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From: "Helen Smith" <>
Subject: More on John of Eredy from the book, Vol II of Memorials
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 17:39:47 -0600


Below is some interesting material from this book. Note the mention of the seal of John Jr.'s will which evidently is not accepted as substantial evidence by the MacAlister Clan that indeed John of Eredy was originally a MacAlister. He perhaps is more likely from Menstrie or Ayrshire which was considered in the Lowlands. A grandson of Robert, "probable" son of John of Eredy has the crest of the Alexanders of Menstrie/Menstry on his tombstone in Dromore, co Tyrone, Ireland.





Pg. 61---Between the families of Alexander of Menstry and Cuninghame of Gleangarnock an intimacy had subsisted for generations. "John Cunynghame of Glengarno" was associated wth 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 June 1618 to foreclose the mortgage and take sasine of the lands. But this proceeding was only intended for his friend's protection.

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, Early of Glencairn, pursued by her husband's creditors was successfully defended by 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 lad siege to Londenderry. 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 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 o 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.




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