1628 - 1704
||17 Nov 1704
||Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster Ireland
||24 Jan 2012 |
||Robert Alexander |
||Mary Hamilton, b. ca 1600, Stirling, Menstrie, Scotland |
||Mary Maxwell, b. ca 1628, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster, Ireland |
|>||1. William Alexander, b. 1646, Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. 1715, New Munster, Cecil Co. MD |
|>||2. Andrew Alexander, b. 1648, Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. 1700, Maryland |
|>||3. Elizabeth Alexander, b. ca 1650, Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. 1692, Manokin, Somerset Co. Maryland |
|>||4. James Alexander, Sr., b. 1652, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. 1717, New Castle, DE |
|>||5. Francis Alexander, b. 1654, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. 1719, New Munster, Cecil Co. MD |
|>||6. Samuel Alexander, Sr., b. 1657, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. 14 Jun 1733, Cecil Co. MD |
|>||7. Joseph Alexander, b. 1660, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. 14 Jun 1733, Cecil Co. MD |
|>||8. John Alexander, b. 1662, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. Aft 1718, Cecil Co. MD |
| ||9. Janet Alexander, b. 1665, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ulster, Ireland , d. 26 Mar 1691, Manokin, Somerset Co. Maryland |
||25 Jan 2012 |
- Source: Memorials of the earl of Stirling and of the house of Alexander
By Charles Rogers
Published by W. Paterson, 1877
James Alexander, designed "of Boghall," eldest son of Robert Alexander of Blackhouse, was born in 1634. He entered the University of Glasgow, where he graduated in 1653. Obtaining license as a probationer in 1655, he was the same year ordained minister of Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire. for his adherence to the Presbyterian polity, he was deprived by Act of Parliament, 11th June, and of the Privy Council, 1st October 1662. Accused of preaching and baptizing irregularly, he was summoned to Ayr in March 1669; he died of fever in the same year about the age of thirty-four (Fasti Eccl. Scot., vol. ii., p. 250).
He married Mary, daughter of John Maxwell of Southbar, descended from Adam Maxwell, fifth son of the first Lord Maxwell of Caerlaverock, by Elizabeth, daughter of William Cuninghame of craigends; she died in 1670. By her he had a son, John, and four daughters, Elizabeth, Mary, Jean, and Anna. His daughter Jean was, in September 1689, married to William Greenless, one of the magistrates of Paisley (Reg. Abbey Parish of Paisley).
Reverand Alexander was a minister of the Convoy congregation, approximately 4 miles from Raphoe, Donegal County, Ireland, until his death in 1704. Convoy is in the Laggan Presbtery. He was educated at King's College in Aberdeen, Scotland from 1666-1670. He was ordained 12 Dec 1677 and became a minister in Convoy in 1678.
Reverend Alexander, a member of the Laggan Presbytery in Raphoe was imprisoned, which may have induced his brothers to flee to America. He upheld his religious beliefs which were contrary to Royal Authority and was fined 20. The story is he was imprisoned for calling a fast to protest the policies of the Church of England. He was unable to pay and was jailed in Dublin, Ireland on 8 October 1681 until 20 April 1682 when he was released to the Sheriff and the fine was reduced to 20 shillings, paid by his friends.
His seven sons and two daughters left Ireland for America in the ship Welcome, landed in 21 September 1670 in Maryland.
Most probably Reverend Alexander and his wife are presumed to have remained in Ireland. Their children settled in Somerset and later in Cecil County Maryland.