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John Alexander (son of Archibald Alexander and Elizabeth Alexander)107 was born Bet. 1589 - 1595 in Tarbert, Kintyre, in Argyll Scotland107, and died Bet. 1665 - 1668 in Eridy,Ballieghan, County Donegal Ulster,Ireland107.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Alexander:
John Alexander of "Erety" The townland was and is actually known as "Errity" and is in the Parish of Raymoghery which lies just beyond the town of Newtowncunningham outside of Letterkenny in County Donegal. The locals call is "Ray" pronounced "Rye".
The surname Alexander was popular on the west coast of Scotland particularly in Kintyre and in Ayrshire. There were also Alexander septs(close blood relatives) of Clan McAllister, Clan Donald, Clan McArthur and Clan McDonnell. Many McArthurs settled in Donegal close to the Newtowncunningham Alexanders and remain there to this day. Similarly the decendants of Peter Stevenson who was John Alexander's close neighbour in Errity still live and farm today in Letterkenny.
MEMORIALS OF THE EARL OF STIRLING Vol II, by the Rev. Charles Rogers, LLD, and Chart by Francis Thomas Anderson Junkin, LLD.,Chicago "William Alexander of Raphoe who is on a Hearth Roll Tax of 1662, named in parish of Clonleigh, county Donegal. This William is a son of John Alexander of Eredy. The name Eredy closely resembles Eradall, one of the merk lands in South Kintyre, granted by James III in 1484 toTarlach MacAlexander of Tarbert (Reg. Sig., lib. X., 9 ,reference). It says Sir William Alexander of Menstry, afterwards Earl of Stirling, maintained a correspondence with his relatives in Kintyre.
On the 1st of May 1613 Sir James Cuningham granded legal tenures on his lands in Donegal to thirty-nine persons who had made settlements thereeon . That portion of the lands called Eredy was divided among nine settlers, one whom was John Alexander (Inq.Can.Hib,vol ll)
....... in 1629, the original settlers included John Alexander of Eredy; he received new titles to the land which was chiefly appropriated to Scottish settlers (Hill's Montgomery MSS, p183)."
MEMORIALS Ch XXV pp 59-78
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. Evidently Sir William Alexander kept up with his relatives in Kintyre and also with Cunninghame of Glengarnock. Archibald Alexander of Tarbert visited Sir William at Menstry and was given burghal hounours in Stirling and the chief of MacAlexander made Sir William head of his clan. The Alexanders of Menstry and Cunninghames of Glengarnock were friendly for generations. Etc etc.
Burkes Peerage " John Alexander RN=2750 of Eridy, County Donegal (which lands he rented from Sir James Cunningham of Glenarnock, Ayrshire who acquited them on condition that he did not "alienate the premises to no mere Irishman or any other person unless he or they first take the oath of Supremacy" 1610. (Laggan material says just James Cunningham leased land called Eredy on May 1 1613 to John Alexander and several others. There is also a Sir James also listed.)
Maryland Herdilics Familes "Pg 62 " John Alexander, Sr., sold home in Gartmore, Scotland. John removed to Ireland and settled at Eredy, near Raphoe, County Donegal."
THE LAGGAN AND ITS PRESBYTERIANISM " The Appendixes have footnotes which give much information.Appendix A. (footnote 3) On the 1st of May 1613 James Cunningham let his lands as folows:----Eredy to Wm Arnett, Andrew Arnett, John Alexander, John Gutchine, Peter Stevenson, John Hamilton, Edward Homes and George Leich. (This is the earliest Alexander mentioned on record being in Ireland and the John of Eredy which most seem to think is the progenitor or our Scotch-Irish Alexander. Six other estates with names of leasees are mentioned.
John of Eredy. "On the 1st of May 1613, James Cunningham let his lands as following: Eredy to Wm Arnett and John Alexander, John Hutchine, Peter Stevenson, John Hamilton, Edward Homes and George Leich." He had quite a few other lands that he let to others. So it is my understanding that Eredy is the name of the land----not exactly a township which is what I thought before I read this. It says that the names of a few of the very earliest English and Scotch settlers in the Laggan have been preserved. Other Alexanders in tax rolls are Wm junior, Samuel and Andrew Alexander,and Archibald. Wonder if they could be ours or the ancestors of our 7 brothers?
John Alexander acquired his land,from the Cunningham family on 1st May 1613 adding to it in November 1614.
Lecky Laggan and its Presbyterianism " in the year 1665 with the names of the townlands in which they lived. In several instances families of the same name still live in the same townlands and are no doubt descendants of these old "residenters".
Ballibegly, Archibald Allexander
Ardee, John Allexander
Ballylennan John Alexander
Carnsannagh John Allexander, senior, John Allexander, junior

