Galloway was one of the ancient petty kingdoms of Celtic Scotland, and became a semi-independent lordship, often operating contrary to the aims of the Scottish king, until medieval times, when closer ties to the fate of the realm, and larger political influences, weakening the authority of the ruling family. However, it is appropriate to provide some detail.
recorded king or lord of
Lord of Galloway, Fergus, b.?, a.c.1138, d.1161
In 1097, King
Lord of Galloway, Uchtred, b.c.1120, a.1161, d.1174
Son of Fergus.
He ruled jointly with his brother Gille Brigte, taking the eastern half of the
lordship. Under pressure from King William I of
Lord of Galloway, Gille Brigte, b.?, a.1161, d.1185
Son of Fergus
and joint ruler of
Lord of Galloway, Lochlann, b.?, a.1185, d.1200
Son of Uchtred
and Gunilda, daughter of Waldeve, Lord of Allerdale. After Gille Brigte’s
death, he seized control of
Lord of Galloway, Alan, b.c.1175, a.1200, d.c.1234
Lochlann and Helen de Morville, daughter of Richard de Morville, a Norman ally
of the king and Hereditary Constable of Scotland.
The title of
Lord of Galloway was recreated in 1369 for Archibald Douglas, later 3rd
Earl of Douglas. Please refer to the
1st Earl of Galloway, Alexander Stewart, b.c.1580, a.1623, d.1649
Son of Sir
Alexander Stewart of Garlies (b.?, d.1596), who was descended from Alexander
Stewart, 4th High Steward of
2nd Earl of Galloway, James Stewart, b.c.1610, a.1649, d.1671
Son of the 1st Earl and Grizel Gordon, daughter of Sir John Gordon of Lochinvar, his elder brother Alexander Stewart (b.b.1610, d.1639) and his son, also Alexander Stewart (b.?, d.1642), both having predeceased their father. He was made 1st Baronet Stewart of Corsewell in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia.
3rd Earl of Galloway, Alexander Stewart, b.c.1643, a.1671, d.1690
Son of the 2nd Earl and Nicola Grierson.
4th Earl of Galloway, Alexander Stewart, b.1669-1670, a.1690, d.1690
Son of the 3rd Earl and Lady Mary Douglas, daughter of James Douglas, 2nd Earl of Queensberry.
5th Earl of Galloway, James Stewart, b.a.1670, a.1690, d.1746
Younger brother of the 4th Earl. He was Commissioner of the Treasury in 1705 and made a Privy Counsellor in 1706, though he opposed the Treaty of Union.
6th Earl of Galloway, Alexander Stewart, b.c.1694, a.1746, d.1773
Son of the 5th Earl and Lady Catherine Montgomerie (b.?, d.1757), daughter of Alexander Montgomerie, 9th Earl of Eglinton. He held the post of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1757 to 1759.
7th Earl of Galloway, John Stewart, b.1736, a.1773, d.1806
Son of the 6th
Earl and Lady Catherine Cochrane (b.?, d.1786), daughter of John Campbell
Cochrane, 4th Earl of Dundonald. He was
a Representative Peer for
8th Earl of Galloway, George Stewart, b.1768, a.1806, d.1834
Son of the 7th
Earl and Anne Dashwood (b.1743, d.1830), daughter of Sir James Dashwood, 2nd
Baronet Dashwood of
9th Earl of Galloway, Randolph Stewart, b.1800, a.1834, d.1873
Son of the 8th Earl and Lady Jane Paget (b.c.1777, d.1842), daughter of Sir Henry Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge. He held the offices of Lord-Lieutenant for Kirkcudbrightshire from 1828 to 1844 and for Wigtonshire from 1828 to 1851. He was MP for Cockermouth from 1826 to 1831.
10th Earl of Galloway, Alan Plantagenet Stewart, b.1835, a.1873, d.1901
Son of the 9th Earl and Lady Harriett Blanche Somerset (b.1810, d.1885), daughter of Henry Charles Somerset, 6th Duke of Beaufort. He was a Captain in the Royal Horse Guards and was briefly an MP for Wigtonshire. He served as Commissioner of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from 1876 to 1877 and was invested as a Knight of the Thistle in 1887. He also acted as a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Wigtonshire and for Kirkcudbrightshire.
11th Earl of Galloway, Randolph Henry Stewart, b.1836, a.1901, d.1920
Younger brother of the 10th Earl. He went into the Army and fought during the Indian Mutiny and in the Crimean War, reaching the rank of Captain in the 52nd Royal Highlanders.
12th Earl of Galloway, Randolph Algernon Ronald Stewart, b.1892, a.1920, d.1978
Son of the 11th
Earl and Amy Mary Pauline Cliffe (b.?, d.1942). Like his father, he went into
the Army and fought in the First World War. He reached the rank of Captain in
the Scots Guards. He served as military attaché in Berne and
13th Earl of Galloway, Randolph Keith Reginald Stewart, b.1928, a.1978
Son of the 12th
Earl and Philippa Fendall Wendell (b.?, d.1974). He was educated at
The courtesy title for the heir is Lord Garlies.