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date: 25 August 2019

McDougall, Alexanderlocked

(1732–09 June 1786)
  • Edward Countryman

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McDougall, Alexander (1732–09 June 1786), revolutionary leader and banker, was born on the island of Islay, off the western coast of Scotland, the son of Ronald McDougall, a dairyman and milk dealer, and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). McDougall migrated to New York with his parents at the age of six. They initially planned to settle on the province’s northern frontier but remained in New York City instead. McDougall’s father prospered there, but the son went to sea. Returning briefly to Islay in 1751, he married Nancy McDougall, a distant relative. They had three children before her death in 1763. In 1767 he married Hannah Bostwick. They had no children....

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