Birth: BET 1589 AND 1595 in Tarbert, Kintyre, in Argyll Scotland
Note:
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. His second son was named Archibald.
Memorials---it does appear that Rogers did explore this area for Alexanders and came to the conclusion that John of Eredy was from Kintyre. One of his main findings was the seal of the will of John of Eredy---junior which was of the Tarbert, Kintyre McAlisters.

Alex Heartiage " John Alexander was an original settler of Co. Donegal, IRE. He ws b.ca 1590 and believed to have been descended from the House of MacAlexander.in Tarberrt, Kintyre, W.Scotland. He settled at Eredy near Raphoe.IRE. They had at least four sons Robert, Andrew. Archibald, and William, and several more unknown.
Burkes Peerage "The Alexander family traditionally claims to be a branch of the Alexanders of Tarbert and to be cadets of the Scotish House of Menstry. A connected descent can only be shown, however from the original settler in Ireland----John Alexander RN=2750 of Eridy, County Donegal (which lands he rented from Sir James Cunningham of Glenarnock, Ayrshire who acquited them on condition that he did not "alienate the premises to no mere Irishman or any other person unless he or they first take the oath of Supremacy"
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 Eridy near Raphoe, Ireland. They had at least four sons, Robert Andrew, Archibald and Willaim and several more unknown.
THE LAGGAN AND ITS PRESBYTERIANISM " The Appendixes have footnotes which give much information.Appendix A. (footnote 3) On the 1st of May 1613 James Cunningham let his lands as folows:----Eredy to Wm Arnett, Andrew Arnett, John Alexander, John Gutchine, Peter Stevenson, John Hamilton, Edward Homes and George Leich. (This is the earliest Alexander mentioned on record being in Ireland and the John of Eredy which most seem to think is the progenitor or our Scotch-Irish Alexander. Six other estates with names of leasees are mentioned.
John of Eredy. "On the 1st of May 1613, James Cunningham let his lands as following: Eredy to Wm Arnett and John Alexander, John Hutchine, Peter Stevenson, John Hamilton, Edward Homes and George Leich." He had quite a few other lands that he let to others. So it is my understanding that Eredy is the name of the land----not exactly a township which is what I thought before I read this. It says that the names of a few of the very earliest English and Scotch settlers in the Laggan have been preserved. Other Alexanders in tax rolls are Wm junior, Samuel and Andrew Alexander,and Archibald. Wonder if they could be ours or the ancestors of our 7 brothers?
Burkes Irish Records " John Alexander (RN=2750) of Eredy and Loughtown, Donadea, Co.Kildare, b. 19 Sep 1627 (d.o.b. probably wrong WRP) m. Mrs. Chloe Vershoyle-Greene, elder dau of L.K. Versshoyle-Campbell, of Tassagart,Saggart, Co. Dublin Lineage.
He had four sons
1) John Alexander (RN=2744) Capt., of Enagh and Caw, Co. Derry (on the east bank of Ross'e Bay purchased 1686 m. 1st and had issue: Alexander Alexander of Girlaw, Aughentame, ur Cloger, County Tyrone, m. Jean Stewart of Killymoon, Cookstown Co.Tyrone and had issue, four sons and two daughters.-
2): Archibald Alexander (RN=2754) of Ballybigmore.
3) Robert Alexander (RN=2756) (1663) took part in Siege of Derry and for his services was granted lands in Drumquin, Ardstraw. Co., Tyrone. He had dissue
4) Wlliam Alexander (RN=2755).
Leyburn's the Scotch Irish--we know that John of Eredy HAD to be at least 18 years old in 1613 to become a tenant-- ie born at least by 1595
Roger's Memorals "Gorrie (nickname for Godfrey) Alexander born by 1611 or before as he was of age in 1627. Gorrie may be brother to John of Eredy. Gorrie must be oldest son as he was the heir of Tarbert castle.

