Ann's Lodge, Boydstone, Ayrshire
|Ann's Lodge c.1910. Image: North Ayrshire Heritage Centre via Flickr|
Carlung House, West Kilbride, Ayrshire
|Carlung House in 1900. Image: North Ayrshire Heritage Centre via Flickr|
|Carlung House as rebuilt in 1932. Image: s1homes|
This is of simplified Elizabethan design, with mullioned and transomed windows, and an H-plan. The garden front has canted bay windows and the interior Austrian oak panelling and beamed ceilings. It was converted into five apartments in 1979.
The Alexanders of Boydstone and Carlung
Alexander, Archibald (d. 1771). Landowner in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. He married Mary Brownlee of Strathaven and had issue:
(1) Mary Alexander, m. 1742 John King of Micklegovan;
(2) Archibald Alexander (c.1736-1820) (q.v.).
He purchased the lands of Boydstone, West Kilbride (Ayrshire).
He died in 1771.
Alexander, Archibald (c.1736-1820). Only recorded son of Archibald Alexander (d. 1771) and his wife Mary Brownlee of Strathaven, born c.1735-36. He married Jane/Jean (d. 1812), daughter of Duncan Crawford esq and had, probably among other issue:
(1) Archibald Alexander (c.1770-c.1830) (q.v.);
(2) Maj. Alexander Alexander (d. 1843) (q.v.).
He inherited the Boydstone estate from his father in 1771 and purchased the Carlung estate at West Kilbride (Ayrshire) in 1799. He was probably responsible for building the house called Ann's Lodge at Boydstone.
He died 19 March 1820, aged 84.
Alexander, Archibald (c.1770-c.1825). Elder son of Archibald Alexander (c.1736-1820) and his wife Jane, daughter of Duncan Crawford esq., born about 1770. He was unmarried.
He inherited the Carlung estate from his father in 1820.
He died after 1823, and was probably the man of that name described as 'of Edinburgh', who was buried at Lasswade (Midlothian), 4 August 1825.
Alexander, Maj. Alexander (d. 1843). Younger son of Archibald Alexander (c.1736-1820) and his wife Jane, daughter of Duncan Crawford esq. Major in the Army. He married, 29 October 1800, Grace, second daughter of Angus McAlester of the Loup, chief of the Clan Allaster of Kintire and had issue:
(1) Jane Alexander (c.1804-68), of Greenbank Cottage, Helensburgh (Dumbartons); died unmarried 13 April 1868;
(2) Amelia Alexander (c.1810-86) of Ardrossan (Ayrs); died unmarried, 21 July 1886;
(3) Archibald Alexander (1812-83) (q.v.).
He inherited the Boydstone/Ann's Lodge estate from his father in 1820 and the Carlung estate from his brother after 1823, which he sold after 1837.
He died 21 October 1843, and was buried in the West Church cemetery, Edinburgh.
Alexander, Archibald (1812-83). Only son of Maj. Alexander Alexander (d. 1843) and his wife Grace, daughter of Angus McAlester of the Loup, born 18 August 1812. Served in 7th (later 4th) Hussars; deputy Inspector General of Hospitals in Scotland; JP for Ayrshire. He married, 15 April 1853, Agnes MacKnight (d. 1891), fourth daughter of William Crawford Esq. of Cartsburn (Renfrews) and had issue:
(1) Alexander Charles Archibald Alexander (1854-1900) (q.v.);
(2) William Edward Robert Alexander (1856-1927) (q.v.).
He inherited the Ann's Lodge estate, West Kilbride from his father in 1843.
He died at Cheltenham, 10 April 1883, aged 70; his will was registered in Ayr Sheriff Court, 17 June 1883.
Alexander, Alexander Charles Archibald (1854-1900). Elder son of Dr. Archibald Alexander (1812-83) and his wife Agnes McKnight, daughter of William Crawford of Cartsburn (Renfrews), born 10 June 1854. Educated at Cheltenham College and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1877), St George's Hospital Medical School, London (MRCS 1881, LSA 1881); surgeon in Army Medical Dept from 1882; surgeon-major, 1889; served in the Expedition to the Sudan, with 1st Batt., Coldstream Guards, 1885. He was unmarried.
He inherited the Ann's Lodge estate, West Kilbride, from his father in 1883, but was living at Loup, which belonged to his mother's family, at the time of his death.
He died at Loup, near Ardrossan (Ayrshire), 23 January 1900; his will was registered in the Ayr Sheriff Court, 1900.
Alexander, William Robert Edward (1856-1927). Younger son of Dr. Archibald Alexander (1812-83) and his wife Agnes McKnight, daughter of William Crawford of Cartsburn (Renfrews), born 7 August 1856. Deputy Surgeon General. He married 1st, 1 December 1887 at Byfleet (Surrey), Mary Louise (d. 1909), daughter of Stephen Wright Hawks of Redheugh Hall (Northbld) and 2nd, 1910, Katherine Melicent, second daughter of John Richard Cromwell Taunton of Ashmead, Leckhampton (Glos) and had issue including:
(1.1) Archibald Charles Edward Alexander (1888-1915); served in 3rd Battn, Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1910-15 (Lieutenant); killed in action;
(1.2) Reginald Crawfurd Alexander (c.1891-1963) (q.v.).
He inherited the Ann's Lodge estate, West Kilbride, from his elder brother in 1900, when he was living in London.
He died in Brighton, 20 March 1927; his will was proved 5 August 1927.
Alexander, Reginald Crawfurd (c.1891-1963). Second but eldest surviving son of William Edward Robert Alexander (1856-1927) and his first wife Mary Louise, daughter of Stephen Hawks of Redheugh Hall (Northbld). He apparently emigrated to Australia before the First World War, returning to England in 1927 after his divorce from his first wife. He married 1st, 19 April 1919 in Queensland (Australia) (div. 1927), Mary Alice Donovan, and 2nd, 1929, Mary (d. 1961), daughter of James N. Ripley of Harrogate, solicitor, and had issue:
(1.1) William Robert Edward Alexander (1920-43); born in Australia, 6 April 1920; served in Royal Australian Air Force; married and had issue a daughter; killed in action at Port Moresby (New Guinea), 16 June 1943; buried in Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby.
He inherited the Ann's Lodge estate, West Kilbride, from his father in 1927, but subsequently sold it. At the time of his death he lived at Bewerley Old Hall, Pateley Bridge (Yorks).
He died 8 May 1963, aged 72; his will was proved 23 October 1963 (estate £23,955).
Location of archives
No significant archive is known to survive.
Coat of arms
Quarterly, 1st, argent, a lion rampant gules, holding a battle axe, or; 2nd, or, a hand sustaining a pair of balances of equal scales; 3rd, argent, a lymphad, sales furled, sable; 4th, per pale, argent and sable, a chevron, and in base a crescent, counter-charged.
Revision & Acknowledgements
This account was first published 28 September 2013 and was revised 3rd April 2015, 21st May and 29th May 2015. I am grateful to Jean Milne and Megan Daniel for corrections and additional information.