Thomas Alexander

Male1630–1698

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Alexander was born in 1630, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, his father, Archibald Alexander, was 19 and his mother, Elizabeth Mackey, was 13. He married Marion Peadie on 31 March 1666, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He died in 1698, in Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland, at the age of 68.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Alexander
1630–1698
Marion Peadie
1647–1703
Marriage: 31 March 1666
Margaret Elizabeth Alexander
1675–1775
Grissel Alexander
1684–
William Alexander
1676–1749
Thomas Alexander
1676–
Robert Alexander
1687–
Jonet Alexander
1689–
John Alexander Sr.
1691–1777

Sources (12)

  • Thomas Alexander in entry for Jonet Alexander, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
  • Legacy NFS Source: Thomas Alexander - Published information: World Family Tree: World Family Tree est date of death 1703-1756;

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    31 March 1666Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (5)

    World Events (5)

    1641

    Age 11

    Great Catholic-Gaelic rebellion for return of lands, later joined by Old English Catholics in Ireland. Under leadership of Irish chieftain, Rory O'More, conspiracy was formed to seize Dublin and expel the English. English settlers were driven out of Ulster. Catholics hold 59% of land in Ireland.

    1649

    Age 19

    The Protestant Lord Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell, landed at Dublin. His troops killed 2,000 men. A great part of lands in Munster, Leinster and Ulster (Drogheda and Wexford) was confiscated and divided among the English soldiers.

    1672

    Age 42

    Over 6,000 Irish boys and women sold as slaves since England gained control of Jamaica.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish, English, German, and Dutch: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of anēr ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great (356–323 BC ) - or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria (c. 250–326 AD ), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymics, for example McAllister . Alexander is a common personal name in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Arabic or Assyrian/Chaldean Iskandar and Iskander , and their derivatives, e.g. Greek patronymic Alexandropoulos.

    Jewish: from the adopted personal name Alexander (see 1 above) or shortened from the eastern Ashkenazic (originally Slavic) patronymics Aleksandrovich or Alexandrowicz.

    History: A number of Scotch-Irish families of this name landed at New York in the early 18th century. By 1746, six of them were established in NC. Others came in through Philadelphia, for example Archibald Alexander, who came from Londonderry in northern Ireland in 1736 and established himself in VA. — The Revolutionary general William Alexander (1726–83) was always known as ‘Lord Sterling’ to his compatriots, although his claim to the title was denied by the College of Arms in London. His father, James Alexander, was a Jacobite who had fled to New York after the failure of the Jacobite rising in 1715. The claim to the title arose in connection with their ancestor Sir William Alexander, a courtier and poet at the court of King James VI of Scotland (James I of England), who created him Earl of Stirling in 1633.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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