Innes, Alexander

Battle:Battle of Dunbar in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Ship/Arrival:Unity, Dec 1650
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Published: 16 Dec 2014
Updated: 22 Oct 2018
Researchers: Andrew Millard, Teresa Rust
Editor: Teresa Rust

Alexander Innes, #13 on the “Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory

According to, Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell, in, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018), on page 247, Alexander is categorized as:

Definite [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity]

Innes/Ennis/Evans/Evins/Enos/Innis/Aines, Alexander. Residences: Lynn MA, Taunton MA, Block Islan RI. Appears: 1653. D.aft.1665. [Exiles; Banks; DR; SPOWS; Ch.8]

For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices.

First Generation in the New World

1. ALEXANDER¹ INNES, was born in Scotland about 1632 and died at Block Island in 1679. He married possibly at Lynn or Taunton, Massachusetts before 1656, KATHERINE BRIGGS, an Irish woman who died probably between 1664 and 1679.

Children of Alexander and Katherine (Briggs) Innes:
2. ELIZABETH INNES/ENOS, born at Taunton in 1658, married, WILLIAM HARRIS.

Sources and Notes:
Bart Saxbe is a family historian. His research interests are (1) nineteenth-century Ohio, and (2) colonial southeastern New England. The latter concentrates on the Bowen family of Rehoboth, Mass.; the Walling family of Providence Co., R.I., and the Innes/Ennis family of Block Island, R.I., and Kingston, N.Y. He is happy to receive correspondence concerning these families, but does not take clients.

Alexander Innes died in 1679 at the home of his supposed daughter Elizabeth “Enos”, the wife of William Harris, on Block Island, Rhode Island. He made a nuncupative will[10] in the presence of Robert Guthrie and two others from Block Island, naming William Harris as his heir (New Shoreham Town Book 1:52). Catherine most likely died between 1664 and 1679[11]

“Alexander Ennis was evidently among those who remained at Saugus. He was listed on an inventory of the iron works dated November 1653. The inventory was a result of lawsuits resulting from financial difficulties. The Scots were valued at £10 each, though Giffard protested that they were worth twice that amount and some of the Scots more than that.”

On 16 April 2018, Janice Buss wrote, “Here’s another for your list: Alexander Innes (Battle of Dunbar; Saugus Ironworks)/ Katherine Briggs “an Irish woman” (Third Supplement to Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700, p. 159)

In the court records in Taunton, Massachusetts:
Saxbe, William B., Jr., CG, FASG. “Who Was the Mother of James2 Paule (1657-1724) of Taunton, Massachusetts?The American Genealogist 73 (October 1998): 312-315.

Alexander and Catherine Innes by Michelle Boyd.

Regarding Mr. and Mrs. Alexander INNES and fellow SPOW William PAUL from Miner Descent:

“Life in Taunton – The Irish Catherine and Scottish Alexander clashed with the Puritans of Taunton on at least one occasion. Saxbe writes, “‘an Irish woman named Katheren Aines’ was brought before the court at Plymouth in February, 1656/57, ‘vpon suspision of comiting adultery.’ The trial was the following month, and justice was swift and harsh:

‘Att this Court, William Paule, Scotchman, for his vnclean and filthy behauiour with the wife of Alexander Aines, is centanced by the Court to bee forthwith publickly whipt…which accordingly was p(er)formed…Katheren Aines, for her vnclean and laciuiouse behauior with the abouesaid William Paule, and for the blasphemos words that shee hath spoken, is centanced by the Court to bee forthwith publickly whipt heer att Plymouth, and afterwards att Taunton, on a publicke training day, and to were a Roman B cutt out of ridd cloth and sowed to her vper garment on her right arme [for blaspheme]; and if shee shalbee euer found without it soe worne whil shee is in the gou(vern)ment, to bee forthwith publickly whipt…Alexander Anis, for his leauing his family, and exposing his wife to such temptations, and being as baud to her therin, is centanced by the Court for the p(re)sent to sitt in the stockes the time the said Paule and Katheren Ainis are whipt, which was p(er)formed…’

Understandably, the Innes family moved sometime within the next few years. In 1659, Alexander is found in the records buying land in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, fifteen miles south of Taunton (Clarence S. Brigham, Early Records of the Town of Portsmouth (Providence: E.L. Freeman &Sons, 1901), pg. 379). In 1664, Block Island became part of Rhode Island and a group of Scots settled there.”