Esmé Stewart, 3rd Duke of Lennox

Esmé Stewart, 3rd Duke of Lennox KG (1579  30 July 1624) was the son of Esmé Stewart, 1st Duke of Lennox and Catherine de Balsac. He was a patron of the playwright Ben Jonson, who lived in his household for five years. At the death of his brother the 2nd Duke of Lennox, he was already Earl of March and Lord Clifton of Leighton Bromswold in the peerage of England (1619) as well as 7th Seigneur d'Aubigny.[1]

On 9 February 1608 he performed in the masque The Hue and Cry After Cupid at Whitehall Palace as a sign of the zodiac, to celebrate the wedding of John Ramsay, Viscount Haddington to Elizabeth Radclyffe .[2]

He married Katherine Clifton, 2nd Baroness Clifton, in 1609. They had eleven children:

He died in 1624 and was interred, on 6 August 1624, in Westminster Abbey.[3]


  1.  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lennox". Encyclopædia Britannica. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 420.
  2. Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History, vol. 3 (London, 1838), p. 223.
Political offices
Preceded by
The 3rd Lord St John of Bletso
Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire
jointly with The 4th Lord St John of Bletso

Succeeded by
The 4th Lord St John of Bletso
The Viscount Mandeville
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Ludovic Stewart
Duke of Lennox
Succeeded by
James Stewart
Peerage of England
New title Earl of March
Succeeded by
James Stewart

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