Name: Esme Stewart
Suffix: 1st Duke of Lennox
Birth: ABT 1542 in France 1
Death: 26 MAY 1583 in Paris, France
HONO: 5 AUG 1581
Note: Created Duke
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Change Date: 10 APR 2007
Scottish nobleman; cousin to James VI of Scotland (later James I of England). Born and reared in France, he succeeded his father as seigneur d?Aubigny in 1567. In 1579 he was sent to Scotland by the Guise family to restore French influence and weaken Protestantism. He soon won the friendship of the young King James, was admitted to the council, and was created successively earl (1580) and duke (1581) of Lennox.
Although Lennox publicly proclaimed his conversion to Protestantism in 1580, he was suspected (with reason) of complicity in a projected Spanish invasion of England to release Mary Queen of Scots. This, with Lennox?s part in the arrest and execution (1581) of the earl of Morton, led to the Protestant nobles? seizure of James in the raid of Ruthven (1582). Against both his own and the king?s wishes, Lennox was forced to leave Scotland. He died shortly thereafter.
In 1588, Esme Stewart, 1st Duke of Lennox proposed to James VI of Scotland that he marry Arbella Stuart, the only child of Charles Stuart, 1st Earl of Lennox and Elizabeth Cavendish, but nothing seems to have come of this.
(?? He had died in 1583, and his wife Catherine de Balsac lived until 1631??)
Father: John Stewart
Mother: Anne de la Queuille
Catherine De Balsac b: in France
- Henrietta Stuart b: 1573
- Mary Stewart b: 1576 in Aubigny Sur Nerre, Cher, France
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