Alan fitz Walter
Born 1140 Died 1204 Title 2nd High Steward of Scotland Tenure 1177-1204 Nationality Scottish Eva Alesta of Mar Parents Walter fitz Alan Eschina
Alan fitz Walter (1140-1204) was hereditary  High Steward of Scotland and a crusader.
Alan was the son and heir of
Walter fitz Alan, by his spouse Eschina, who was possibly a member of a family from the south of Scotland. From 1178, the time of his succession to his father, until his death in 1204, Alan served as Steward of Scotland ( ) to dapifer William the Lion, King of Scots. It was during Alan's lifetime that his family acquired the  Isle of Bute.  He was possibly responsible for the erection of  Rothesay Castle on the island. 
Alan allegedly accompanied
Richard the Lionheart on the Third Crusade, from which he returned to Scotland in July 1191. None of the references, however, can be traced back to the period.  
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. 
Alan became a patron of the
Knights Templar and is responsible for expanding Templar influence in Scotland. There is no evidence, however, that he joined the Order before his death.
He appears as a witness to other charters of William The Lion.
He is buried with his father in
Marriage and issue
He married firstly,
 Eva, who is usually named as the daughter of  Sweyn Thor'sson, although some historians dispute Eva's parentage. They had no known issue.
By his second marriage to Alesta, daughter of
Morggán, Earl of Mar  and Ada, he had issue:
Some sources list Margaret of Galloway as Walter's mother.
William the Conqueror and other royalty .
Galloway is related to
^ a b c d
Barrow, Geoffrey Wallis Steuart (2004), "Stewart family (per. c.1110–c.1350), nobility", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (, (subscription or ) UK public library membership required) doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/49411 , retrieved 2011
Barrow, Geoffrey Wallis Steuart (1981), Kingship and unity: Scotland 1000–1306, University of Toronto Press, p. 112
^ a b c Simpson, David,
The Genealogical and Chronological History of the Stuarts, Edinburgh, 1713.
^ Macquarrie, Alan,
Scotland and the Crusades, 1095-1560, Edinburgh, 1985: 29/30.
Professor Geoffrey W. S. Barrow, editor, The Acts of William 1st, King of Scots, Edinburgh, 1971, vol.II, p.277, charter 237.
^ Burke, Messrs., John and John Bernard,
The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales, &c., volume 2, London, 1851, p.xl.
^ a b c d Burke, Messrs., John and John Bernard,
The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales &c., volume 2, London, 1851, p.xl.
References Mackenzie, A. M., MA., D.Litt., The Rise of the Stewarts, London, 1935, pps.10-11.