Lords of Lorn (1386)


Lord of Lorn, John Stewart, b.?, a.1386, d.1421


The MacDougall clan, descended from Dugall, eldest son of Somerled of the Isles, traditionally had control over the lands of Lorn, Benderloch and the islands of Mull, Lismore, Coll and Tiree. The MacDougall heiress, Isabel, daughter of Ewen MacDougall of Lorn, married Sir John Stewart of Innermeath, a descendant of Sir John Stewart of Bonkyl, a younger son of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland, and John became the first Stewart Lord of Lorn. He was Ambassador to England during the negotiations to obtain the release of King James I from England. His younger son, Sir James Stewart of Lorn, is famous as the Black Knight of Lorn and was father of the first Stewart earls of Buchan and of Atholl.


Lord of Lorn, Robert Stewart, b.?, a.1421, d.1449


Son of John Stewart, Lord of Lorn, and Isabel MacDougall. From 1424 to 1429 he served as hostage for the release of James I. He was created 1st Lord Lorn in the Peerage of Scotland in 1439.



Lords Lorn (1439)


1st Lord Lorn, Robert Stewart, b.?, a.1439, d,1449


2nd Lord Lorn, John Stewart, b.?, a.1449, d.1463


Son of the 1st Lord and Joan (or Margaret) Stewart, daughter of Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany. Of legitimate children, he only had daughters. Isabel Stewart (b.?, d.1510) married Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll and Janet Stewart married Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy, ancestor of the Campbell earls of Breadalbane. In late life he fell in love with the daughter of Maclaren of Ardvech, and their affair produced a son, Dugald. After finally agreeing to marry his sweetheart, his wedding party was attacked as it left Dunstaffnage Castle by a force led by Alan MacCoull, an illegitimate MacDougall, almost certainly under the auspices of the Lord of the Isles, and his own son-in-law Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll. Lorn was fatally injured and the aggressors occupied Dunstaffnage. Dugald roused his supporters, notably the Maclarens, and attacked the castle, only to be met by a group of Macfarlanes. The resulting battle yielded heavy losses on both sides. Dugald was not able to succeed as Lord of Lorn but kept control of Appin and Lismore, from where he regularly invaded Campbell territory. In a bid to destroy this powerbase, the new Lord Lorn, Dugald’s uncle Walter Stewart, led a raid on Appin in 1468 but was sounded defeated, resulting in the near destruction of the Macfarlane clan. James III formalised Dugald’s claim to Appin in 1470. Dugald was eventually killed clashing with the Macdonalds in 1497.


3rd Lord Lorn, Walter Stewart, b.?, a.1463, d.?


Younger brother of the 2nd Lord Lorn. Although succeeding to the title, he had no control over the lands of Lorn, as indicated above, and in 1469 he abdicated in order to take the alternative title of 1st Lord Innermeath. From him the later Stewart earls of Atholl are descended. The title of 1st Lord Lorne was thereafter granted to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, in 1470.



For a continuation of this line please refer to the Atholl page.


(Last updated: 23/02/2011)


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