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Alexander Colvin Esq (abt. 1707 - abt. 1791)

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Alexander Colvin Esq
Born about [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Dunipace, Stirlingshire, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Denovan, Stirlingshire, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Jun 2018 | Last significant change: 15 Sep 2018
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Categories: Dunipace, Stirlingshire | Estimated Birth Date.

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Life events

Alexander Colvin was born in about 1707, place of birth unknown.[1]
On the 29th December 1749, he married Elizabeth "Bonnie Lizzie" Kennedy" in the parish of Dunipace, Stirlingshire, Scotland.[2][3][4][5]
Alexander Colvin died at Denovan, a village in the parish of Dunipace, in May, 1791, aged eighty-four years.[1] His body was buried in Dunipace old churchyard.[6][7]

Biographical sketch

Excerpt from Sir Auckland Colvin’s book, John Russell Colvin: The Last Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Under the Company (1835): †
... Alexander Colvin, had married at Linlithgow,§ in 1749, the daughter of a clergyman in the north of Ireland, Elizabeth, known among her people as ‘bonny Lizzie’ Kennedy. They lived at Denovan, on the banks of the Carron, in the parish of Denipace [sic], in Stirlingshire, where Mr. Alexander Colvin owned large bleaching works. According to a writer in Chambers’ Encyclopedia, the first bleach-field in Scotland was established by the Fletchers at Saltoun in East Lothian about 1730. Mr. Colvin’s works were probably among the earliest to be set up in Scotland. The art came, like Lizzie Kennedy, from Ireland. Print-works, now in turn removed, afterwards occupied the site of the buildings which belonged to Mr. Colvin; and of him and his business there remains no longer any trace on the Carron, except the graves in the little kirkyard since stripped of its kirk, within the ‘policies’ of Dunipace House. It was not in Scotland, but in India, that the branch of the family with which we are concerned was to spread itself. For the enterprising spirit inherited of their father the young men of that branch found scope on the banks of a river far remote from the Carron of their youth.” (pp. 14-5).[8]
† The “Company” was the Honourable the East India Company.
§ In fact, the marriage was solemnized in the parish of Dunipace, Stirlingshire.[4]

Career notes

In addition to his bleachfield operation at Denovan, Mr Colvin was also a surveyor of roads.[9]

Research notes


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Scots Magazine. Vol. LIII (May, 1791). Death notice: “At Denovan bleachfield, aged 84, Mr Alexander Colvin.” Edinburgh: Murray and Cochrane, (pg 258).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Colvin, Sir Auckland. Rulers of India. John Russell Colvin: The Last Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West under the the Company. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1835.
  3. Church of Scotland. Church Registers (Old Parish Registers), Scotland. Banns and marriages: Alexander Colvin and Elisabeth Kennety (FR288), 29th December 1749, parish no. 478, ref. 20/83, parish of Dunipace. Index online at (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-06-23).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Church of Scotland. Parish of Dunipace, Stirlingshire. Marriage of Alexander Colvin and Elisabeth Kennety, 29 December 1749. Copy on FHL microfilm no. 1041941, “Parish registers for Dunipace, 1708-1860;” index online at (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-06-23).
  5. Kennedy-Bailie, Rev. Dr. James (1793-1864). Genealogical Table of the Family of Kennedy (compiled c.1835/6, with notes). Manuscript held privately.
  6. Dunipace Old Churchyard. Monumental Inscription Index. “Dunipace old churchyard is situated within the Hills of Dunipace Cemetery, Denny Road (B905) to Larbert.” Online at (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-06-23).
  7. Church of Scotland. Old Parish Registers. “1791 May 11 Mr Alexander Colvin at Denovan Aged 84.” Index online at (register entry purchased by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-06-29). Inscriptions: no. 102, Spottiswoode; no. 135: “1791; Jas Allan; Eliz Colvin; no. 136: (low TS) Samuel Colvin; John Colvin; Alex Colvin: 1791;” no. 137: “1798 Geo Colvin 24.5.1798 38; Margt Renny 19.8.1838 79.”
  8. Colvin, Sir Auckland. Rulers of India. John Russell Colvin: The Last Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West under the the Company. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1835.
  9. The Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh), 28 November 1791 (pg 1). “Stirlingshire Turnpikes. ... a general meeting to be held in the house of George Turner, vintner in Falkirk, upon Monday the 12th of December next, at noon, to consider of the propriety of appointing a surveyor of the roads; and if the same is found necessary, to elect a proper person to the office accordingly, in the room of Alexander Colvin deceased.” Digital image online at (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2018-06-29).

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