Talk:William Alexander, Lord Stirling

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Title after the Revolution[edit]

After having joined the revolution, did he continue to claim the British title, 'Earl of Stirling'? Indisciplined (talk) 13:04, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

Yes, and he continued to be called by it; it was accounted a grievance against the British that he was denied his rights. Note that he died about the time of the peace; the American Constitutional provisions about foreign titles did not yet exist. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 01:44, 9 January 2011 (UTC)


I notice that this article says Lord Stirling is buried in New York City. The citation leads to a page showing a stone with another name, and a plaque bearing Lord Stirling's name. However, Albany Rural Cemetery claims he's buried there: . I'll see if I can find additional information supporting one or the other, but if someone else can resolve that discrepancy easily, feel free. Pjmorse (talk) 15:22, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Plagiarism, copyvio, or just too close (near exact) paraphrasing?[edit]

I was going to make some corrections to the article but ran into what appears to be a problem. I have been informed that properly released work can be copied (I will still fight this when possible) but this site shows a copyright of 2015 and this article only likes a word here or there to be an exact copy. Otr500 (talk) 19:46, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Conway Cabal[edit]

The header of the article states that Stirling exposed the cabal in 1870.

I believe, but am not sure, that the conspiracy ended January 19th, 1778. I am unsure when Stirling exposed the plot to Washington, but it certainly was not 1870.


This from the lead strikes me as wrong: His claim was granted by a Scottish Court; however, the House of Lords ultimately over-ruled Scottish law and denied the title, granting Alexander instead the compromise title of Lord. The quoted source doesn't say that; it says that the House of Lords ruled against him and that Alexander had "returned to America the previous year, assuming the title Lord Stirling." I don't see that the House of Lords granted him anything, rather he presented himself as the Earl of Stirling despite the lack of recognition of his claim. Nelson (2003), makes the same point (pages 41-43). Mackensen (talk) 01:53, 14 August 2017 (UTC)