Pedigree Index

Alexander of Ballochmyle

ALEXANDER, CLAUD, of Ballochmyle, co. Ayr, J.P. for that co. and co. Renfrew, and D.L. co. Ayr, M.P. for South Ayr, Colonel Grenadier Guards, b. 15 Jan. 1831; s. to Ballochmyle, 1861; m. 12 Feb. 1863, Eliza, dau, of the late Alexander Speirs, M.P., of Elderslie, Lord Lieut. co. Renfrew, and has issue,

CLAUD, b. 24 Feb. 1867.

Lineage.-ROBERT ALEXANDER, Burgess of Paisley, 1579, descended from John Alexander, who was made a Burgess on the erection of the Borough in 1488, m. Janet Matthie, and had a son, JOHN ALEXANDER, who m. 1598, Elizabeth Carswell, and left issue,

2 James, Bailie of Paisley, and Commissioner of War, who had two sons, James and Claud.
1 Catherine, married.
2 Janet, married.

The eldest son,

ROBERT ALEXANDER, of Blackhouse, and Boghall, Ayrshire, and of Newtown, Renfrewshire, b. 1604; m. 1st, 1633, Marion, dau. of Claud Hamilton, by his wife, Janet Orr, and by her (who d. 1648) had issue,

I. JAMES, of Boghall, m. Mary, dau. of John Maxwell, of Southbar, and was ancestor of the ALEXANDERS of Airdrie; d. 1669.
II. CLAUD, of Newton; of whom hereafter.
I. Marion, m. 1678, John Maxwell, of Bredieland, and had issue.
II. Janet, m. 1677, James Dunlop, of Doucot, and had issue.

He m. 2ndly, Jean, co-heir of David Henderson, and by her had issue,

III. Robert, who m. Janet, dau. and heiress of Alexander Smith, of Reidston, and had issue, two daus., Margaret and Janet.
IV. John, who settled in Carolina.

The 2nd son by the first marriage,

CLAUD ALEXANDER, b. 1645; s. to Newton 1671; m. 1677, Jean, dau. of William Ralstoun of that ilk, by his wife, Ursula Mure, of Glanderstoun, and had issue,

ROBERT, who s. him 1703.
Claud, lost at sea on his passage to Holland, 1705.
Marion, who m. 1709, Gavin Cochrane, of Craigmuir, nephew of William, 1st Earl of Dundonald.
Ursula, who m. 1706, John Russell, of Braidshaw, ancestor of Sir William Russell, Bart. of Charlton.

The elder son,

ROBERT ALEXANDER, b. 1681; s. to Newton, 1703; m. 1720, his cousin-german, Margaret, dau. of Robert Alexander the younger, of Blackhouse, and had issue,

CLAUD, his successor.
Jean, m. to Robert Neilson, of Paisley, and had issue.

The son and heir,

CLAUD ALEXANDER, b. 1724, s. to Newton 1738. He m. 1746, Joanna, dau. of Alexander Cuninghame, of Craigends, descended of the noble house of Glencairn, by his wife, Anne, dau. of Sir George Houstoun, Bart. of Houstoun (and grand-. dau. of John, Earl of Perth and Melfort); he d. 1772, leaving

ROBERT, his heir.
Alexander, d. unm.
CLAUD, of Ballochmyle.
Boyd, H.E.I.C.S., of Southbar and Boghall, M.P. for Renfrew in 1796, and for Glasgow in 1802; b. 1758; m. his cousin-german, Camilla, dau. of Boyd Porterfield, Esq. of that ilk, by his wife, Christian, dau. of Alexander Cuninghame, of Craigends, and d. s. p. 1825.
John, Major in the 56th regt., b. 1766; m. his cousin, Jean, dau, of Robert Neilson, and d. s. p.
Wilhelmina (Burns' "Lass of Ballochmyle").
Lockhart, m. to her cousin, Claud Neilson, and had issue. Lillias.

The eldest son,

ROBERT ALEXANDER, of Newton, d. s. p., having s. to Newton in 1772; his brother,

CLAUD ALEXANDER, H.E.I.C.S., b. 1753, was Paymaster-General to the Forces in India. He bought in 1783 the estate of Ballochmyle, co. Ayr, and m. 1788, Helenora, dau. of Sir William Maxwell, Bart. of Springkell, by his Wife, Margaret, dau. of Sir Michael Stewart, Bart. of Blackhall and Ardgowan, by whom he had issue,

CLAUD, b.1789.
WILLIAM-MAXWELL, of Southbar, b. 1790.
BOYD, who s. his brother.
Margaret-Stewart, d. 1861.
Anna-Joanna, d. 1859.
Catherine-Maxwell, d. 1834.
Mary, m. 1834, to Joshua Crompton, Esq. of Sion Hill, and Azerley, co. York; d. 1867, leaving issue.

The eldest son,

CLAUD ALEXANDER, of Ballochmyle, an officer in the 1st regt. of Guards, s. to Ballochmyle in 1809, and m. Elizabeth, dau. of Col. Keatinge, by his wife Lady Martha Brabazon, dau. of Anthony, 8th Earl of Meath. He d. s. p. 1845, and was s. by his brother,

WILLIAM-MAXWELL ALEXANDER, of Southbar. He d. umn. 1853, and was s. by his brother,

BOYD ALEXANDER, of Ballochmyle and Southbar, b. 1796. He m. 1828, Sophia-Elizabeth, dau. of Sir Benjamin Hobhouse, Bart., and sister of John, Lord Broughton, G.C.B., and had issue,

CLAUD, now of Ballochmyle.
John-Hobhouse-Inglis, of Southbar, Capt. R.N., A.D.C. to the Queen, and an "Officer" of the Legion of Honour, b. 1832; m. Isabella-Barbara, dau, of T.-C. Hume, and d. 1875, leaving Boyd-William-John, b. 1862; Edwin-St. Clair; Sophia-Isabella; Evelyn-Mary; and Cora-Sybil.
Boyd-Francis, Lieut.-Col. late Rifle Brigade, of Swifts, Kent, b. 17 April, 1834; m. 27 Dec. 1865, Mary, dau. of David Wilson, of Castleton House, Surrey, and has issue,

Boyd, Robert, twins, b. 16 Jan. 1873.
Herbert, b. Dec. 1874.
David, b. July, 1876.

William-Maxwell, late Bengal C.S., b. 1836, m. Emma, dau. of Rev. William Thorp.
Michael-Stewart, b. 1839; d. 1855.
Helenora-Margaret-Angela, m. 1857, to John Archibald Shaw-Stewart, 2nd son of the late Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart, Bart. of Ardgowan, and d. 1865, leaving issue.

Mr. Alexander d. Oct. 1861, and was s. by his eldest son.

Arms-Per pale, arg. and sa., a chevron, in base a crescent, and in chief a fleur-de-lys all counter-changed, within a bordure, gu. and or. The date of the old arms in the LYON Registrar is 1673.
Crest-An elephant, ppr., matriculated 1788.
Motto-Perseverantia vincit.
Seat-Ballochmyle, Mauchline, co. Ayr.

Transcribed from A genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, by Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms, sixth edition, 1879;
a.k.a. Burke's Landed Gentry, 1879