Arms of Stewart of that Ilk
The Arms of Stewart Cadets
Part 3
Arms of Stewart of Ardgowan and Blackhall

Stewart of Ardgowan ~ Or a fess chequy Azure and Argent surmounted of a lion rampant Gules.

John Stewart of Ardgowan was a bastard son of King Robert III. His representers subsequently bore the designation "of Blackhall" and armed and langued Azure the lion.

Stewart of Scotstoun ~ Or a lion rampant Gules surmounted of a fess chequy Azure and Argent.

Descendants of Archibald, second son of Archibald Stewart of Blackhall (and Ardgowan and Auchingoun), transposed the lion and fess for difference (as, possibly, did a Stewart of Castlemilk with his bend). This is the blazon given by Nisbet, but Lyon Register shows these arms to be matriculated with a crescent in dexter chief, presumably for difference.

Arms of Stewart of Scotstoun
Arms of Stewart of Rosling

Stewart of Rosling ~ Or a fess chequy Azure and Argent, in chief a lion passant gardant Gules.

This is the blazon from Lyon Register, but Nisbet records for Captain James Stewart of Rosling the lion as rampant gardant. It is possible to surmise that the arms were borne first with the lion rampant gardant, and that Lyon changed the blazon to passant gardant when they were legitimised by matriculation.

Stewart of Angus ~ Quarterly: 1st and 4th Or a fess chequy Azure and Argent surmounted by a bend Sable charged with three buckles Or; 2nd and 3rd Or a lion rampant Gules debruised by a riband Sable.

John Stewart, Earl of Angus, grandson of Sir John Stewart of Bonkyl, married Margaret, daughter and co-heiress of Alexander Abernethy of that Ilk and quartered her arms.

Arms of Stewart of Angus
Arms of Stewart of Lorne

Stewart of Lorne ~ Or a fess chequy of four tracts Azure and Argent between in chief two buckles and in base two garbs of the Second, surmounted of in sinister chief and dexter base two quarters Or each bearing a lymphad Sable with a sail of the Third.

Alternatively ~ Quarterly: 1st Or a buckle in chief Azure. the base counter-compony of the Second and Argent; 2nd and 3rd Or a lymphad Sable the sail Argent; 4th Or a garb Azure and a chief counter-compony of the Second and Argent.

The task of blazoning these arms of John Stewart, Lord of Lorne (1448), can confuse even the experts. For the first blazon (preferred by this writer) the reader must imagine a gold shield with a chequered fess of four rows separating two buckles from two garbs. Onto this shield are then imposed the two quarters bearing the lymphad (a quarter itself being a charge, although rarely found as such). The two quarters each hide part of the fess and one of the other charges (one buckle and one garb).

The two buckles are for Stewart of Bonkyl and the two garbs for Stewart of Buchan.

These arms have been taken from the seal of John Stewart of Lorne, so the tinctures may be queried. However, the only credible alternative to the tinctures blazoned here seems to be one in which the field of the lymphad quarters is of silver, not gold. If silver, then the quarter would represent the completely the early coat of the lordship of Lorne, but this might be held to offend the law which forbids placing a metal on a metal, which, as the quarter is a charge, is what in effect is happening. (Placing gold on gold in this situation is acceptable because it does not deceive the eye.) The later coat of Lorne, borne as a quarter by the Earls of Innermeath, had a gold field and from the fore and aft parts of the lymphad, and from its mast-top, flames issued (these flames being known as St Anthony's fire).




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