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[15] The last Baronet of Nova Scotia
Arms: Or a fess chequy Azure and Argent within a double tressure flory counter flory Gules.

We need to indicate that these are the arms of the head of the family of Stewart of Bute later to become the Earls and Marquess’ of Bute before marshalling their arms with Critchton. We have seen no indication that Sir Robert used arms and nothing to indicate he didn’t. Checking in Ordinary I, it can be seen that Sir Robert did not matriculate arms. This was not uncommon in the early days of the Public Register for sons of important men not to bother matriculating according to Mrs. C. W. Roads, LVO, Snawdoun Herald, whom we thank for the information. So, the arms depicted are simply the arms of his father, older brother and nephew, the first Earl of Bute.

For aught yet seen, the Junior most and last Baronet of Nova Scotia

SOURCES, NOTES & CREDITS: The illustration for background, none, the blazon is from Douglas’ “The Baronage of Scotland”, 1798, and the text is based on, and adapted from Douglas’ “The Baronage of Scotland”, 1798, Paul’s “The Scots Peerage”, vol. VIII, 1911, “A History of the Baronetage” Pixley,1900, and from the Wikipedia internet article.

Sir Robert Stewart of Tillicoultry, Bt. was born circa 1645 to Sir James Stewart of Bute, Bt. ( of Ardmaleish and Kirktoun ) Sheriff of Bute and Grizel, daughter of Sir Dugall Campbell of Auchinbrek, Bt. as their second son.

We should mention that Sir Robert’s father,Sir James Stewart of Bute, Bt. Was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Dugall Stewart of Bute, 2nd Bt. ( Sir Robert’s older brother ) and who was succeeded by Sir James Stewart of Bute, 3rd Bt., his eldest son ( Sir Robert’s nephew ). This Sir James Stewart, 3rd Bt. of Bute was on 14 April 1703 created Earl of Bute, Viscount Kingarth, Lord Mount Stuart, Cumra and Inchmarnock. His descendant John, the 4th Earl was created Marquess of the County of Bute, etc. etc. on 27 Feb 1796. His grandson, John 5th Earl and 2nd Marquess Received a Royal Warrant on 26 Aug 1805 to change his surname to Crichton-Stuart.

Back to Sir Robert Stewart of Tillicoultry, Bt., He was Commissioner for Rothesay in the Scots Parliament 1678-89, one of the Commissioners to adjust the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England and was created Baronet on 29 April 1707. He was a Lord of Session and Commissioner of Justiciary, under the title of Lord Tillicoultry.
He retired from the bench in 1709.

He married twice having two daughters by his first wife who died in 1690. Secondly he married in 1693 Cecil, daughter of Robert Hamilton, Lord Presmennan, by whom he had three sons and 6 daughters.

Sir Robert Stewart of Tillicoultry, Bt. died in 1710

He was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Robert Stewart of Tillicoultry, 2nd Bt. Who when he died in 1767 without a male heir and so the baronetcy then became dormant

The artwork is a rendition of John Hamilton Gaylor

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