Keith Stewart

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The Hon. Keith Stewart of Glasserton (1739 – 3 March 1795) was a Scottish Admiral and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1762 and from 1768 to 1784.

Early life[edit]

Stewart was the second surviving son of Alexander Stewart, 6th Earl of Galloway. He joined the Royal Navy in about 1753.

Naval career[edit]

Stewart attained the rank of Captain in 1762, the promotion being one of the terms of his surrendering his seat in Parliament. He commanded HMS Berwick in 1777. He served under Admiral Keppel in the action off Ushant on 27 July 1778.

In June 1781 Stewart was given a North Sea command with the rank of Commodore. He served under Vice Admiral Hyde Parker in the Battle of Dogger Bank in August 1778.

In September 1778 he was given command of the squadron blockading Dutch ports. Although he resigned this appointment after a ship escaped, Stewart was a highly regarded Naval officer and his career continued. He served under Admiral Richard Howe in his expedition to Gibraltar.

Stewart became a rear admiral in 1790[1] and vice admiral in 1794.

Involvement in politics[edit]

He represented Wigtown Burghs for a short time in 1762, between winning a by-election on 19 February 1762 and resigning before a new MP was elected on 15 April 1762. He was MP for Wigtownshire 1768-1784.


He married 13 May 1782 Georgina Isabella d'Aguilar, daughter of Ephraim Lópes Pereira d'Aguilar, 2nd Baron d'Aguilar and had issue:

Following Stewart's death, his widow married secondly 1797 Lt-Colonel Richard Fitzgerald (KIA Battle of Waterloo).


  1. ^ "No. 13241". The London Gazette. 2 October 1790. p. 599. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hon. Archibald Montgomerie
Member of Parliament for Wigtown Burghs
Succeeded by
John Hamilton
Preceded by
James Murray
Member of Parliament for Wigtownshire
Succeeded by
Andrew McDouall