Death: BET 1665 AND 1668 in Eridy, Ballieghan, County Donegal Ulster,Ireland
Note:
MEMORIALS OF THE EARL OF STIRLING", and or the HOUSE OFALEXANDER", by
the Rev. Charles Rogers, LLD, and Chart by Francis Thomas Anderson
Junkin, LLD.,Chicago
Memorials, Vol II seems to say that John of Eredy was associated with William Alexander in parish of Clonleigh in 1663 and then in 1665 both he and William were named in the parish of Raphoe.
William is a son of John Alexander of Eredy. "The name Eredy closely resembles Eradall, one of the merk lands in South Kintyre, granted by James III in 1484 toTarlach MacAlexander of Tarbert (Reg. Sig., lib. X., 9 ,reference)." It says Sir William Alexander of Menstry, afterwards Earl of Stirling,maintained a correspondence with his relatives in Kintyre....... in 1629,the original settlers included John Alexander of Eredy; he received new titles to the land which was chiefly appropriated to Scottish settlers (Hill's Montgomery MSS, p183).
Archibald and Robert appear to be the oldest sons of John of Eredy as they are carrying arms on their own lands in 1630. In those days the oldest son named after father's father and second son named after mother's father and third son named after the father. John Jr. does appear to be the third son as he was still with his father in 1630 Muster Rolls.

Father: ARCHIBALD\ALASTAIR MACALISTER MAC ALEXANDER b: ABT 1560 in Tarbert, Kintyre, in Argyll Scotland

Father: Archibald ALEXANDER b: ABT 1540 in Menstire, Parish of Logie, Clakmannshire, Sterling, Scotland
Mother: Elizabeth ALEXANDER b: ABT 1560

Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
Note:
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. His second son was named Archibald.
From Roger's Vol II of Memorials: In the district of Laggan lying between Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly in co Donegal---that district which John Alexander of Eredy occupied several holdings. In the Subsidy Roll of the county of Donegal for 1662 he is styled John Allexander of ye Dukes land (Dukes of Lennox). In Clonmany parish he is described as John Allexander of Erithy (Eredy), and in the parish of Raphoe as John Allexander of Maghercolton. He is also named in the Hearth Roll Tax (HRT) of the parish of Clonleigh

