John Stewart of Bonkyll

Sir John Stewart of Bonkyll (died 22 July 1298) was a son of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland. He was a military commander during the First Scottish War of Independence. He was killed during the Battle of Falkirk, where he commanded the Scottish archers. Stewart is interred in the churchyard of the Falkirk Old Parish Church.[1] He was an uncle to the James Douglas, Lord of Douglas, also known as the Black Douglas.

Marriage and children

John married Margaret de Bonkyl (Bonkill), the heiress daughter of Sir Alexander de Bonkyll of that Ilk, so placed "on a bend Sable three buckles Or" for difference upon the coat of arms of his paternal line, "Or a fess chequey Argent and Azure". They had issue:

Lady Margaret appears to have remarried, as she is named as wife to Sir David, Lord of Brechin in 1304.[3]

Royal descendants

He is the direct paternal ancestor of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, the second husband of his brother's descendant, Mary, Queen of Scots, and of their son, James VI of Scotland, who later became James I of England in 1603.

See also

Bonkyl Kirk


  1. Hardy, Rev J.,The session book of Bunkle and Preston, 1665-1690 p.xxiii
  2. Murison, Alexander Falconer (1900). Sir William Wallace. New York: C. Scribner. p. 105. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  3. Cal. Doc. Scot. vol ii, pp410-411


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