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Alexander Crawford

Birthplace: Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Donegal, Ulster, Northern Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Malcolm Crawfurd of Kilbirnie; Malcolm Crawford and Margaret Cunningham, of Glengarnock
Husband of Mary Crawford and Mary Crauford
Father of Robert Crawford; William Crawford; Janet Crawford; Alexander Crawford; Robert Crawford and 5 others
Brother of John Crawfurd of Kilbirnie and Anne Crawfurd, of Kilbirnie

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About Alexander Crawford

Alexander, being the younger son of Malcolm, did not inherit lands like his older brother, John. Sometime after Kilbirnie was broken in to and his father's death in 1595, he removed along with many friends and relatives to the County of Donegal in northern Ireland, a part of "The Colonization of Ulster", in 1610. He became the owner of a ship, trading goods between Ireland and Scotland. It is uncertain whether he came with his uncle, Sir John Cunningham and his cousins, or whether he followed later establishing his shipping trade when he found family and friends in Donegal. It is believed that the grant of lands in Donegal (known as the Portlough Patent) was organized by the Duke of Lennox, Ludovic Stuart, who was held in great esteem by King James VI or I of England. Stuart was related in many ways to the Crawfords by blood or marriage



From Crawford Genealogy

Children of Malcolm Crawfurd of Kilbirnie and Margaret Cunningham

  1. John Crawfurd of Kilbirnie+1 d. 1622. Married Margaret Blair.
  2. Alexander Crawford+3 b. c 1582, d. 1650, of whom there are no descendants
  3. a daughter, married to William Cunningham, ancestor of Sir William Cunningham, baronet

From The early ancestors of the Crawfords in America : an introduction to genealogies of American families of the name. Fred E. Crawford.  1940. Page 19-20

XV. Malcolm Crawford of Kilbirnie succeeded his father in 1576. He married Margaret, daughter of John Cunningham of Glengarnock, Esq., by whom he had two sons: John, his heir and successor; and Alexander, "of whom," Douglas says, "there is now no succession." Crawford makes no comment on the name. Douglas should have added the words, "known to me," for this Alexander Crawford is the man who settled in Donegal, and became the ancestor of the Scotch-Irish Crawford.


  1. The Crawfurd Peerage: With Other Original Genealogical, Historical, and Biographical Particulars Relating to the Illustrious Houses of Crawfurd and Kilbirnie (Google eBook) Andrew Jack & Company, 1829 - 484 pages.  Page 39


For further information read the extract about him from The Crawfords of Donegal, see the mini family tree showing marriages with the Cochrane and Kincaid families, see the part of a family tree showing links with the Purviance family and also the map showing the location of the various Crawford families in Co.Donegal. His birthplace at Drumark is a few miles to the west of Donegal town.

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Alexander Crawford's Timeline

Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 31
Armagh, Londonderry, Ireland
Age 32
Kilbirnie, Scotland
Age 43
Age 53
Age 68
Donegal, Ulster, Northern Ireland
Age 68
Age 68
June 7, 1691
Age 68
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland