Elizabeth CUNNIGHAM ( - )

1. Elizabeth CUNNIGHAM married John HAY.


John HAY 2nd Lord Hay of Yester, son of John HAY ( - ), had the title '2nd Lord Hay of Yester'. He and Elizabeth CUNNIGHAM had the following children:



Christian HAY ( - )

Second Generation

2. Christian HAY, daughter of John HAY 2nd Lord Hay of Yester and Elizabeth CUNNIGHAM, married William STEWART.


Sir William STEWART 2nd of Traquhair, son of Sir James STEWART 1st of Traquhair (1480-1513) and Catherine RUTHERFORD ( - ), had the title '2nd Baron of Traquhair'. He and Christian HAY had the following children:



Robert STEWART ( -1548)


John STEWART ( -1580)


William STEWART ( -1604)


James STEWART (c. 1534-1607)

Third Generation

3. Robert STEWART, child of Sir William STEWART 2nd of Traquhair and Christian HAY, had the title '3rd Baron of Traquair'. He/she died in 1548.


Robert did not long succeed his father; but dying without issue in 1548, he was succeeded by his brother, John.


4. Sir John STEWART, child of Sir William STEWART 2nd of Traquhair and Christian HAY, had the title '4th Baron of Traquair'. He/she died in 1580.


John was a man of great integrity and merit, and a steady friend of Queen Mary. He had the honour of knighthood conferred upon him at the creation of the Duke of Albany, and was Captain of her Majesty's Guards.

He was one of those who, with the Queen and her Privy Council, signed a protection to the Earl of Murray to appear before her Majesty, and discover the alledged conspiracy, 19th July 1565.

He was also one of those noble persons who entered into a bond or association, to stand by and defend Queen Mary against all mortals, anno 1568. He died without issue, and was succeeded by his brother William.

John was knighted at the time of Mary Queen of Scott's marriage to Henry, Lord Darnley, and was appointed Captain of the Queen's Guard. In 1566 following the murder of Rizzio and the conspiracy against the Queen, he was responsible for her flight to safety to Dunbar from Hollyrood Palace in Edinburgh. Later that year Sir John was host to Mary and Darnley and their baby son at Traquair during a hunting expedition. During this time of religious conflict Mass had to be celebrated in secret. A hidden escape was made for priests in case the suspicious authorities searched the house. The present chapel dates from the middle of the 19th century when at last the Catholic Emancipation Act enabled the family to worship openly.


5. William STEWART, child of Sir William STEWART 2nd of Traquhair and Christian HAY, had the title '5th Baron of Traquair'. He/she died in 1604.


William was Governor of the Castle of Dunbarton, 1582. He was one of the Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to King James VI, but died unmarried in 1604.


6. Sir James STEWART of Schillinglaw, 6th of Traquhair, son of Sir William STEWART 2nd of Traquhair and Christian HAY, was born circa 1534. He had the title '6th Baron of Traquhair'. He appeared in the census. He died on 9 March 1607. He married Catherine KERR.


Was the youngest son. He inherited his title after his three elder brothers had in turn held it and then died, by which time he was a very old man. This James Stewart of Traquair was also variously styled James Stewart of Kirkland, of Innerleithen, and of Schillinglaw, the last being the most commonly used. He was a lieutenant in the King's Guard under his brother, Sir John.


Mention in Tweedie Family History 1604:

In 1604, Tweedie of Drava had some grievance against Lord Maxwell "for exhibiting Armstrong before the Council". Who this Armstrong was is not very clear, but it is interesting to note that the estates of the famous Johnnie Armstrong of Gilnockie, after his seizure and summary execution by James V in 1530 had been made over to Lord Maxwell and that Christie Armstrong, Johnnie's son, in 1557 got back the lands and further in 1562 was intrusted with the office of collector of the revenues of the Maxwell lands in Eskdale.

Trouble was going on in many quarters at the same time; John and James Tweedie, the sons of Tweedie of Dreva are bound over not to harm William Linlythgow; and James Tweedie of Drummelzier not to harm William Hay of Linplum; George Tweedie of Calder in company with James Bailye is in trouble for attacking and wounding John Lowrie, and they are apprehended by the King's Guard and lodged in the Tolbooth of Edinburgh; Oliver Kay and James Tweedie burgess of Peebles have a difference with James Lowrie about "a complete stand of footmen's arms"; the feud between Lady Skirling relict of Sir James Cockburn and James Tweedie of Drummelzier still flourishes and Tweedie is again bound over not to harm her; Adam Tweedie, son of Adam Tweedie of Dreva and William Veitch of Kingsyde give a bond by John Tweedie of Winkistoun not to harm James Brown in Wester Hoprew, the bond being written by and subscribed before John Tweedie, notary in Peebles; James Tweedie, apparent of Dreva becomes security for John Tweedie of Innerleithen and for his son Adam not to harm James Stewart of Schillinglaw, the bond being witnessed by William and Walter Tweedie the sons of James Tweedie of Dreva; while Burke tells us that William Tweedie of Oliver, the son of a former William Tweedie of Oliver, had his cows oxen and horses stolen by John Batesoun, alias Jock of the Scoir, and was killed by him, Batesoun being afterwards hanged at Edinburgh for the crime.


Catherine KERR was born before 1578. She died on 28 February 1606. She and James STEWART had the following children:



John STEWART (bef1594- ). John was born before 1594.


Robert STEWART ( - )


Margaret STEWART ( - )