Probable Sons of John of Eredy
Chapter XXV Families of Eredy, County Donegal and Girlaw, County Tyrone.
This chapter deals with the Alexanders starting with John Alexander of Eredy found as tenant on land of James Cunningham, Esquire in 1613. Rogers says that in a survey of the province of Ulster in 1580-1609, that among the owners of lands or baronies, the family name of Alexander does not appear. (Map of Ireland 1609; Petty's Census Returns: Hardinge on the earliest Irish Census).
The commissioner divided the lands into portions of two thousand, fifteen hundred, and one thousand acres. Within four years, those with largest portions were to build a castle and bawn (walled enclosure), to secure inhabitants and their cattle. Second class owners were to build within two years a stone or brick house and bawn; and those of the third class a bawn only.
On the recommendation of the Commissioners, letters-patent, dated 19 July 1610, were granted to Sir James Cuninghame of Glengarnock, Ayrshire, conferring on him and his heirs two thousand acres in the precincts of Portlagh, barony of Raphoe and county of Donegal. The parcels (quarters) of land were designated Moragh, Dryan, Magherybegg, Magherymore, Tryan, Carickmore, Grachley and two portions of land called Eredy.
The lands of Glengarnock in the parish of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire and extending to 1400 acres, were acquired in 1293 by Reginald Cuninghame, second son of Sir Edward Cuninghame of Kilmaurs, through his marriage with the heiress, Riddell. The lands remained in the family until 1613 when Sir James Cuninghame of Glengarnock assigned the estate to his creditors. (So the Ulster land was originally assigned to Sir James and he evidently divided it among other Cunningham relatives)
On the 1st of May 1613 Sir James Cuninghame granted legal tenures on his land in Donegal to 39 persons who had made settlements thereon, That portion called Eredy was divided among nine settlers, one of whom was John Alexander. (Inq. Can. Hib. Vol ii).
"The name Eredy closely resembles Eradall, one of the merk lands in south Kintyre granted by James III in 1484 to Tarlack MacAlexander of Tarbert (Reg. Mag. Sig. Lib x,9) Sir William Alexander of Menstry afterwards Earl of Stirling maintained a correspondence with his relatives in Kintyre while he and his predecessors were in habits of intimacy with the house of Cuninghame of Glengarnock." It continues with the fact that Sir William invited Archibald Alexander of Tarbert to Stirling and procured him burghal honours at Stirling while the chief of MacAlexander in reciprocal friendship, acknowledged him as head of his clan (vol I p 147). This is mentioned in Volume I about Sir William and Archibald in 1631 and implied that Sir William was anxious to have a crest and requested Archibald, then chief of clan to visit him.
Pg. 61Between the families of Alexander of Menstry and Cuninghame of Gleangarnock an intimacy had subsisted for generations. "John Cunynghame of Glengarno" was associated with Alexander Alexander of Menstry-great-grandfather of Sir William Alexander -and others, in a contract with John Bishop of Dunkeld and
Pg. 62
Donald, Abbot of Coupar, the instrument bearing date 22nd Dec 1547. By Robert Alexander of Stirling, a scion of the house of Menstry was granted a loan of 200 merks to James Cuninghame, fifth Earl of Glencairn, to whom sir James Cuninghame was related alike by kindredship and marriage. (Will of Lord Glencairn.)
To enable him to complete the purchase of his lands in Donegal, sir William Alexander granted to Sir James Cuninghame a loan of 400 sterling, for which on the 26th Feb 1613-14 he obtained a mortgage on the lands. (Rec.of Irish Rolls Vol. v.96). As Sir James's creditors continued importunate, Sir William Alexander proceeded on the 24th
According to Pynar ---who made a survey of Ulster in 1619, Sir James Cuninghame had on his estate in Donegal erected "a bawne of lyme and stone and a small house in it in which the lady and her daughter do now dwell". He found near the bawn "a small village consisting of twelve houses, inhabited with British tenants. (Survey of Ulster).
Sir James Cuninghame died in 1623 leaving a widow. This lady, a daughter of James Seventh, Earl of Glencairn, pursued by her husband's creditors was successfully defended by Sir William Alexander (Reg. of Letters). In 1629, Sir John Cunninghame son of the Sir James obtained the superiority of his father's lands and had them erected into a manor with power to create tenures (Morris Cal., Charles I p 453). Thereupon the original settlers including John Alexander of Eredy received new titles to their lands and taking the oath of supremacy obtained denization (ie.British citizenship in Ireland) (Irish Inq. Vol ii, 1629).
In the district of Laggan lying between Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly in co Donegal---that district which John Alexander of Eredy occupied several holdings. In the Subsidy Roll of the county of Donegal for 1662 he is styled "John Allexander of ye Dukes land" (Dukes of Lennox). In Clonmany parish he is described as "John Allexander of Erithy (Eredy), and in the parish of Raphoe as "John Allexander of Maghercolton". He is also named in the Hearth Roll Tax (HRT) of the parish of Clonleigh.
Pg 64. John Alexander of Eredy appears to have had several sons. In the HRT of Clonmany parish for 1665, is named as householder, "John Alexander, jun." In Taghboyne parish Archibald Alexander is in the Sub. Roll for 1662 assessed for L13.15s; he is in 1663 in HRT of Taghboyne parish entered as Archibald Alexander of Ballybiglimore.
In the parish of Clonleigh in 1663 John Alexander is associated with a "William Alexander and in the roll of that parish for 1665 he is named along with William Alexander of the parish of Raphoe. In the HTR of parish of Errigal co Londonderry in 1663 is named Robert Alexander at Dunvaddy and Mevoy.
He tells about O'Neill's revolt of 1641 in the Laggan who was defeated in 1643 by Sir Robert Stewart. The rebellion was renewed in 1649 and rebels laid siege to Londonderry. And in the following August a party of Irish dragoons burned the fort of Corrigans and manor Cuninghame and the town of St Johnstone, compelling the Stewarts to abandon the siege of Londonderry and return to the Laggan. In the former as well as present operations against the rebels, John Alexander of Eredy and his son John had rendered important service and so recommended themselves to the favour of Sir Alexander Stewart, younger of Aughentane. Probably on his recommendation John Alexander the younger received compensation for the destruction of his property by the rebels in 1649. He is named tenth in a long list of persons so compensated on 2nd Jan 1668.----'"To John Alexander, forty-seaven pounds two shillings and ten pence " (Parch. Roll, Act of Settlement).
John Alexander obtained the rank of Captain in the Laggan army. He resided some time at Londonderry and latterly at Dublin where he died in 1690. His will dated 23RD Sept. 1690 Prov. 21 Feb. 1691. The testator styles himself "Captain John Alexander" and appoints his wife, Susanna Alexander his executrix and sold legatee. In the Register of Prerogative Court the testator is styled "Captain John Alexander nuper de Londonderry", while the seal attached to his will displays a dexter arm embowed, the hand holding a dagger, the crest of his Scottish ancestors, the MacAlexanders (MacAlisters) of Tarbert.
According to tradition, Captain John Alexander was twice married. By his first marriage he had a son, Alexander named after his commander Sir Alexander Stewart of Aughentane. His son obtained on the Aughentane estate, the lands of Girlaw, in the barony of Clogher and co. of Tyrone. He married Jean Stewart of Killymoon. His father in-law was not happy about this marriage. Also, he angered his father by adhearing to the Presbyterian Church, which his father, (John Jr.) had deserted.
Alexander Alexander had four sons, John, Hugh, William and Alexander and two daughters, Mary and Jane. The youngest, Alexander lived at Cloon, near Lisbellan in co of Fermanagh and had two sons Andrew and Joseph, and a dau. Mary.
William, 3rd son of Alexander Alexander lived to an advanced age. He married Anne Baxter of Glenoo and had 3 sons, and dau Margaret, a son William of Drumbad who died unmarried, and James resided at Tullynevin and died unmarried. Daniel, eldest son married Margaret Burnside in Co. Fermanah, died abt 1809 aged 93.
----John, second son of Daniel emigrated to Philadelphia. Died unmarried
This goes on down with this line. A son of Hugh (Alexander Alexander) had a son Robert who settled in Philadelphia where he married and had children. Also 4th son George emigrated to America and there died unmarried. This chapter goes to pg 78 and includes the General Ruxton Eneas Alexander, elder surviving son of Col. William Alexander b. 1825 and for whom the book was written.
ALEXANDERS LISTED IN APPENDIX OF REV. LECKY'S BOOKS ON THE LAGGAN
Parish of Taughboyne HTR 1663: Ballybegleymore: Archibald Allexander
Hearth tax rolls of 1665 Taughboyne Parish with townlands in which they lived.
Ballibegly: Archibald Allexander
Ardee: John Allexander
Ballylennan: John Alexander
Carnsaannagh: John Allexander sr and jr.
Parish of Clonleigh, HTR 1665
Clonleigh: John Alexander
Parish of Raphoe (included Convoy) 1665
Maghrisollus: John Alexander
Lismontigly: Wm. Alexander

