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The Stuart Of Bute Clan

The Stuart of Bute's  are descended from Sir John Stewart, natural son of King Robert II. He was known as The Black Stewart to distinguish him from his half-brother, Sir John Stewart of Dundonald, who was called The Red Stewart. The Black Stewart was heritable Sheriff of Bute about 1385. Sir James Stuart was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1627. In 1703 the 3rd Baronet was elevated as Earl of Bute. The 4th Earl was created Marquis of Bute in 1796.