There seems to be some question about the Stirlings. I for one was confused! I found this in a very old encyclopedia in the attic and thought I would share. Hope it helps.
"William Alexander (Lord Stirling) 1726-1783 American Revolutionary general, born in New York. His claim to be the sixth earl of Stirling was not allowed by the House of Lords, but in America he was usually known by his assumed title. He was commissioned brigadier general in the Revolutionary Army shortly after hostilities began and was given charge of the building of New York City's defenses, including Fort Washington and Fort Lee. At the battle of Long Island, Stirling's brigade suffered heavy loss in holding back superior forces and was finally captured. He was exchanged in time to participate in the Westchester campaign and in the retreat across New Jersey. In the battle of Trenton his conduct won him promotion to the rank of major general. He aided in the exposure of the Conway Cabal and fought at Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth. " Columbia Encycopedia 1940 Ed.
"Conway Cabal A supposed plot to deprive Washington of Chief command in the American Revolution. Washington had lost two battles, Brandywine and Germantown, and there was much dissatisfaction among the officers under him and in congress. General Horatio Gates, on the other hand, with credit for the victory over Burgoyne at Saratoga, baskedin the sunshine of praise, and encouraged the opinion of certain under-officers as expressed to him that he should be commander in chief. How far the scheme had gone before it was revealed accidentally is a debated question, but there is no evidence that treasonable ground had been entered upon. General Thomas Conway had written Gates a long letter of the battle of Brandywine. Gate's adjutant, James Wilkinson, repeated to General William Alexander, better known as Lord Stirling, a phrase which was supposedly from this letter, and it was proved that the Conway letter never contained the quoted phrase, but meantime Washington sent the phrase direct to Gates without comment. Gates, not knowing exactly what had been done or what Washington knew, launched into an elaborate defense of himself and sent his return letter to Washington through Congress. The result was that any plans which Gates and his fellow officers may have had were nipped in the bud, and the atmosphere was cleared.” Columbia Encycopedia, 1940 ed.
William Alexander, Earl of Stirling 1567?-1640 British poet and courtier, born in Scotland and became attached to the court of James I of England. He held various offices, becoming secretary for Scotland in 1626. He was made Viscount Stirling in 1630 and Earl of Stirling in 1633, but is better known as Sir William Alexander. The king made him huge grants of land in Canada (1621) that included New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. These were, however, ceded to France in 1632. Stirling was a friend of Drummond of Hawthornden. His poetical works included 'Aurora'and 'Doomsday.' His Poetical Works were published in 1870-1873." Columbia Encycopedia 1940 ed.