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William (1st Earl of Stirling) Alexander[1]

Male Abt 1576 - 1640  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name William (1st Earl of Stirling) Alexander 
    Born Abt 1576 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Feb 1639/40 
    Person ID I61696  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2013 

    Father Alexander (of Menstrie) Alexander,   d. 10 Feb 1579-1580 
    Mother Marion (of Gartavertane) Graham,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F27652  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Janet Erskine,   d. Aft 10 May 1649 
    Married Abt 3 Jan 1600/01 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Alexander,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. William (Viscount Canada) Alexander,   b. Bef 1619,   d. 18 May 1638  (Age ~ 19 years)
     3. Henry (3rd Earl of Stirling) Alexander,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Margaret (of Stirling) Alexander,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Alexander (8Th Son of Stirling) Alexander,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F21236  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was a courtier in the Kingdom of Scotland before the accession of James VI to the throne of England, and was knighted in 1614. In 1621 King James I granted him a royal charter appointing him governor of a vast territory in North America which was erected into a lordship and barony of Nova Scotia (New Scotland); the area now know as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and part of the northern United States. The creation of Baronets of Nova Scotia was used to settle the plantation of the new province.

      Alexander was an active promoter of his New Scotland and brought many British settlers to the maritimes. He was appointed Secretary for Scotland in 1626 and held that office for the rest of his life. In 1630, King Charles rewarded his service by creating him Viscount of Stirling and in 1633 he became Earl of Stirling.

      Lord Stirling's efforts at colonisation were less successful, at least from a monetary standpoint. He spent his fortune, and when the maritimes were returned to France in 1632, it was lost. He spent his later years with limited means, and died in London on September 12, 1640.

  • Sources 
    1. [S883] Hamish Maclaren.