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John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Lennox (c. 1490-4 September 1526, Linlithgow, West Lothian) was a prominent Scottish magnate. He was the son of Matthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox and Lady Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton and Mary Stewart, Princess of Scotland, daughter of King James II of Scotland.

John Stewart
3rd Earl of Lennox
Bornc. 1490
Died(1526-09-04)4 September 1526
Linlithgow, Scotland.
Noble familyStewart of Darnley
Spouse(s)Lady Elizabeth Stewart
Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox
Robert Stewart, 6th Earl of Lennox
John Stewart, 5th Lord of Aubigny
Helen Stewart, Countess of Erroll
Elizabeth Stewart-Ross
FatherMatthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox
MotherLady Elizabeth Hamilton

The Earl of Lennox led an army to Linlithgow with the intention of liberating the young King James V of Scotland from the pro-English Douglases. He was defeated by a smaller force led by James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran, at the Battle of Linlithgow Bridge. He survived the battle and was taken captive, only to be subsequently murdered by James Hamilton of Finnart. Lennox was succeeded by his son, Matthew Stewart, the father of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, and the grandfather of King James VI of Scotland.

Family and issueEdit

On 19 January 1511, he married Lady Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl and Lady Eleanor Sinclair, daughter of William Sinclair, 3rd Earl of Orkney.[1] They had issue:



G. E. Cokayne et al., eds. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant. Reprint ed. (Gloucester, UK: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000).

  1. ^ Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage, Volume I (Stewart, Earl of Atholl) and Volume VII (Ross of Halkhead)

Richard D Oram in his article on John Stewart 3rd Earl of Lennox in the new Ox. DNB writes that he married Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl on 19 January 1511.