Alexander STEWART, ,Earl of Buchan ,'The Wolf of Badenoch'

Male 1343 - 1405  (62 years)


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  • Name Alexander STEWART 
    Suffix ,Earl of Buchan ,'The Wolf of Badenoch' 
    Born 1343 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jun 1405 
    Buried Dunkeld Cathedral , Peryhshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3999  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2021 

    Father Robert STEWART, ,Earl of Strathern,Robert II,King of Scotland,   b. 2 Mar 1316, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1390, Dundonald Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth MURE, ,of Rowallane,   b. Abt 1320,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 22 Nov 1347 
    • They were the ancestors of all subsequent sovereigns.(See Burke's Peerage).
      King Robert II had more children than any other King of Scotland, in all 15 by his two marriages. The King's first wife, Elizabeth Mure of Rowallan, daughter of Sir Adam Mure, had formerly been his mistress.
      He married her in 1336, but this marriage was said to be uncanonical. Robert and Elizabeth were re-married in 1347 and all of their 10 children were legitimated at this date
    Family ID F1217  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Euphemia DE ROSS, Countess of Ross,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1389 
    • His wife, Countess of Ross, was deserted by her husband. She appealed to the Bishop of Moray, who unfortunately for him, gave judgement in her favourin 1392. The Wolf was outraged. All out for revenge, he came down from his stronghold, the castle of Lochindorb and ransacked and burned Forres and Elgin. Elgin of course, being the ecclesiastical centre of the Bishopric of Moray.

      Setting off fires, mainly in the College, the Canon's houses and the Hospital of the Maison Dieu, he terrified the people of Elgin, forcing them to flee with their families into the countryside. In 1390 he burned Elgin Cathedral, destroying many of its records including family, legal and monastic.
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F2683  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mariota ATHEYN, ,daughter of Eachann,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Alexander STEWART, ,self-styled Earl of Mar and Garioch,   b. Abt 1375,   d. 1435  (Age ~ 60 years)
     2. Margaret STEWART,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F7863  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Legend has it that The Wolf of Badenoch died in 1394, although others maintain it was in 1406, when it is believed that he played chess with the devil. He had been visited at Ruthven Castle by a man, who was tall, and dressed in black. The man wished to play a game of chess with the Wolf. The game went on for several hours until the tall, darkly dressed man moved one of the chess pieces and called 'check' and then 'checkmate'. The man rose from the table. On calling these words there was a terrible storm of thunder, hail and lightening. The storm continued through the night until silence befell the castle in the morning. In that morning silence, it was then that the Wolf's men were discovered outside the castle walls, dead and blackened as if they had all been struck by the lightening. The Wolf was found in the banqueting hall, and although his body appeared unmarked, the nails in his boots had all been torn out
    • (Research):The Wolf of Badenoch, is one of the most memorable historical characters of Strathspey. The son of King Robert II, he was one of the most blackest, most evil characters in Scotland's history. Alexander Stewart, Alisdair Mor mac an Righ, was better known as Big Alexander, or the Wolf of Badenoch. The times in which he lived were barbarous, but even by their standards he stood out, and was feared over a considerable distance. Throughout his life he was Lord of Badenoch around 1371, Earl of Buchanan and was also his brother's royal deputy in the north of Scotland. The Wolf ruled the lands of Badenoch in a cruel way, burning the homes of those who crossed or displeased him.


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