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  • ID: I07438
  • Name: Alan FITZWALTER , 2nd High Steward of Scotland 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Alan FitzWalter /Stewart/, Steward of Scotland
  • Birth: ABT 1130 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Death: 1204 2
  • Note:
    Alan FitzWalter; 2nd Great Steward of Scotland; allegedly Crusader with Richard I; married Eve, possibly daughter of Sweyn Thor's son, overlord of Crawford. [Burke's Peerage]


    Alex Stewart, in an e-mail, has sources that give a second wife (Alesta) for Alan:

    Regarding Alan FitzWalter Stewart c.1126-1204 I notice you have his wife as Margaret of Galloway from Carrick, Ayrshire. In the excellent book The Stewart Dynasty 1993 by Stewart Ross he says, "Alan married twice....his first wife was Eva, daughter of Swain, son of the first recorded sheriff of linked the steward to an established Anglian dynasty and to an office which the king was seeking to extend around the kingdom. Unfortunately Eva died young, leaving no children.

    The steward's second marriage was an altogether more ambitious business. His partner this time was Alesta, daughter of Morgrund, the Celtic Earl of Mar."

    I wrote to Stewart about his sources and he wrote back helpfully that he had used: GWS Barrow and WW Scott's The Acts of William 1 King of Scots (EUP 1971); AA Duncan's Scotland, The Making of the Kingdom, Mercat 1989 and A O Anderson's Early Sources of Scottish History Oliver and Boyd 1922.

    He has no mention of the marriage between Alan and Margaret of Galloway, although he does refer to the harrowing of Galloway at that time and a forging of a later Carrick-Stewart close connection.

    I noticed that Leo had Eve, daughter of Swain, as the mother of Alan so I wrote to him in May and presented Stewart Ross's points but I heard no more and he remains with Eve.

    I noticed someone else has written to you about Alan's mother, and in your reply you do not seem confident about Margaret. I do not say you are wrong; I do not know. Stewart says that Alan was a shadowy character! I am now looking in several books on Scottish history to note points on the Stewart-Carrick connection.


    NOTE: I have seen a number of posts to SGM concerning various combinations of the three wives for Alan, including several that doubt the ancestry given to Eve above; and there is doubt over which children might be born to which wives. I have found two threads in SGM which name the three wives that I have for Alan. Despite Alex Stewart's source which names Eve 1st, and 2ndly Alesta, I have followed Suzanne Doig (SGM), in assigning an order to his wives, and then distributed his children among all three. I do not have a great deal of confidence that I am entirely correct, but then I am probably not entirely wrong either.

    Father: Walter FITZALAN , 1st High Steward of Scotland b: ABT 1106 in Dol, Ille-et-Vilaine, St Malo, Bretagne, France
    Mother: Eschyne (Eschyna) de MOLLE b: ABT 1106 in Molle (Mow/Morebattle), Roxburghshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Alesta of MAR b: ABT 1136 in Mar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    • Married: in 1st wife 3
    1. Has Children Walter STEWART , 3rd High Steward of Scotland b: ABT 1160 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

    Marriage 2 Eve of CRAWFORD b: ABT 1150 in Crawford, Lanarkshire, Scotland
    • Married: ABT 1170 in 2nd wife ? 4
    1. Has Children Avelina Fitzwalter STEWART b: ABT 1171 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

    Marriage 3 Margaret de GALLOWAY b: ABT 1135 in Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland
    • Married: BEF 1174 in 3rd wife ? 5
    1. Has Children Simon FITZALAN , Sir b: ABT 1175 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

    1. Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999
      Page: 121c-28
    2. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1985
    3. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
      Page: Suzanne Doig, 22 Dec 1998
    4. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
      Page: Suzanne Doig, 22 Dec 1998
      Text: no date, 2nd wife (with question)
    5. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
      Page: Suzanne Doig, 22 Dec 1998
      Text: no date, 3rd wife (with question)
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