Lady Agnes Stewart (died 1557) was a Scottish noble. She was born the illegitimate[1] daughter of James Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan and Margaret Murray.[1] On 31 October 1552 she was legitimized, confirmed by Queen Mary of Guise under the Great Seal of Scotland.[1]


Lady Agnes Stewart married first Adam Hepburn, 2nd Earl of Bothwell in August 1511 (killed at the Battle of Flodden on 9 September 1513), secondly Alexander Home, 3rd Lord Home (executed on 8 October 1516),[2] thirdly Robert Maxwell, 5th Lord Maxwell (died 9 July 1546), and fourthly Cuthbert Ramsay, a burgess of Edinburgh, who survived her.[3][4] She died in February, 1557.[3][5]

Agnes Stewart was known as Lady Bothwell, or the Countess of Bothwell after her first marriage; as Lady Home during her second marriage; as Lady Maxwell during her third marriage. During her marriage to Cuthbert Ramsay she used one of her previous titles. Women in early modern Scotland did not use their husband's surnames after marriage.[6]


Children of Lady Agnes Stewart and Adam Hepburn, 2nd Earl of Bothwell include:

  1. Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell b. abt 1511 - 1513, d. Sep 1556[1][3]

Children of Lady Agnes Stewart and Alexander Home, 3rd Lord Home include:

  1. Janet Home, married John Hamilton of Samuelston (aka Clydesdale John), illegitimate son of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran[1][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 238. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  2. ^ HMC 12th Report part 8: MSS Earl of Home (London, 1891), pp. 80, 89-93: Calendar of Laing Charters (Edinburgh, 1899), p. 76 no. 301.
  3. ^ a b c Lundy, Darryl. "Agnes Stewart1 F, #108317, d. circ". p. 10832. Retrieved 2012-12-10.[unreliable source]
  4. ^ Sir James Balfour Paul (1904), The Scots Peerage, vol. 2 157
  5. ^ Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 240. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.
  6. ^ Jenny Wormald, Court, Kirk, and Community (London, 1981), p. 30.
  7. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Alexander Home, 3rd Lord Home". p. 10959. Retrieved 2012-12-10.[unreliable source]