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Alexander Irvine of Drum

Birthplace: Probably Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Death: circa 1533
Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum, Kt. and Janet Keith
Husband of Janet Allardyce
Father of Alexander Irvine of Lonmay; Margaret Fraser and Elizabeth Douglas
Brother of Elspeth Irvine
Half brother of Thomas Kinnaird

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From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Alexander Irvine of Drum:

Alexander Irvine of Drum [1]

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  • Last Edited=12 Sep 2010

Alexander Irvine of Drum is the son of Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum.[1]

Child of Alexander Irvine of Drum

  • 1. Alexander Irvine of Lonmay+[1] d. 10 Sep 1547


  • 1. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2063. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

Extract from "Short account of the family of Irvine of Drum in the county of Aberdeen", 1893, Page 14 (

Sir Alexander, the l0th laird, eldest son of the preceding married in 1617 Magdalen, eldest daughter of Sir John Scrimgeour of Dudhope, Constable of Dundee, by whom he had issue five sons and six daughters, viz.:

  • 1. Alexander, younger of Drum.
  • 2. Robert.
  • 3. James.
  • 4. Charles.
  • 5. Francis.
  • All of whom, except Alexander, died without issue.


  • 1. Marion,- married James, first Viscount Frendraught, at the Church of Drumoak, 8th November, 1642. Lord Frendraught was son of the laird whose name is connected with the burning of Frendraught.
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4. Jean, married George Crichton, brother of Lord Frendraught.
  • 6. Margaret, married Charles 1st Earl of Aboyne.

Biographical notes

Alexander Irvine, the Xth Laird of Drum, was the forebear of the branch which came to America via Ulster and County Antrim, Ireland. The union of the Crowns of Scotland and England soon resulted in a serious neglect of Scotland. The greater the size, population, and foreign relations of England were matters which eclipsed those of Scotland almost completely.

Thus, the interests and concerns of the smaller nation became centered in it's religion and its Parliament. Under King Charles I, both the Pope in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury in England threatened the Presbyterianism of the Scots. The Solemn League and Covenant was formed for protection against this threat, and soon bacame prominent and powerful politically

He was the Sherriff of County Aberdeen in 1634 and King Charles I planned to make him Earl of Aberdeen, but the outbreak of the "Great Rebellion" prevented it . He held extensive estates in teh counties f Aberdeen, Forfar, Baniff, and Kincardine.

In June of 1640, during Sir Alexanders absence from Drum Castle, it was besieged by teh forces of General Monroe and William, 7th Earl of Marichal but was defended by it's lady. Sir alexander gave himself up at Aberdeen 9 June 1640 and was taken to Edinburg, where he was fined 10,000 Merks.

Alexander, the Xth Laird of Drum, having always been a Royalist, rejected the Covenent. But with the strength of the "Covenanters" and the weakness of the King and his few Royalist supporters, the Laird and his estate suffered badly. The Laird was imprisoned and Drum Castle was occupied by the Covenanter's army under Argyle. After months of plundering the estate, a decree was issued by the Covenanters to demolish the Tower and the Castle of Drum, but the decree was never carried out.

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Aberdeenshire, UK
Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Probably Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Sheriff of Aberdeen