Profiles in Royalty: The Royal House of Stuart
Oct 23, 2004
Author: Tracy R. Twyman
On March 26, 1371, the Royal House of Stuart was founded by King Robert II of Scots. Before taking on the crown, they had served as hereditary “Stewards” to the previous Scottish kings, including Robert the Bruce, and that is where the family name came from. They have been one of the most prominent Grail families in history, and their official guardians were the Knights Templar. According to Laurence Gardner, the family's current historiographer royal, “The Stewarts’ maternal forebears were seneschals in Brittany, and they were of the same ancestral stock as the earlier Merovingian Kings of the Franks, in descent from the Royal House of Judah.” As his best-selling book Bloodline of the Holy Grail claims, “Their Scots lineage was of the Arimathea succession, and their Breton heritage was that of Christ himself, through the Fisher Kings.” Their coat of arms contained the fleur-de-lys, the Lion of Judah, and the unicorn, whose horn supposedly represented “the virile Jesus.”
After the death of England's Queen Elizabeth in 1603, James VI of Scots was chosen as her closest living relative, and invited to become king over England as well. Britain was in Stuart hands until James’ son, King Charles I married Henrietta Maria, daughter of French King Henri IV, and more importantly, a Catholic. Anglicans and Puritans in parliament were both enraged, and the tension that this caused resulted in civil war between the parliamentary Roundheads, lead by Oliver Cromwell, and the royalist Cavaliers, who were loyal to the king. The Roundheads won the day, and after hanging King Charles, Oliver Cromwell appointed himself as the dictatorial “Lord Protector”, dissolving parliament and enacting martial law to enforce his sanctimonious rules. Cromwell died in 1658, and his son Richard succeeded him, only to be overthrown two years later by King Charles Stuart II.
Charles II was a popular king, and it was under his patronage that the Masonic “Invisible College” (a.k.a. “the Royal Society”) was formed. However, when he was succeeded by his brother, King James VII (II of England) more bad luck ensued. For when James issued his Declaration of Liberty of Conscience, granting freedom of worship to all British citizens, he was deposed by the Whig parliament and run out of town. The reigns of power were offered to his daughter, Mary, and her husband, the Dutch William of Orange. This resulted in the rise of a new, Masonically-influenced Royalist opposition known as the Jacobites (reminiscent of the “Jacobins” of the French Revolution). Over the next several years they staged a number of attempted insurgencies on behalf of James and his successors, James Edward Stuart (The Old Pretender), and later grandson Charles Edward Louis Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. The latter campaign culminated in the “45” of 1745, in which Charlie's force of 2000 men won three battles in Scotland, invading England as far as Derby. They were defeated at the battle of Culloden, however, and Prince Charlie fled back to exile in France.
Afterwards, Prince Charlie's inheritance was said to have passed onto his brother Henry, a Catholic cardinal who died childless, supposedly ending the line of succession. This is what has gone down in history ever since. However, according to the modern Royal House of Stewart, what has been ignored is that Charles was married at the time of
his death, and had a legitimate son, Edward James Stewart, whom Charles had declared his successor in his most recent will. And over the years, the bloodline has supposedly been kept intact, resulting six generations later in Prince Michael James Stewart, who in 1976 returned to Scotland to reclaim his inheritance. Now Prince Michael Stewart of Albany and his Royal House of Stewart are making a comeback, with an independent Scottish monarchy at the forefront of their agenda. In the pages that follow, we offer an in-depth interview with both Prince Michael and his industrious American Ambassador, HE Sir Scott Stewart. The result is a startling look into family secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation - secrets which have a profound importance to humanity at large.