Note: John of Eredy could have owned land in several areas at the same time. John and John Jr. apparently were living on Manor Cunningham in 1649, near St. Johnstone. (Johnstown) See text above.

Children
Archibald ALEXANDER b: ABT 1610 in Tarbert, Kintyre, in Argyll Scotland
Robert de Meyboy ALEXANDER b: ABT 1610 in Tarbert, Kintyre, in Argyll Scotland
John ALEXANDER b: BET 1612 AND 1614 in Tarbert, Kintyre, in Argyll Scotland
William ALEXANDER b: BET 1620 AND 1626 in Parish of Ray and Barony of Raphoe.
Andrew ALEXANDER b: 1633 in of Gannochy in Errigal, Co. of Londwnderry

Source:

Sources:

The Alexanders of New Munster, Maryland
H Jack Wells

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Children of John Alexander are:
  1. Archibald Alexander, b. Abt. 1610, Tarbert, Kintyre, in Argyll Scotland, d. March 31, 1689, Eridy, Ballieghan, County Donegal Ulster,Ireland.
  2. Robert De Meyboy Alexander, b. 1610, Tarbert, Kintyre, Argyll, Scotolad107, d., Drumiquim, Tyrone, Ireland.
  3. John Alexander, b. 1612, Tarbert, Kintyre, in Argyll Scotland107, d. February 21, 1690/91, Dublin, Ireland.
  4. +William Alexander, b. Bet. 1620 - 1626, Parrish of Ray, Barony of Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland107, d. Aft. 1665, Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland107.
  5. Andrew Alexander, b. 1633, Gannochy in Errigal, Co. of Londonderry, d. Aft. 1689.
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