John Stewart of Bonkyll

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Arms of John Stewart of Bonkyll (d. 1298); Or, a fess chequy argent and azure, on a bend sable, three buckles or.

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[edit]

Memorial Stone & Esplanade Gardens, Rothesay. "In honour of the 'Men of Bute' who, under the command of Sir John Stewart, fell to a man at the Battle of Falkirk, 22nd July 1298.[2] Who fought for Wallace on Falkirk's field, John Stewart's men with sword and shield but o'er pow'rd thus! Their fate was sealed for freedom fell."

John married Margaret de Bonkyl (Bonkill), the heiress daughter of Sir Alexander de Bonkyl 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[edit]

He is the direct paternal ancestor of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, the second husband of his brother's descendant, Mary, Queen of Scots. Thus, he is a direct agnatic ancestor of James VI of Scotland, who later became James I of England in 1603. This accession of James I united the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

See also[edit]

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