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Alexander Stewart (26 March 1746 – August 1831) was an Irish landowner and Member of Parliament.

He was the son of Alexander Stewart of Mount Stewart by his wife Mary, sister and heiress of Robert Cowan of Bombay. His elder brother was Robert Stewart, 1st Marquess of Londonderry.[1]

He was appointed High Sheriff of Donegal for 1791–92 and in 1800 was elected to the Irish Parliament as the MP for County Londonderry.

Family tree:
Alexander Stewart of Ards with red frame; marquesses with background

William
Steward
John
Cowan
Thomas
d. 1740
Alexander
1699–1781
Mary
Cowan

d. 1788
Robert
Cowan

d. 1737
Sarah Frances
Seymour

1747–1770
Robert
1739–1821
Frances
Pratt
Alexander
S. of Ards

1746–1831
Mary Moore
1772–1842
Castlereagh
1769–1822
Charles
1778–1854
Alexander Robert
1795–1850

Note: first wife on the left, second on the right.

On 1 July 1814 his nephew Sir Charles Stewart, the MP for County Londonderry, was raised to the peerage as Baron Stewart, and Alexander Stewart was elected to replace him on 19 July, as "a family stopgap" who "supported [the Earl of Liverpool's Tory] government silently".[2] He sat for the constituency until the 1818 general election, when his son was elected, having come of age.[2]

FamilyEdit

On 2 October 1791 Stewart married Mary Moore, daughter of Charles Moore, 1st Marquess of Drogheda and granddaughter of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford. Mary's aunt Sarah Frances Seymour-Conway was the first wife of Alexander's brother Lord Londonderry. Their children included the son and heir Alexander Robert Stewart.

Alexander Stewart lived at Ards House, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, which he purchased in 1782. His family papers are in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Johnston 1906, p. 80: "ALEXANDER STEWART of Ballylawn and Mount Stewart, great-great-grandson of John Stewart of Ballylawn castle said to be a cadet of Garlies, was born 1699, and died 1781, leaving two sons:- (a) Robert (number 242) (b) Alexander, ancestor of the Stewart of Ards, Lourencetown and Rockhill. Arms of Stewarts of Ards: 1 and 4. Gold, a bend counter compony silver and blue between two red lions rampant. 2 and 3. Red, a silver saltire. CREST: a golden dragon standing. MOTTO: 'metuenda corolla draconis' (Burke)."
  2. ^ a b "STEWART, Alexander II (1746–1831), of Ards, Letterkenny, co. Donegal". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 19 November 2017.

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