea,
4. Jean (possible) and
5. Margaret.

A) Johanna, (Janet in some records), married Colin Campbell on October 14, 1551, the sixth Earl of Argyll and had no children. She had been granted the lands of Balquhidder by her father, just prior to his death.

B) Dorothea married August 17, 1561 to William Ruthven, the fourth Lord Ruthven and Dirleton, the first Earl of Gowrie. Convicted of treason in trying to seize King James VI, he was executed at Sterling on May 28, 1584.

He and Dorothea had:

1) James Ruthven the second Earl of Gowrie, restored to his estate and honors in 1586 and died in 1588 age 14.
2) John the third Earl of Gowrie, killed August 5, 1600 with brother Alexander and
3) Alexander, who was killed at Perth on August 5, 1600 after an unsuccessful attempt on King James VI,
4) William Ruthven who was famous for his work in chemistry
5) Patrick, an eminent physician who was confined to the Tower of London until his releas in 1619,
6) Lady Margaret who was married to James the fourth Earl of Montrose and mother of the first Marquis,
7) Lady Mary, married 1st John fifth Earl of Atholl and the John Lord Innermeath, later Earl of Atholl,
8) Lady Sophia, who married Ludovick the second Duke of Lennox,
9) Lady Jean, who married James Lord Ogilvy of Airly
10) Lady Beatix married to Sir John Home of Coldingknows
11) Lady Isabel, married first Sir Robert Gordon of Lochinvar and second George first Lord Loudoun. and
12) Lady Dorothea who married James Wemyss of Pittencrieff.

C) Jean, contracted to marry Patrick Wood of Bonnytown on August 17, 1560.
D) Margaret, married first, prior to 1566, Andrew Stewart, Master of Ochiltree and second to Uchtred Macdowal of Garthland.

Charters were given to Lord Methven and Jonet Stewart his wife,
- lands of Gorthy, June 5th, 1545, to him and his wife, of the Lordship of Methven, February 18, 1547-48, and
- to him, Lady Janet Stewart and Henry his son, of the same lordship and the lands of Gorthy, October 10, 1551.

Henry Stewart, the first Lord Methven died soon after this.

His widow, Janet Stewart married for the fourth time, Patrick, Lord Ruthvin, April 9, 1557, who chartered of the lands of Strathbran, in Perthshire in March 10, 1557-8. It is believed that Janet married 5th James Gray, son of Gilbert Gray of Foulis.

Source: Methven Online - http://www.tmethvin.com/methvin/hstewart.html
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