1676 - 1740 (64 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.
||Alexander Spotswood  |
||Tangiers, Morocco 
||7 Jun 1740
||Anapolis, Anne Arundel Co., MD 
||27 May 2003 |
||Dr. Robert Spotswood, II, b. 17 Sep 1637, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland , d. 1688, Tangiers, Morocco (Age 50 years) |
||Catherine Maxwell, b. Abt 1633, d. 1709, Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland (Age ~ 76 years) |
||22 Feb 1670
||Garrison Church, Tangier, Morocco
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Ann Butler Brayne, d. Bef 8 Sep 1762 |
||London, Middlesex, England 
| ||1. Gov. Col. John Spotswood, b. 1722, d. Bef 5 Dec 1758, Germana, Spotsylvania Co., VA. (Age 36 years)|
| ||2. Dorothea Spotswood, b. 1733, Yorktown, VA. , d. 25 Sep 1778, Hanover Co., VA (Age 45 years)|
| ||3. Anna Catherina Spotswood, d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Robert Spotswood, d. 1758|
||29 Aug 2000 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Lt. Quartermaster-Gen. under Lord Cadogan, during War of the Spanish Succession.
Wounded at Blenheim.
App't. Lt. Gov. of Virgina 23 Jun 1710, served until 1722.
App't. Postmaster General for the American colonies, 1730.
Comm. Maj. Gen. of British colonial troops, 1740.
1693/05/20 Ensign in the Earl of Bath's Regiment of Foot
1698 Commissioned as an Army Officer
1703 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
1703 Appointed Quarter-Master General of Marlborough's Army
1704 Wounded at Battle of Blenheim
1710 Appointed Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, under the nominal governorship of George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney
1713 Tobacco Act requiring the inspection of all tobacco intended for export or for use as legal tender
1714 First Germanna Colony
1714 Regulation of trade with native Americans
1715 Bought 3229 acres at Germanna
1716 First Iron Foundry
1716 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition into the Shenandoah valley to expedite settlement
1717/??/?? Second Germanna Colony
1717/??/?? Repeal of regulation of trade with native Americans
1719/??/?? Third Germanna Colony
1720/??/?? Germanna made seat of Spotsylvania County
1721/??/?? Treaty with Iroquois in Albany, New York
1722/??/?? Governor's palace completed
1722/??/?? Enters private life with 80,000 acres in Spotsylvania and
three iron furnaces
1724/??/?? Married in London
1729/??/?? Returned to 'Enchanted Castle, Germanna, Virginia
1730/??/?? Deputy Postmaster General until 1739
1740/04/19 Made Will
1740/06/06 Died at Annapolis, Maryland (MD).
1741/02/23 Will Proved
His Will is available in the PRO - PROB 1/13
Colonial governor of Virginia, b. Tangier, Morocco. Appointed in 1710, he was officially lieutenant governor under the nominal governorship of George Hamilton, 1st earl of Orkney. One of the ablest of the royal governors, Spotswood encouraged settlement of the frontier by exempting the settlers from taxes and quitrents. His measures requiring the inspection of all tobacco intended for export or for use as legal tender (1713) and regulating trade with the Native Americans (1714) were unpopular, and upon petition by the assembly, the crown repealed them (1717). He also encountered difficulties in maintaining his right to appoint Anglican clergymen in the colony. In 1716, Spotswood led an expedition into the Shenandoah valley to hasten its settlement, and he negotiated a treaty (1722) with the Iroquois, by which they agreed to remain beyond the Potomac River and the Blue Ridge. At the end (1722) of his governorship, Spotswood remained in Virginia, having acquired a vast amount of land in Spotsylvania co., where he also had extensive iron interests. In 1730 he was made deputy postmaster general of the American colonies.
See his Official Letters (ed. by R. A. Brock, 2 vol., 1882-85); biographies by W. Havighurst (1968) and L. Dodson (1932, repr. 1969).
ALEXANDER SPOTSWOOD: Descended from Robert, the Bruce. His father, Dr.
Robert Spotswood, was a surgeon in the British Navy. Alexander
Spotswood was born in 1676 at the British Navy Post in Tangiers,
Africa. He served in the British Navy, under the Duke of Wellington,
and while there received his promotion and title of Major General.
Married Anne Butler Bryan, daughter of Richard Bryan of Westminster,
in England. In 1710 Alexander Spotswood was sent to Virginia as
Governor of the Colony.
Anne Butler Bryan was named Butler after her uncle, James Butler,
Duke of Ormund, and was descended from Alfred, the Great. The name
Bryan was sometimes pronounced and written "Brayne," but Bryan is
Their children were John, Anne Catherine, Dorathea and Robert.
JOHN SPOTSWOOD: In 1745 married Mary, daughter of Capt. William
Dandridge and his wife, Lady Unity West, of Elson Green, King
William County, Va.
(William Dandridge was Captain in the British Army. One son, John
Dandridge, was father of Mr. George Washington. Another son,
Nathaniel West Dandridge married Dorathea Spotswood, daughter of
ANNE CATHERINE SPOTSWOOD: Married Col. Bernard Moore, of Chelsea,
King William County, Va. He was seventh in descent from Sir Thomas
Moore, of Chelsea, England, the famous journalist. Anne Spotswood
was the great-grandmother of Robert E. Lee.
DORATHEA SPOTSWOOD: Married in 1747 to Nathaniel Dandridge, brother
to her sister-in-law, Mary Dandridge Spotswood, and a descendant
of Col. John West who was Governor of Virginia and brother of
Lord De La Ware. Mrs. Dorathea Dandridge died in 1773, aged 47.
Her daughter Dorathea, was Patrick Henry's second wife.
- [S11] Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, (4th ed, Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore , , Repository: J.H. Garner), line 43A p 52 (Reliability: 0).