Archives PEI entry on Alexander (the Tailor) Stewart 1774(1777) Immigration to PEI

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Has anyone seen this?  It's an entry from Achives PEI ( that is commenting on a 12 Oct 1805 letter that this Alexander Stewart sent back to his family in Scotland from PEI.  The entry is referencing Isabella Maclaren and their children Janet and Elizabeth.  

This entry, I believe, is inaccurate on many accounts.  I suspect that the Archives PEI entry is conflating two Alexander Stewarts. 

If anyone can shed light or have some thoughts, it would be very appreciated.

1.  There is no Glendale, Perthshire that I can find.  The only Glendale in Scotland is on Skye.

2.  I can find no mention of the Ship Romulus docking in PEI or Pictou in 1805.  There was a Romulus making immigration runs back and forth, but I see no record of it prior to 1831.

3.  Alexander was married twice (maybe thrice) to Isabel MacLaren and then to Isabella Stewart.  The entry is conflating the two marriages.  

4.  I have a copy of the letter, and Alexander makes reference to the snow and ice that came in on 15 Dec and left again in April.  He did not just arrive in 1805, the same year that he wrote the letter.  He had been through at least one PEI winter.

5. I can't find records of the 100 acres of land in Belfast that he sells.  Is it in Belfast, or Lot 31?

6.  Alexander was already married when he immigrated  to PEI c. 1805.  Alexander's letter home, that this entry references, makes no mention of a wife.  

7  In the letter Alexd'r tells his father about ships leaving for PEI from "Stornoway on the Isle of Skye"  If he were from Skye, he would know that Stornoway is on Lewis, not Skye.  He would not have to point out to his father "Storoway on the Isle of Skye".  He's from Perthshire, not Skye.

8.  A search of ScotlandsPeople yields 18 Alexander Stewarts born between 1867 and 1897 in Perthshire to a father James.  Our letter writer is likely one of those, but not the owner of land near Belfast that was sold under the name Alexander, Tailor Stewart in 1824.

Stewart, Alexander (ca. 1777-ca. 1861)

Biographical history Alexander Stewart was born in Glendale, Perthshire, Scotland circa 1777. He emigrated to Prince Edward Island, arriving aboard the Romulus in 1805. A letter written to his family that same year indicates that he originally settled in the Belfast area and worked in a mill belonging to Lord Selkirk. In a sale of lands by Lord Selkirk in 1807, Alexander purchased 100 acres of land. The PEI Register advertised this land in Belfast, on which a farm and house was located, to be sold by Alexander Stewart, Tailor, in 1824. After selling his land in Belfast, Alexander moved to the Cardigan area. By 1841, Alexander was listed as living in Lot 52, and in 1861, in Lot 50. Alexander married Isabella MacLaren of Charlottetown on 23 September 1813. They had at least two children: Janet (1823-?) and Elizabeth (1827-?) 

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The fonds consists of a three page transcription of a letter written by Alexander Stewart on 12 October 1805, to his father, James Stewart in Perthshire, Scotland. Alexander's letter, postmarked from Charlottetown, was written in response to a letter written by his family in February of that same year. Alexander writes of ships arriving in PEI with emigrants from Belfast and the Isle of Skye. Stewart offers to pay for the passage of his brother John, and encourages his father James to emigrate to PEI for the quality of life it offers and the availability of land. 

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