Genealogy of the Spotswood Family in Scotland and Virginia

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J. Munsell, 1868 - 44 pages
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Alexander Spotswood was born in Tangier, Africa, son of Dr. Robert Spotswood, in 1676. He was governor of the Colony of Virginia from 1710-1723. After his term as Governor, he lived at Germana, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. In 1724, he married Ann Butler Bryan, daughter of Richard Bryan of Westminster. They had two sons and two daughters. He died at Annapolis, Maryland, in 1740, on his way to head an expedition to Cartagena in South America. Descendants lived in Virginia and elsewhere.

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Page 14 - Spotswood urged upon the British government the policy of establishing a chain of posts beyond the Alleghanies, from the lakes to the Mississippi, to restrain the encroachments of the French.
Page 3 - ... in the virtue, learning, ability and courage of its representatives through centuries of succession. The traditional account of the family is, that the male line of the ancient barons of Spottiswoode failing in the reign of Alexander II, a younger son of the illustrious house of Gordon, which was then seated in the same county, married the heiress, and was obliged to take upon him the name of Spottiswoode; but he retained in his armorial bearing the boar's head of the Gordons, which his successors,...
Page 18 - Major William Gooch, of THIS Parish, dyed Octob. 29, 1655. Within this tomb there doth interred lie, No shape but substance, true nobility ; Its self though young, in years, but twenty-nine, Yet graced with vcrtues inorall and divine ; The church from him did good participate In counsell rare fit to adorn a state.
Page 3 - Colony,* was descended from the ancient Scottish family of Spottiswoode, a local sur-name assumed by the proprietors of the lands and Barony of Spottiswoode, in the parish of Gordon and county of Berwick, at the earliest period when sur-names became hereditary in Scotland...
Page 14 - ... vigor, taught them that while he could chastise their insolence, he commiserated their fate. He took measures to extend the advantages of a Christian education to the Indian children. He was a proficient in mathematics, and well skilled in architecture. He rebuilt the College of William and Mary. He was styled the Tubal Cain of Virginia, and was, indeed, the pioneer of iron manufacture in North America.
Page 30 - ... Chelsea, England, the author of Utopia. Mrs. Moore was elegant in person and manners. The daughter of a haughty British Governor, she was a strong adherent to the royal government, while her husband and children sympathized with the patriot cause in the revolution. Once, when her husband was absent, upon a sudden alarm of Indians she ordered up all hands, manned and provisioned a boat, and made good her retreat down to West Point. Mrs. Moore died about 1802. Her daughter, XV. — Ann Butler Moore,...
Page 18 - Within this tomb there doth interred lie, No shape but substance, true nobility, Itself though young in years, just twenty-nine, Yet grac'd with virtues morall and divine, The church from him did good participate. In counsell rare fit to adorn a state.
Page 15 - ... Whig in politics, he was a High Churchman, and had high notions of governmental prerogatives ; but a long residence in Virginia, and the identity of his interests with those of the Virginians, appear to have greatly changed his views of governmental authority and popular rights.
Page 9 - ... horse at Bannockburn. Walter Lindsay's second son, VIII. — Alexander Lindsay, married a daughter of Barclay, of Mathers. Their son, IX. — David Lindsay, was Bishop of Ross in 1600. His daughter, X. — Rachel Lindsay, married John Spottiswoode, who was born 1565. Douglas thus speaks of him : " He became one of the greatest men of the kingdom for knowledge, learning, virtue and merit. He had few equals, and was excelled by none. He was Archbishop of St. Andrews, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland...
Page 13 - French. ,His wise recommendation was at first unheeded, and it was not until after the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle that it was adopted. He was the author of an act for improving the staple of tobacco, and making tobacco notes the medium of circulation. Being a master of the military art, he kept the militia under admirable discipline. He was a proficient in mathematics, built the octagon magazine,1' rebuilt William and Mary College, and made improvements in the Governor's house and gardens.

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