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- Born: About 1560
- Marriage (1): Unknown
This person is hypothetical based on the general understanding that McWilliam was a surname used as a Stuart alias. David McWilliam would therefore be the son of William (Stewart). The family, from their locus, are probably descended, on whichever side of the blanket, from the Stewarts of Badenoch.
Indeed 'David' itself may be an alias. Or the name may have been linked to his mother's family. The subsequent naming pattern, and the dating, suggest a possible connection to Alexander Stewart of Tannachy. The date of David's birth is of course approximated here. But the change from Stuart to McWilliam must have come around the time of the waning of the power of Mary Queen of Scots: after the murder of Darnley in which she was implicated, her marriage to Bothwell and subsequent abdication in 1567 and the civil war that followed, and her execution in 1587.
A "Mr William Stewart in Tannachy" is listed in the "Roll of those who received assurance without enacting themselves" produced by Major General Middleton "according to the ordinance of parliament". The date seems rather late for this possible individual, but it does suggest there was someone in Tannachy Stewarts in the 17th century by the name of William. The prefic "Mr" also suggests he was an edicated man. 1
Internet Site, https://www.rps.ac.uk/ The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707, K.M. Brown et al eds (St Andrews, 2007-2019) Charles I: [1646/11/177].