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Colonel Alexander Montgomery (died 15 March 1722) was an Irish soldier and MP.
His father was Major John Montgomery of Crogan, County Donegal. Alexander joined the British Army and was promoted a captain of the Inniskilling Dragoons in 1689, a major in 1704 and a lieutenant-colonel in 1706. He was a captain of dragoons in the Monaghan Militia in 1708.
He married Elizabeth Cole, the daughter of Thomas Cole, Esquire of Mount Florence, County Fermanagh. Elizabeth's dowry was the Ballyleck estate in County Monaghan, where Colonel Montgomery then took up residence, thus founding the line of Montgomery of Ballyleck. They had four sons and three daughters, viz.
Colonel Montgomery died on 15 March 1722 and his will dated 28 August 1721 was proved on 6 July 1722. He disinherited Thomas, his eldest son, for marrying without consent and left Ballyleck to his second son, John.
The Montgomery Manuscripts written in 1704 states
"Alexander Montgomery is the second grandson of Reverend Alexander Montgomery, Prebendary of Doe, County Donegal. He was a Captain in ye 3rd regiment, and now in 1704 a major because it was not reduced: married Captain Coles (in ye County of Monaghan) his daughter and heiress, and now lives within two miles of Monaghan town, and hath a son, this gentleman hath a good Estate, and is a thriving man and a great tenant to ye present Duke of Ormond".