Birth Name: Alistair Charles McGowan
Place of Birth: Evesham, Worcestershire, England
Date of Birth: 24 November, 1964
Ethnicity: English, some Indian and Irish, likely distant Portuguese
Alistair McGowan is a British impressionist, comic, actor, singer, and writer.
Alistair is the son of Marion (Hancox) and George McGowan.
Alistair’s father was born in Calcutta, India, in 1928, and his caste was recorded as “Anglo-Indian” on his birth certificate. Alistair’s father’s family lived in India for six generations. Alistair’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, Seutonius McGowan, married a noble Indian Muslim woman, whose name was omitted from the baptism record because she refused to convert to Christianity, in the mid-1800s.
Alistair’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his Irish-born great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, John McGowan, a Colonel in the East India Company army, and to his wife Maria de Cruz, who likely had Portuguese ancestry. They married at Fort St. George, Madras, India, in 1765.
Alistair’s paternal grandparents were Cecil McGowen (the son of Richard Theophilus McGowen and Isabelle Stewart) and Mabel Bergman.
Sources: Genealogy of Alistair McGowan (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com
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