Sir Walter Fitz-Alan, 1st High Steward of Scotland

Male Abt 1108 - 1177  (~ 69 years)

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  • Name Walter Fitz-Alan 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix 1st High Steward of Scotland 
    Born Abt 1108  Paisley, Renfrewshhire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1177 
    Person ID I9567  adkinshorton
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2013 

    Father Alan Fitz-Flaad, Sheriff of Shropshire,   b. About 1078, Dol, Bretagne, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F26981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    +1. Alan Fitz-Walter, 2nd High Steward of Scotland,   b. Abt 1126, Abbey, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F26980  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Map of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
    Map of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

    Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, Scotland
    Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, Scotland

  • Notes 
    • The second son was Walter Fitz-Alan (d. 1177). He went to Scotland in the service [as a Knight] of King David I, and had large possessions conferred on him in Renfrewshire. Under the reign of Eadgar, King of Scotland (1097-1107), the Croun authority only extended south of the Forth of Clyde. The western islands and extreme north were possessed by the Norwegions. Eadgar was son of King Malcolm Canmore (reigned 1058-1093), and St. Margaret, sister of Eadgar Aetheling, who was sole representative of the Saxon Ruler of England after the death of King Harold and his brothers, at the battle of Hastings in 1066.

      Scotland and England, then at peace, and during this and the later reigns of Alexander I (1107-1124) and David I (1124-1153) many Norman Nobles entered the Scottish service in the wars against the Norwegians being rewarded by large grants of the captured lands.

      David I had been educated in England under the Norman teachers, and brought Normans and Norman customs with him to Scotland, amongst whom was Walter Fitz-Alan. He was created Dapifer (Steward or Seneschal) of the Royal Household, which title became hereditary in the family. He founded the Monastery of Paisley in 1160, and he and De Morville were witness to a charter of David I, to the Abbey o Melrose.

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