Sir Douglas Alexander Bt


Sir Douglas Alexander was the 5th of 9 sons of Harriet & Andrew Alexander [1832-1914].

Harriet came from Suffolk.

Andrew came from Errol in Perthshire, and was a schoolmaster at Bramley Lane and Elland [1871] / a teacher in Canada / a noted botanist & horticulturist / president of the Hamilton Horticultural Society.


Douglas was born in Hipperholme [July 1864].

His family lived at Binns Top, Southowram [1871].

In 1872, the family emigrated to Ontario, Canada, and settled in Hamilton.

He was educated at Hamilton Collegiate Institute & McMaster University,  Hamilton / a law student in Toronto / called to the bar [1886].

He moved to New York City, where he became a secretary in the Singer Manufacturing Company, the sewing machine producer [1891], working directly under the president, Frederick G. Bourne, who developed the Company's first electric sewing machine.

He went on to become

He never became a United States citizen.

During World War I, the Singer factory in Britain produced munitions and in 1921, in recognition of the co-operation between the Company and the British government, he was created a baronet by George V for services to the welfare of industrial workers.

In 1892, he married Helen Hamilton Gillespie [18??-1923] in Hamilton.


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The family lived

He died May 1949 (aged 85).

He was buried in the family vault at Hamilton, Ontario

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