From the book This is from the beginning to Janet Orr, so that I don't mislead anyone . . .
The Alexander family under discussion has borne the coat of arms which is different from the Lord Sterling arms, and is identical with that of John Alexander whom, Burk says settled in Carolina. The following condensed sketch is taken from Burk's peerage: The rental book of the Monastery of Paisey, A. D. 1472, gives the name of John Alexander as one of the tenants of the abbot.In 1522, the rental states that the lands of Candren were assessed to John, 'the son of John Alexander,' and in 1552 they are held by him conjointly with his sons, John and Robert.Members of this family continued on the same land for two hundred years. James Alexander, in 1682, and Claud Alexander, in 1733, were designed as 'of candren." The second son, Robert and his wife, Janet Matthie, bought the property of Paisey Tak, in 1759. John Alexander, the brother of Robert married Elizaeth Carswell, in 1598, and had issue Robert the 2nd; James, who had two sons, James and Claud; Catherine, and Janet. Robert, the 2nd, born 1604, married first in 1633 to Marion Hamilton, second to Janet Orr.