Sir Alexander Don, 5th Baronet

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Colonel Sir Alexander Don, 5th Baronet of Newton Don (died 1815) was a Scottish soldier who served as a British Army officer during the French Revolutionary Wars.[1]


Alexander was the son of Sir Alexander Don, 4th Baronet of Newton Don, and Mary, daughter of John Murray of Philiphaugh.[1]

Alexander succeeded to the title of 5th Baronet on 2 October 1776. In 1778 Sir Alexander was promoted to the rank of captain in the Southern Fencibles.[1] On 21 April 1795 he was commissioned to Colonel of the newly formed Berwickshire Regiment (a fencibles cavalry regiment).[2] He died on 5 June 1815.[1]


In 1778 Sir Alexander married Lady Henrietta Cuninghame, daughter of Major-General William Cunningham, 13th Earl of Glencairn and Elizabeth Maguire.[1] They had some children:

  • Elizabeth[1] (died 12 June 1795)
  • Mary[1] (died 12 June 1795)
  • Alexander[1] (1779–1826), his heir and the 6th baronet.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Lundy 2011, p. 32649 § 326484 cites Mosley 2003, p. 1165
  2. ^ British War Office 1797, p. 6.


  • British War Office (22 June 1797), List of the officers of the several regiments and corps of fencible cavalry and infantry: of the officers of the militia [etc.] (5 ed.), p. 1 (contents) .
  • Lundy, Darryl (10 Mar 2011), Sir Alexander Don of Newton Don, 5th Bt., The Peerage, p. 32649 § 326484 
    • Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003), Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage; 107th, 3 volumes, 1, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books), p. 1165