Walter Stewart, 3rd High Steward of Scotland

Walter Stewart
Born unknown
Died 1246
Title 3rd High Steward of Scotland
Tenure 1204-1246
Other names Walter Steward of Dundonald
Nationality Scottish
Offices Justiciar of Scotia
Predecessor Alan fitz Walter
Successor Alexander Stewart
Spouse(s) Béthoc (Beatrix) Mac Gille Críst
Parents Alan fitz Walter

Walter Steward of Dundonald (died 1246)[1] was 3rd hereditary High Steward of Scotland and Justiciar of Scotia.[2]

He was the eldest son of Alan fitz Walter, 2nd High Steward of Scotland but which wife of Alan's was his mother is not clear. He was the first to use Steward as a surname, and was designated "of Dundonald".[3]

He witnessed a charter by King Alexander II, under the designation of "Walterus filius Alani, Senescallus, Justiciar Scotiae"[4] and it may be that seal which Nisbet described pertaining to Walter Hereditary High Steward of Scotland. Around the seal it states "Sigill. Walteri filii Allani".[5]

Walter married Bethóc, daughter of Gille Críst, Earl of Angus (whose wife, Marjorie, is traditionally said to be a daughter of Henry of Scotland, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon, though this is disputed). They were parents of:


  1. G. W. S. Barrow, ‘Stewart family (per. c.1110–c.1350)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  2. Anderson (1867) vol.ix, p.512
  3. Simpson, David, The Genealogical and Chronological History of the Stuarts, 1713, p.38
  4. Burke, Messrs., John and John Bernard, The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales &c., volume 2, London, 1851, pps: xl and xli
  5. Nisbet, Alexander, A System of Heraldry volume 1, Edinburgh 1722, facsimile 1984, part 1, p.43,
  6. Clay, John W., FSA., editor, The Visitation of Cambridge, 1575 and 1619 by Henery St.George, Richmond Herald, Harleian Society, London, 1897, pps: 7 - 11.


Court offices
Preceded by
Alan Fitzwalter
High Steward of Scotland
Succeeded by
Alexander Stewart
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Comyn
Justiciar of Scotia
Succeeded by
Philip de Melville and
Robert de Monte Alto
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