Appalachian Aristocracy: Adventures in Family History

John Alexander
Male 1587 - 1663

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  • Birth  ca 1587  Tarbert, Kentyre, Argyll, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Aft 1662  Eridy, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I10583  Master File
    Last Modified  18 Jan 2012 
    Family  Jean Stewart 
     1. Archibald Alexander,   b. 1610, Sterling, Menstrie, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1689, Manor Cunningham, Eredy, Ballieghan, Co. Donegal, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Alexander
    >3. Robert Alexander
     4. Andrew Alexander
    Last Modified  18 Jan 2012 
    Family ID  F6720  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Source: Our Alexander Heritage by Clarence D. Alexander 1976

      "John Alexander was an original settler of Co. Donegal, Ireland. He was born ca 1590 and believed to have been descended from the House of MacAlexander in Tarberrt, Kintyre, Scotland. He settled at Eredy near Raphoe Ireland."

      Source: "Memorials Of The Earl Of Stirling", and The House Of Alexander", by The Rev. Charles Rogers, LLD, 1887.

      "John Alexander was granted his tenancy at Eredy on 1 May 1613 (one of the settlers). The name Eredy resembles Eradell in South Kintyre, granted in 1484 to Tarlach MacAlexander of Tarbert.

      John Alexander of Eredy occupied several holdings. In the Hearth Tax roll he is styled, ?John Allexander of ye Dukes land? (Dukes = Duke of Lennox.) He appears to have had several sons? John Alexander, jun? Archibald Alexander of Ballybiglimore? William Alexander of Raphoe? Robert Alexander of Errigal. The seal attached to the will of John Alexander, younger of Eredy, dated 23 Sept 1690 displays a dexter arm embowed, the hand holding a dagger, the crest of his Scottish ancestors, the MacAlexanders of Tarbert. (pg 64)

      ... a rebellion of 1641-49. There was a battle at Glenmakwin near Raphoe with 500 Irish killed. In 1649 the Irish had successes, burning Manor Cunninghame and the town of St Johnstone. John Sr. and Jr. were both involved."

      Source: Sir Edmund Burke, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage and Burke's Landed Gentry "History of Irish Familes"

      "John Alexander original settler of Co Donegal, Ireland b. ca 1590 believed to have been descended from The House of MacAlexander in Tarbert Kintyre, Scotland. he settled in Eredy near Raphoe, Ireland."

      MacAlister of the Clan MacAlister "MACALEXANDERS IN ULSTER IRELAND AROUND 1613 "John Alexander born about 1585-90 (is thought to be a son of Archibald, (Laird of Tarbert in 1631), is found in 1613 as a tenant on land of James Cunningham, His portion of land is called 'Eredy'. It has been suggested that he changed his name to Alexander so as to receive land in Ulster which was only apportioned to Lowland Scots as well as English subjects. Most material states that this John of Eredy came from the Kintyre Peninsula rather than from Menstrie, Stirling, Scotland. Then perhaps this John Alexander came from North Ayrshire as did his landlord, James Cunningham Esquire"