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
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).