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a royal descent for the American Stirlings of Glorat

Following yesterday’s post on the romantic Stirling of Glorat story, I put together a royal descent (probably the closest one) for the American branch of the Stirlings of Glorat, as follows:

1. James V, King of Scots (d. 1542).

2. (illegitimate by Catherine, daughter of Sir John Carmichael) John Stewart, Commendator of Coldingham, Lord Darnley (d. 1563), m. Jane Hepburn.

3. Francis Stewart, Earl of Bothwell (attainted; d. 1612), m. Margaret Douglas.

4. John Stewart, Commendator of Coldingham (noticed in 1606), m. Margaret Home.

5. Margaret Stewart, m. Sir John Home of Renton (d. 1671).

6. Sir Alexander Home of Renton, 1st Bart. (d. 1698), m. Margaret Scott.

7. Elizabeth Home, m. John Stirling of Glorat (3d son of 1st Bart.).

8. Sir Alexander Stirling of Glorat, 4th Bart. (d. 1791), m. Mary Willis (of Strood, Kent).

9. Sir John Stirling of Glorat, 5th Bart. (d. 1818), sojourned in America, where he m. at Stratford, Connecticut, about 1770, Ann (Gloriana) Folsom.

10. Robert Stirling (8th son), bapt. at Campsie, Stirlingshire, 19 October 1792; settled in North America by 1820; m. at Eastport, Maine, 2 November 1820, Mary Ann Pine (she d. at Ottawa in 1832); he d. at Batavia, Ohio, 9 December 1860. His male-line descendants are now the presumed heirs of the baronetcy since the extinction of senior lines in 1949.


  1. Nat Taylor wrote:

    The published sources on Stirling don’t include the date of marriage of Sir John, 5th Bart., and the wife he met on his sojourn in Connecticut. But google shows us the marriage took place in Glasgow, 28 January 1774. See “Extracts from St. Andrew’s (Episcopal) Registers, Glasgow,” The Scottish Antiquary 10 (1896), 21.

    This means that of their 17 children, the first two (both girls) were born before their parents were married–unless they were married twice. –NLT

    Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 22:40 | Permalink
  2. Nat Taylor wrote:

    A completely distinct tale of the meeting and marriage of John Stirling (later 5th Bart.) and ‘Gloriana’ Folsom, at Stratford, can be found in Samuel Orcutt, A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 2 vols. (New Haven, 1886), 1:449. It states clearly that they were married at Stratford, 10 March 1771. And there’s none of the illness-on-a-tropical-island story found in the Folsom genealogy. Hmmm. NLT

    Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 00:11 | Permalink
  3. Nat Taylor wrote:

    This is also in the published records of Christ Episcopal Church, Stratford.

    Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 00:20 | Permalink
  4. Nat Taylor wrote:

    Death of William Bromley Cadogan Stirling, ‘fourth’ [surviving] son of Sir John, 5th Bart.:

    Scots magazine and Edinburgh literary miscellany for January 1812, p. 155.

    Monday, April 6, 2009 at 12:58 | Permalink

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