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  1. James Stewart, Commendator of Kelso and Melrose (c. 1529–1557) was a member of the Scottish royal family. Career. James Stewart was a son of James V of Scotland and Elizabeth Schaw, a member of the Schaw of Sauchie family. His exact birthdate is unknown. A document dated 1534 states he was in his fifth year.

  2. James Stewarts position as Commendator of the Abbeys of both Kelso and Melrose in the Scottish Borders during the 1540s and 50s gave him significant status in the Borders region. As commendator, he exerted his authority not only over the lands and income of both these affluent abbeys but was also responsible for local defence.

  3. James Stewart was the eldest son among at least nine illegitimate children fathered by King James V. The seal matrix indicates Stewart's position as Commendator of Melrose and Kelso Abbeys, bestowed on him by his father, the King.

  4. Scope and Contents Charter by James [Stewart], commendator of the monasteries of Kelso and Melrose, with consent of his convent, granting to Andrew Brounfield in Pittillisheuch, and Janet Dickson, his spouse, in conjunct fee, and their heirs-male, whom failing, the nearest heirs-male of the said Andrew, the £5 lands of Pittillisheuch, lying ...

  5. The Abbot of Kelso (later Commendator of Kelso) was the head of the Tironensian monastic community at Kelso Abbey in the Scottish Borders. The Abbey was originally founded at Selkirk in 1113 by David, Prince of the Cumbrians (r. 1113–1124), and thus the first three Abbots were Abbots of Selkirk.

  6. www.douglashistory.co.uk › history › james_stewartJames Stewart, Lord of Douglas

    James Stewart of Tynninghame, Lord Douglas, was afterwards made commendator of the great abbeys of Kelso and Melrose, 6 and being thus amply provided for, he surrendered the lordship of Tynninghame and office of bailiary in favour of his brother, James Stewart, then commendator of the priory of St. Andrews, afterwards created successively Earl ...

  7. Control of the abbey was secularized in the 16th century and after the accession of James Stewart, the abbey was held by commendators. The last commendator, James Douglas of Lochleven, resigned the abbacy to William Douglas, 6th Earl of Morton (his nephew) in December 1606, and