surname derived from the word standard, of which it is a corruption,
being anciently written de la Standarde. The first of this name came to
England with William the Conqueror, as standard-bearer to the vicomte de
Pulesdon, a noble Norman.
A family of the name of
Stodart possessed estates in Selkirkshire, and elsewhere in Scotland,
since the 16th century. Robert Stodart, born in 1749, youngest son of
John Stodart of Loanhead, a cadet of this line, after being for some
time in the West Indies, settled in London, and was offered a baronetcy
by Mr. Pitt, then prime minister, but declined it. He acquired the
estates of Kailzie, Peebles-shire, and Ormiston, Mid Lothian, both of
which were subsequently sold. He died in 1831. He had married in 1784,
Alice, eldest daughter and coheiress of James Turnbull, Esq., the last
male representative in the direct line of a branch of the ancient border
family of Turnbull. On the death of her only sister, Mrs. Riddle,
without issue, Mrs. Stodart became sole heiress of the old family. They
had six sons and four daughters. John, the fifth son, assumed the
additional name of Riddle, from respect to his aunt. The eldest son,
Robert, on his death in 1837, was succeeded in the representation of the
family by his brother, George, born in 1789; married Janet, only child
of his relative, James Stodart, Esq., F.R.S.L.
Mr. Stodart of Loanhead
is represented by George Tweedie Stodart, Esq. of Oliver, Peebles-shire,
who, on the death of his maternal uncle, succeeded to the estates of the
chiefs of the ancient border clan of Tweedie.
In the stewartry of
Kirkcudbright is the family of Stothert of Cargen, which seems but
another form of the name of Stodart.