Alan fitz Walter
(1140 – 1204 Anderson, William, The Scottish Nation
, Edinburgh, 1867, vol.ix, p.512) was hereditary High Steward of Scotland
and a crusader.
Alan was the eldest son of Walter fitz Alan
by his spouse Eschyna de Londoniis, of Molla & Huntlaw, and succeeded, upon his father's death in 1177, as High Steward of Scotland.edit: eschyna was his father's wife, but it probably not alan's mother. mother unknown.
Alan fitz Walter accompanied Richard the Lionheart
on the Third Crusade, from which he returned to Scotland in July 1191.Simpson, David, The Genealogical and Chronological History of the Stuarts
, Edinburgh, 1713. Macquarrie, Alan, Scotland and the Crusades, 1095 – 1560
, Edinburgh, 1985: 29/30.
A Royal Grant to Kinloss Abbey
, signed at Melrose Abbey
was made between 1179 and 1183. Amongst the witnesses are the Abbot of Melrose, the Abbot of Newbottle
, Richard de Morville
, Constable of Scotland, 'Alan, son of Walter the Steward, and William de Lauder. Professor Geoffrey W. S. Barrow
, editor, The Acts of William 1st, King of Scots
, Edinburgh, 1971, vol.II, p.277, charter 237.
Alan fitz Walter became a patron of the Knights Templar
and is responsible for expanding Templar influence in Scotland.
He appears as a witness to other charters of William The Lion
. Burke, Messrs., John and John Bernard, The Royal Families of England,......