Alexander Dunlop memorandum book  1686-1688, 1699
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Alexander Dunlop was born in Scotland to James Dunlop and Eliza Cunningham in Dunlop, Ayrshire, Scotland and was laird of the Dunlop Clan from 1670 to 1683. Alexander married Antonia Brown (b. 1654) daughter of Sir John Brown in 1667 and by her had six children, the oldest being John Dunlop. In 1683 Alexander was arrested on suspicion of being involved with the Presbyterian rebels at the Battle of Bothwell Brig. Soon after, he was forced to emigrate and became an early colonist to South Carolina. In Carolina, Alexander formed connections with the politically powerful William Dunlop and Henry Erskine and was appointed sheriff to Port Royal County in 1685. Shortly after this appointment in early 1686, Alexander returned to Scotland and from there sailed to Antigua. It is unknown if he ever returned to South Carolina.

John Dunlop remained in Scotland and succeeded his father as laird of the Dunlop Clan in 1684. He died unmarried and childless in 1706.