Alexander Stewart
Military General Service Medal with clasp for Martinique
Ensign Alexander Stewart 90th Foot
Alexander Stewart was born in 1789 according to birth records, on August 14, 1791
(service papers) or 1792 (gravestone) in Drumachary in the parish of Fortingall, Perth.
He was the illegitimate son of Robert Stewart of Garth  His mother was Elizabeth
McGregor.

His father, Robert Stewart of Garth, (1740-1820) had 3 sons with his wife Janet
(Also a Stewart whose ancestors are traced back to James I) All three sons had
natural children but none of them married and they died without legitimate issue,
thus the end of the line. The Stewarts of Garth (c1400) were descended from James
Stewart, the son of Alexander Stewart , the 4th son of King Robert  II, the grandson
of Robert the Bruce.


He served in the 90th Foot as an Ensign from May 4, 1807 until he was made Lieutenant
in the 96th Regt. on Dec. 16, 1808. However this promotion was not made known until
after the Martinique invasion. At the time of the invasion of Martinique he would only
have been 16 or 17. He was the only officer in the Regiment to get the medal with the
single clasp for Martinique

He subsequently served in the West Indies in the 96th Regt. (which was renumbered
95th in 1816), then placed on half pay 25 March 1819 then appointed to 2nd Veterans
Battalion 25th October 1823. In December 1823, the 94th Foot was revived and its
officers were recruited principally from the half pay lists. The regiment went to
Gibraltar shortly after its formation and then Malta before returning home in 1834.
During this initial period of service in Gibraltar he was made Captain on April 7, 1825  
The regiment was to next serve in Ceylon in 1838 but Stewart did not stay on and sold
out in 1837.

He was married to Sarah Janet Orr
McKenzie in a private ceremony in July 1827
while serving in Gibraltar and together they had three daughters: Clementina Janet
(1828), Sarah Jane (1830-1831 and is buried in Witham's Cemetery in Gibraltar)
and Isabella Janet (1832 in Malta).
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Canada

In later life, he emigrated to Canada and in February 1842 he was married again, this time to Anna Maria MacNab of Hamilton
who was almost twenty years his junior. The marriage took place at Christ's Church. (Rev J.G. Geddes) She was the younger
sister of Allan Napier MacNab, a prominent politician who served in the war of 1812 and was a part of the Militia force who
suppressed the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837. (for which he was knighted) and the prime minister of the Province of Canada
from 1854-1856.

Stewart appears in the late 1840s and early 1850s as the registrar, deputy crown clerk and agent for the issue of marriage
licenses for Wentworth County.  His y
oungest daughter, Isabella married Alexander Campbell in 1850 in the same church in
Hamilton by the same minister as her father and they had a daughter Catherine who was born in 1851 and who would have been
Alexander's only grandchild born while he was still alive.

Alexander died on 27 March 1858 at his home "Garth Cottage" in Hamilton after a short illness. A brief obituary appeared in
the
Hamilton Spectator on March 29, 1858.

Death of Captain Stewart
"Death has removed from our midst another old and well-known resident. Captain Stewart expired at an early hour on
Saturday morning after a brief illness of a few days. He had been in feeble health for a considerable time, but we believe
was able to attend to the duties of his office in the beginning of last week. His demise is deeply regretted by a large circle
of friends and acquaintances. He was for many years up to the time of his death, the Registrar of the County of Wentworth."

Anna Maria died 25 years later in 1883, two days after her 73rd birthday.

Captain Sandy's Family Album
Father                          Half Brother                            Brother in Law                                      Son
Alexander and Anna Maria had a son, Allan (1843-1872). Allan was  Lieutenant
of No. 5 Company  13th battalion V.M. I., the forerunner of the Royal Hamilton
Light Infantry. He joined in 1864 (or earlier) and served as a private in No. 1
Company. He was present at Ridgeway during the Fenian raids in 1866 and in
other conflicts and was the first officer to die in connection with the battalion.
He was interred with military honours and a monument was erected by his
brother officers near the spot where he is buried with his parents in
Hamilton Cemetery.
Allan in a group photograph of No.
1 Company taken March 25, 1864
SACRED IN THE MEMORY OF
CAPT. ALEXANDER STEWART
OF H.M. 94TH REGT.
BORN AT GARTH,
PERTHSHIRE SCOTLAND
THE 14TH AUGUST 1792
DIED AT
GARTH COTTAGE HAMILTON
ON THE 29TH MARCH 1858
ALSO ANNA MARIA MACNAB
HIS WIFE BORN AT YORK
UPPER CANADA
ON THE 16T JUNE 1810
DIED AT HAMILTON
ON THE 18TH JUNE 1883
Alexander was the half brother of Major General David Stewart who had a
distinguished military career. He was awarded a gold medal for Maida and the
small army gold medal for Maida with a clasp for Guadaloupe. He was an
accomplished author and with Sir Walter Scott was credited with a resurgence
of interest in the clan tartans and the visit by King George IV to Scotland in
1822. In later life he became the governor of St Lucia.