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Major Gen. David Stewart, of Garth, engraved by George Baird Shaw after
Sir John Watson Gordon (1835)

From: Robert Chambers (ed.) A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen (Glasgow: Blackie, 1835)

David Stewart of Garth (1772–1829) worked with Sir Walter Scott on the committee which organized the visit of George IV to Edinburgh in August 1822. A hero of the Napoleonic Wars, Stewart is now best-known as the author of Sketches of the Character, Manners and Present State of the Highlanders of Scotland (1822). In 1828 he was appointed Governor of St Lucia. In a letter to J. G. Lockhart of 14 July 1828, Scott expresses his pleasure in the appointment, praising Stewart as a 'highlander of the old stamp' (Letters, X, 468).