Daniel Stewart ~ Benefactor

Daniel Stewart: Born to a family of crofters in Logierait, Strathtay, Perthshire in 1740 or 1741, Daniel Stewart spent his early life as a herd boy. After an apprenticeship with a wig-maker in Edinburgh he traveled to India as valet to a client of that wig-maker. Upon his employer’s death he came into £11,000; from this fortune he amassed even greater wealth by speculating in property. Now wealthy he found himself appointed as Master of the Court of Exchequer. Daniel Stewart is the subject of a portrait by Henry Raeburn in the style of Joshua Reynolds. Daniel Stewart never married but lived alone at Windmill Street in Edinburgh form 1786. He died in 1814 an left his fortune in trust to care for a dependent and then for several charities. Part of the money went to found a domicile for healthy indigent boys in 1859 – but within eleven years of establishment the school became a commercial enterprise.