Margaret Alexander: Birth: ABT 1620.
Henry Alexander: Death: BEF 11 JUN 1649
Charles Alexander: Death: BEF 30 MAR 1663
Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] [alexander.ged] From Lee Clayton Parker: Sir William Alexander, the Earl of Stirling was the only son of Alexander Alexander and his w ife Marion. He was born about 1567 in Menstrie, Parish of Logie, Clackmannshire, Scotland. Wh en Alexander Alexander died in 1581, William and two sisters were left in the charge of his g randuncle, James Alexander, a Burgess of Stirling. It is fairly certain that he attended Glas gow University and probably Leyden as well. As a young man he was chosen to accompany the se venth Earl of Argyle on the customary Grand Tour, which took him through France, Italy and Sp ain. As a result of this service he was later given the entire barony of Menstrie. Shortly after returning from this trip he met and wooed the young musically talented and ari stocratic Janet Erskine, whose family had been keepers of Stirling Castle and protectors of p rinces of the realm. They were married in 1601 and as far as is known their relationship wa s both happy and fruitful, Janet gave him seven sons and three daughters and outlived him aft er 40 years of married life. His kinship to the Argyles also gave him access to the Scottish court and an introduction t o King James VI. KIng James appointed Sir William to the position of tutor to Prince Henry, t he Kingus eldest son and heir to the throne. Sir Williamus eldest son William led Sir Williamus first expendion to Nova Scotia in 1627 a t which time he had already graduated from Glasgow University. His second son was Anthony wh o also studied at Glasgow University and became an architect. Anthony eventually became the K ingus Master of Works and Head of all Masons. Anthony died in Sept of 1637. William Jr. died a few months later. Sir William died in London, impoverished and hounded b y creditors in Sept. of 1640. His wife Janet had to apply for and live upon a Crown pension i n her remaining years. There was involvement of at least two of Sir William Alexander's sons with Scottish Freemason ry early in the 17th C. William Alexander was likely born in 1567 or soon afterwards, the onl y son of Alexander Alexander and his wife Marion. Birth records of the parish of Logie, of wh ich Menstrie was part have been lost. Little or nothing is known of his earliest years spen t in Menstrie Castle. When his father died in 1581 he and his two sisters were left in charg e of his grand uncle, James Alexander , a well-placed Burgess of Sterling.
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