Dec 112015

Followers of my Stedman work over the years will note that I have avoided doing a lot of the Stedman genealogies in Scotland. This is in part because I do not have good access to primary documentation from Scotland without paying the outrageous fees requested by Scotland’s people. (I am half Scottish myself…)

A primary work that I have tried to transcribe into this genealogy has been the 1858 Barton-Steadman genealogy by John Stedman of Bath. This work has many critics. From that, several trees have been drawn. I have made a PDF of a tree I was sent about 2005 and you can view it here :

Barton-Steadman Family Tree.

I have received a number of other documents on the Genealogy of the various Steedman families in Scotland. An important recent addition has been extracted from David Marshall’s “Kinross-shire and Its Owners” that is in the Kinross library. I have received a photocopy of that document from my colleague David Stedman in Wales. This work presents some serious differences to the 1858 John Stedman of Bath (JoB) work. I have not yet been able to process this at all and convert it into a modern genealogy I can present to you on this web site, but at least I can share the source material and welcome your help in sorting this out. Kinross-shire and its Owners by David Marshall.

Lastly, I have documented a link that I am sure is wrong. Hopefully, this last work will help sort this out correctly. Robert Steedman, son of James Steedman and his cousin Janet Steedman was probably not the husband of Margaret Lambert, as published in many genealogies. We now believe that it was another Robert Steedman. There is evidence suggesting that Robert, son of James and Janet, died young. He was also part of the Barton-Steadman family (if you believe JoB…). DNA evidence from two Steedman men (one in Canada and one in New Zealand) gives them different DNA from what we see for presumed Barton-Steadman descendants. (Hopefully, David will elaborate on that comment…) We have another DNA match to this family that I still have not been able to connect into this family and may come in from an earlier generation.

As you may deduce from the additions I am making to the UK Stedman/etc genealogies, my current interest is in fully documenting the UK Stedman families of the 19th and 20th centuries. That way I can determine how many lines trail back to the 1700s where sorting out families is more difficult. I want your help with your research, especially into the Scottish families, to try to make sense of what now seems to be a jumble.

Thanks for reading…


  4 Responses to “The Steedmans of Scotland and Kinross”

  1. Hello Are you aware of this resource re the Steadman family in the archives in Perth, Scotland.

  2. Looking at your Barton/Steedman family tree, I am interested in John Stedman (1740-1800) of Hayfield a surgeon who was the son of James Steedman born 1704 and married to Janet Steedman, daughter of Robert Steedman maltster in Kinross, in 1728 and divorced in 1742. James Steedman is the son of James Steedman and Jean Kennoway. This different to your tree.
    James and Janet had six children but four of them died as infants, only John above and his older sister, Jean, survived. Jean married William Spence a surgeon.

    • Adam – the volunteers at the kinross museum have been researching John steedman of hayfield for many years. You might want to contact them once the museum is open for business.

  3. Hi John
    I am curious whether you know whether the first prime minister of Australia, Edmund Barton, was related to this Barton family?

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