James Steuart of Coltness

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James Steuart of Coltness
James Steuart of Coltness Scougall.jpg
Portrait of Steuart by David Scougall (c. 1658)
Lord Provost of Edinburgh
In office
Preceded by Sir Andrew Ramsay, Lord Abbotshall
Succeeded by Robert Murray
Commissioner for Edinburgh
In office
Preceded by Sir John Smyth
Succeeded by Samuel Desborrow
Lord Provost of Edinburgh
In office
Preceded by Sir Archibald Tod
Succeeded by Sir Archibald Tod
Personal details
Born 1608
Died 31 March 1681
Nationality Scottish
Spouse(s) Anne Hope
(m. 1630; her death 1646)

Marion McCulloch Elliott
(m. 1648)
Children Sir James Steuart
Sir Robert Steuart, Bt.
Parents James Steuart
Marion Carmichael
Occupation Merchant, banker, landowner, politician

Sir James Steuart of Coltness (1608 – 31 March 1681) was a Scottish merchant, banker, landowner, politician and Covenanter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Steuart was the second son of Marion Carmichael and James Steuart (1575–1607), of Allanton, Lanarkshire, and was born posthumously.[2][3]


He was a merchant and banker in Edinburgh, acquired a large fortune, then acquired the estates of Kirkfield (from Sir John Somerville of Cambusnethan) and Coldness (from Sir John Hamilton of Edston), both in Lanarkshire, in 1653.[2]

Public office[edit]

Steuart served as Lord Provost of Edinburgh in 1649, Commissioner for Edinburgh to the Parliament of Scotland from 1649 to 1650, and Lord Provost again in 1659. For a period of time, he was the Collector of Excise and Accountant-General for the Scottish Army.[4]

Scottish Restoration[edit]

At the Restoration he was dismissed as a Covenanter. After confinement in Edinburgh Castle, Steuart was sent to Dundee as a prisoner. He was granted a pardon in 1670.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1630, he married Anne Hope (d. 1646), daughter of Henry Hope and niece of Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall.[6] Together, they had:[7]

In 1648, two years after Anne's death, Steuart married Marion McCulloch Elliott (d. 1690), widow of Sir John Elliott, and only daughter and heiress of David McCulloch, of Goodtrees.[9]

Sir James Steuart' died on 31 March 1681.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sir James Steuart of Coltness (1608–1681), Lord Provost of Edinburgh (1648–1650 & 1658–1660) | Art UK | Discover Artworks Sir James Steuart of Coltness (1608–1681), Lord Provost of Edinburgh (1648–1650 & 1658–1660)". artuk.org. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Sir James Steuart of Coltness". collections.ed.ac.uk. University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "James Steuart [Stewart] b. 1608 d. 1681: MacFarlane Clan & Families Genealogy". clanmacfarlanegenealogy.info. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Taylor, W. L. (December 1957). "A SHORT LIFE OF SIR JAMES STEUART: POLITICAL ECONOMIST". wiley.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Anderson, William (1863). The Scottish Nation: Or The Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours, and Biographical History of the People of Scotland, Volume 3. p. 509. 
  6. ^ Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995). Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography.
  7. ^ "Person Page - Sir James Steuart of Coltness". www.thepeerage.com. The Peerage. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "University of Edinburgh Archive and Manuscript Collections | Special Collections | Coltness Papers". archives.collections.ed.ac.uk. University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d Calderwood, Margaret Steuart (1884). Letters and Journals of Mrs. Calderwood of Polton: From England, Holland and the Low Countries in 1756. D. Douglas. Retrieved 28 January 2017.