Hon Euphemia Stewart (MacKenzie)

Euphemia's close connections -- a Catholic aristocrat, an attainted Jacobite, a whig politician -- demonstrate how diverse the connections of a member of this loyal Episcopal congregation could be. Her monument in Holyrood Abbey testifies to her high standing in Edinburgh society, and her will to her personal piety, and to the fact that her greatest source of pride was not her noble blood but her son's achievements as a Captain in the Royal Navy.

Lived
c.1751 - 14 February 1817
Origin
Her father bought back the family seat of Brahan Castle
Father
Kenneth MacKenzie, Lord Fortrose, chief of the Clan MacKenzie. His father was William MacKenzie, Fifth Earl of Seaforth (d.1740), who forfeited his estates and title after he came out in the '15. Kenneth supported the government in the '45, bought back the Seaforth estates, and represented the Inverness Burghs in parliament. He died in 1761. The title Earl of Seaforth was restored for his son Kenneth, created First Earl of Seaforth in 1771, who had six sisters of whom Euphemia was the youngest. (3)
Mother
Mary Stewart, eldest daughter of Alexander Stewart, 6th Earl of Galloway, and Lady Anne Keith, daughter of George Keith, 8th Earl Marischal. (3)
Address
46 Heriot Row
Religious views
Her father's family were Roman Catholic. The preface of her will reads,
I desire to do it [make my will] in the presence of Almighty God and humbly pray that I may do it according to his blessed will, and do it justly and as I ought (4)
Wealth at death
£7,450
Chapel connection
1817, funeral. She was buried in Holyrood Abbey where she has an obelisk-style monument on the wall (see image below).
Married on
2 April 1771
Spouse
William Stewart of Castle Stewart (1737-1797), MP for Wigtown Burghs and then Kirkcudbright Stewartry from 1770-80
Children
Mary, Jane, Euphemia, Catherine, John. John was a Captain in the Navy who died before his mother who in her will wrote,
I bequeath to my eldest daughter Mary and her heirs a silver gilt cup which was presented to my beloved son by the Patriotic Society in testimony of their respect for his gallantry in his engagement with three Turkish ships. (4)
Related to
Alexander Hamilton, first cousin.

Monument

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory
  3. 'Kenneth Mackenzie, Lord Fortrose', in Wikipedia, accessed 4 January 2012
  4. Euphemia Stewart's Will, National Archives of Scotland SC70/1/16/335

Back to index