Consanguine Blood Relations
Consanguinity is the distinguishable MARK of being descended from the
same ancestor as another person. The degree of relative consanguinity
can be illustrated with a consanguinity table, in which each level of
lineal consanguinity (i.e., generation) appears as a row, and
individuals with a collaterally-consanguinious relationship share the
same row. This is also known as a Cousin Chart. Con means to know, to
study carefully and commit to memory. Sanguinous means blood carrying,
and to make blood (reproduction). And, in turn, the Da Vinci Code
experts are told that the word, Sangraal-Sangrail is the true HOLY
Two families instrumental to the interlacement of a hidden Blood-Grail lineage, in Dan Brown's theological representation, as told in the Da Vinci Code, gain real substance when we consider the marriage of the daughter of Roslin Chapel's founder, William Sinclair and the brother of King James III of Scotland.
Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, was born in 1454, he was the son of James Stewart (James II), King of Scotland and his wife Marie von Geldern. Alexander married, firstly, Catherine Sinclair, daughter of William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness and Marjory Sutherland, before 1477. He and Catherine Sinclair were subsequently divorced on 2 March 1477 on the grounds of 'propinquity of blood' - consanguinity. He later remarried, the bride being, Anne de la Tour, daughter of Bernard VI de la Tour, Comte d'Auvergne and Louise de la Trémoille, in 1479, in France.
Clan Stewart or Clan Stuart is a Highland Scottish clan. The main branch is known as the Stuarts of Bute, an island off the West coast of Scotland. The chiefs of this clan would eventually become the Kings of Scotland and the Royal House of Stuart. Historically, however, the family appears to be descended from an ancient family who were seneschals of Dol in Brittany.
The Stewarts acquired lands in England after the Norman conquest, and family members migrated to Scotland when David I ascended to the throne of Scotland. Parallels can be drawn between the Sinclair & Stewart families' French origins. The two families were each granted extensive estates, and the office of High Steward of Scotland was made hereditary in the Stewart family
Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany was granted the titles of Earl of March and Lord of Annandale. Later, he was inaugurated, 1st Duke of Albany. In 1479 he was arrested by his brother, King James III, on suspicion of conspiracy, but the Duke escaped and fled to France. In October 1479 his estates and titles were dispossessed by the realm. In 1482 the disputatious Duke proclaimed himself the un-official King of Scotland and made an alliance with King Edward IV of England. However, he was soon afterwards reconciled with his brother, King James III. Between June 1482 and December 1482 he was restored to his estates and titles. He was then created Earl of Mar, in January 1482. On 27 June 1483, however, his estates and titles were again confiscated, after he had reconciled his disputes with the English.
The Duke of Albany invaded Scotland with English aid and fought in the Battle of Lochmaben on 22 July 1484. Locals were in full festive celebration, it was Mary Magdalene's Feast Day, when they had to abandon their fete to accommodate another English-Scottish border war. Alexander's forces were routed and he fled again to France. He died on 7 August, 1485 in Paris, accidentally killed at a jousting tournament. He was buried in France at the Church of the Celestines, Paris.