Famous MacAlister People

(source: http://www.scotclans.com/scottish_clans/clan_macalister/people.html)

William Alexander of Menstrie (c.1600)
The MacAlisters who settled in Stirlingshire adopted the anglicised version of their name and William Alexander was one of Menstrie’s first Alexanders. As a courtier under the patronage of the Earl of Argyll, Alexander devised the scheme selling the titles ‘Baronets of Nova Scotia’.

Partly to increase the colonisation of Scotland’s share of Indian territory, but mostly to make money for the crown, an investor in the New World would be honoured with the title of Baronet of Nova Scotia. The pompous scheme was so successful that the King rewarded Alexander with the title of Earl of Stirling.

With further pomp he was acknowledged, despite genealogy and common sense, as chief of the MacAlisters.



One comment on “Famous MacAlister People
  1. Edith MacAllister Sauter says:

    Walter McAllister was an exceptional mayor of San Antonio, Texas for a number of
    years in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. A major crosstown expressway is named after
    him. He was responsible for overcoming numerous obstacles to the expressway
    crossing park and zoo property as well as college campuses!
    His wife was also quite accomplished, and I share her name: Edith McAllister
    ( MacAllister).

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