The History of Leith

September 16, 2004

Moray. James Stewart, Earl of (c1560-1592)

Elder son of Sir James Stewart of Doune and married the daughter of the Earl Marischall 1580 and style Earl of Moray the Bonny Earl became a favourite with the ultra protestant faction and his religious leanings exacerbated his family’s feud with the earl of Huntly who murdered him at Donibristle in 1592.


Painting of the murdered Earl commissioned by his mother. To inspire revenge Moray’s embalmed corpse remained unburied until 1598 when the privy council ordered its burial.

“Ye hielans and ye lowlands
O whaur hae ye been
And laid him on the green
He was a braw callant
And he rid the ring
And the bonnie earl o’Moray
He micht hae been a king
O lang will his ladie look
Owre the castle Doune
Ere she see the earl o’Moray
Come soondan throu the toun
Noo wae be tae ye, Huntly
And wherefore did ye sae?
I had ye bring him wi ye
But forbard ye him to slay
He as a braw callant
And he played at the ghuve
And the bonnie earl o’Moray
He was the queen’s true love
O lang will his ladie look
Owre the Castle Doune
Ere she see the earl o’Moray
Come soundan throu the toun”


A portrait of Moray’s murderer the sixthg earl of Huntly.

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