James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray (1501 creation)

James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray (1501 creation)

James Stewart, Earl of Moray (c. 1499 - 1544) was the illegitimate son of James IV of Scotland and his mistress Janet Kennedy. He was created Earl of Moray in 1501, and was young enough to avoid fighting at the disastrous Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. He went on to have a varied relationship with his half-brother James V, and was imprisoned for a time. He married Lady Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of Colin Campbell, 3rd Earl of Argyll, in August 1529. They had one daughter, Lady Mary Stewart, who was married to John Stewart, Master of Buchan, from whom she got divorced on September 12, 1560. She died childless.

He should not be confused with two better-known 16th century Earls of Moray who were also called James Stewart: his nephew, who was regent during the minority of James VI, and another, who was "The Bonny Earl of Murray" of the famous ballad.

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