Hi Ed: The Alexander Family Records,"Among the early colonists,the Alexander family was conspicuous for worth,ability and service toward the progress and establishment of the nation.
1.John,Lord of the Isles-Margaret,daughter of Robert II, King of Scotland. From this marriage are descended all of the Alexanders.Their third son, named Alexander,had issue,Alexander,second son, who married,1480,and his son,Thomas obtained "Menstrie",1505.
Andrew Alexander,son of Thomas of "Menstrie"--Catherine Graham,1500,and had Alexander,who married Elizabeth Douglas,and their youngest son,Andrew succeeded to "Menstrie",1544. His son, Alexander of Menstrie--Elizabeth Forges. Their oldest son was William Alexander of "Menstrie", whose eldest son Marion Contee,1567, and their only son, William, Lord of Stirling--Janet Erskine. Their son, John Alexander, was the emigrant to Virginia, 1659.
Sir William "the poet", had a son who married and during the lifetime of his father, leaving an infant, who became the second Earl of Stirling, but dying in 1640, the title passed to his Uncle, Sir Anthony Alexander, Third Earl of Stirling, who, dying without an heir, the title passed to his brother Sir Henry, Fourth Earl of Stirling, in whose family it remained until it passed to his brother John, who emigrated to America. and died in 1667.