John Stewart of Bonkyll
He was the second son of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland (d. 1283), by his wife Jean Macrory, heiress of the Isles of Bute and Arran, daughter of James (d. 1210) (who with his father and brothers were killed by the men of Skye), son of Angus, Lord of Bute and Arran (younger son of Somerled, King of the South Isles). He was an uncle of James Douglas, Lord of Douglas, "The Black Douglas".
He was a military commander during the First Scottish War of Independence. He was killed during the Battle of Falkirk (1298), where he commanded the Scottish archers. He was buried in the churchyard of the Falkirk Old Parish Church.
Marriage and issue
John married Margaret de Bonkyll, the daughter and heiress of Sir Alexander de Bonkyll of that Ilk. Following his marriage he added to his paternal arms of Stewart (Or, a fess chequy argent and azure) a differenced of a bend sable charged with three buckles or, a buckle being the canting heraldic device of the de Bonkyll family. Margaret appears to have remarried, as in 1304 she is named as wife to Sir David, Lord of Brechin. By his wife he had issue:
- Sir Alexander Stewart of Bonkyll (d. 1319), eldest son and heir, who had issue:
- Sir Alan Stewart of Dreghorn (d. 19 July 1333), killed in the Battle of Halidon Hill. His descendants were the Stewart Earls of Lennox, King James VI and I (nominally 5th Earl of Lennox) and through him the subsequent royal family of Great Britain and later the United Kingdom;
- Sir Walter Stewart of Garlies and Dalswinton. His great-grand-daughter Marion Stewart married a Stewart of Jedworth. Their descendants were the Stewarts of Garlies, later Earls of Galloway and Lords Blantyre;
- Sir James Stewart of Pearston (d. 19 July 1333) killed in the Battle of Halidon Hill, together with his elder brother Sir Alan Stewart. His descendants were the Stewart Lords of Lorne, Earls of Atholl, Earls of Buchan, Earls of Traquair and Clan Stewart of Appin.
- Sir John Stewart of Daldon (d. 19 July 1333), killed in the Battle of Halidon Hill.
- Sir Robert Stewart of Daldowie, ancestor of Sir James Steuart, 2nd Baronet of Coltness.
- Sir Hugh Stewart.
- Isabella Stewart (d. after 15 July 1351), who married Thomas Randolph, 1st Earl of Moray.
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.
- Murison, Alexander Falconer (1900). Sir William Wallace. New York: C. Scribner. p. 105. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
- Hardy, Rev J.,The session book of Bunkle and Preston, 1665-1690 p.xxiii
- Reid, Stuart (2004). Battles of the Scottish Lowlands. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books Limited. p. 23. ISBN 9781844150786.
- Cal. Doc. Scot. vol ii, pp410-411