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Birthplace: Lennox Hills, Dunbartonshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: September 04, 1526 (27-35)
Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland (United Kingdom) (murdered by John Hamilton of Finnart )
Place of Burial: Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox and Elizabeth Hamilton, Countess of Lennox
Husband of Elizabeth Stewart
Father of Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox; Robert Stuart, 1st Earl of March; John Stewart, 5th Lord of Aubigny and Helen Stewart
Brother of Margaret Stewart; Elizabeth Stewart; Mungo Stewart; Agnes Stewart; Katherine Stewart and 1 other
Half brother of Janet Stewart

Occupation: 3rd Earl of Lennox
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About John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Lennox

John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Lennox



JOHN Stewart, son of Sir ALAN Stewart of Darnley & his wife Catherine Seton ([8 Jul/11 Sep] 1495). Lord Darnley 1460. Lord Darnley claimed the Earldom of Lennox in 1473, as the heir of Elizabeth daughter of Duncan Earl of Lennox, whom he claimed (wrongly it appears) was the Earl's second daughter. The claim was disputed by Sir John Haldane of Gleneagles, whose wife was descended from Elizabeth's older sister Margaret, in whose favour the king and the Lords of the Council found 12 Jan 1476. However, a settlement was presumably reached as Lord Darnley eventually took his seat in the parliament of 1488 as Earl of Lennox[731].

m (1438) MARGARET Montgomerie, daughter of ALEXANDER 1 st Lord Montgomerie & his wife Margaret Boyd of Kilmarnock.

John & his wife had ten children:

1. MATTHEW (-killed in battle Flodden 9 Sep 1513). 11th Earl of Lennox.

m firstly MARGARET Lyle, daughter of ROBERT Lord Lyle & his wife ---.

m secondly (contract 9 Apr 1494) ELIZABETH Hamilton, daughter of JAMES Lord Hamilton & his second wife Lady Mary Stewart (of Scotland) (-after Apr 1531). Matthew & his second wife had six children:

a) JOHN (-murdered [Linlithgow] 4 Sep 1526). 12th Earl of Lennox.

- see below.

b) MUNGO . 1521/22.

c) MARGARET . m firstly JOHN 2nd Lord Fleming . m secondly ALEXANDER Douglas of Mains.

d) ELIZABETH . m HUGH Campbell of Loudun.

e) AGNES . m WILLIAM Edmonstone of Dundreath.

f) JANET (-before 1529). m as his first wife, NINIAN 3rd Lord Ross, (-1556).

2. Sir WILLIAM (-before 1503). Seigneur d'Olzon et de Grey.

3. ALEXANDER (-before 1508).

4. Sir ROBERT Stuart (-1543). Seigneur d'Aubigny, Marshal of France, Comte de Beaumont-le-Roger.

m firstly (1499) ANNE Stuart Ctss de Beaumont-le-Roger, daughter of BERNARD Stuart Seigneur d'Aubigny Duc de Terranuova & his second wife Anne de Maumont Ctss de Beaumont-le-Roger (-before 1527).

m secondly JACQUELINE de la Queulle, daughter and co-heiress of FRANÇOIS Seigneur de la Queulle & his wife ---.

5. Sir JOHN of Henriestonn (-1512). Seigneur d'Oizon. Rector of Kirkenner.

m firstly (before 1486) MARY Sempill, daughter of THOMAS Sempill of Eliotstown & his wife ---.

m secondly as her second husband, ANNE de Concressault, widow of --- Monypenny, daughter of ALEXANDER Seigneur de Concressault & his wife ---. Sir John & his first wife had one child:

a) MARGARET . m JOHN Fraser of Kuoik in Ayrshire.

6. ELIZABETH . m ARCHIBALD 2nd Earl of Argyll (-killed in battle 1513).

7. MARION . m (1472) ROBERT Crichton of Kinnoull 1st Lord Crichton.

8. JANET . m NINIAN 2nd Lord Ross of Halkhead (-1556).

9. ELIZABETH . m ([1480]) Sir JOHN Colquhon of Luss.

10. ALAN of Cardonald . m ---. The name of Alan´s wife is not known.

JOHN Stuart, son of MATTHEW Stuart 11th Earl of Lennox & his second wife Elizabeth Hamilton (-murdered [Linlithgow] 4 Sep 1526). 12th Earl of Lennox.

m ([1511/12]) as her first husband, ELIZABETH Stewart, 8th daughter of JOHN Stewart 1st Earl of Atholl & his second wife Eleanor Sinclair .

John & his wife had four children:

1. MATTHEW Stuart (Dunbarton Castle 21 Sep 1516-murdered Stirling 4 Sep 1571, bur Stirling). 13th Earl of Lennox.

- see below.

2. ROBERT Stuart (-St Andrew´s 29 Aug 1586). Bishop of Caithness 1543. Earl of Lennox 1578-1579. Earl of March 1579-1580. m (5 Dec 1578, divorced 19 May 1581) as her second husband, ELIZABETH Stewart, widow of HUGH Fraser Lord Lovat, daughter of JOHN Stewart 4th Earl of Atholl & his first wife Elizabeth Gordon of the Earls of Huntly. Robert had illegitimate children by an unknown mistress.

3. JOHN Stuart (-1567). Seigneur d'Aubigny. m (1542) ANNE de Quenelle, 4th daughter of FRANÇOIS Seigneur de Quenelle & his second wife Anne de Rohan.


4. HELEN Stuart (-1564). m firstly WILLIAM 6th Earl of Erroll . Mistress of JAMES V King of Scotland, son of JAMES IV King of Scotland & his wife Margaret Tudor (Linlithgow palace, Fife 15 Apr 1512-Falkland castle 14 Dec 1542). m secondly (1549) JOHN 11th Earl of Sutherland (-1567).

John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Lennox

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John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Lennox (c. 1490-4 Sep 1526, Linlithgow, West Lothian) was a prominent Scottish magnate. Stewart was the son of Matthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox, and Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton.

On 19 January 1511 he married Anne Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl, and Eleanor Sinclair.

The Earl of Lennox had led an army to Linlithgow with the intention of liberating the young King James V from the pro-English Douglases. He was defeated by a smaller force led by the Earl of Arran at Linlithgow Bridge. He survived the battle and was taken captive only to be subsequently murdered by John Hamilton of Finnart. Lennox was succeeded by his son Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, the father of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley and grandfather of James VI of Scotland.


G. E. Cokayne et al., eds. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant. Reprint ed. (Gloucester, UK: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000).

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Lennox was born circa 1490.

He died on 4 September 1526 at Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, murdered in cold blood while a prisoner by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart, 'the Bastard of Arran', as he was a potential rival to the Hamiltons as eventual heir presumptive to the throne.2

    John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Lennox was also known as John Stewart. He gained the title of 3rd Earl of Lennox in 1513.
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John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Lennox's Timeline

January 9, 1495
Lennox Hills, Dunbartonshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
September 21, 1516
Dumbarton Castle, Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
Lennox Castle,Midlothian,Scotland
September 4, 1526
Age 31
Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom