Following on from the previous message re the year 1411 and the death of Fitzgerald in Paris in 1420,there is an old letter which (in part) approx. reads -
According to Sir G. McKenzie of Rosehaugh, Lord Advocate for Scotland: this family of Adair likewise is sprung from the Desmond family.It's account according to a manuscript of Sir George's, still or lately in Lord Panmure's Library, is, that Robert Fitzgerald got from his father, the Earle of Desmond, the Barony of Adair in the Earledom of Desmond, from which, according to the custom of the times; he and his children took their names.
This Robert being obliged to leave Ireland on account of some feud, (OR HIS SON )came to Scotland where, having defeated Coree (perhaps Currie)whose Castle was at Portrie (a place in the parish of Portpatrick) which Coree was an outlaw and a rebel, he had bestowed on his Coree's Estate. A part of which was exchanged afterwards with the Viscount Airds who was predecessor to the Earle of Mount Alexander, and now in the possession of Blair of Dunsky.
Adair killed Coree at Kilhilt.He left two sons the eldest was Neil (Nigello) and designed of Portrie, the second was Robert who was predecessor to Adair of Gainoch, he was designed of Kildonan, the evidence of this is a letter from the late Sir Robert Adair to John Adair father to the present Thomas Adair of Gainoch, which latter is still in the possession of the said Thomas Adair, Sir Robert Adair that what he asserts in that letter is evident from writes in his possession.
Neil (Nigello) of Portrie is witness to a Charter granted A.D.1426 to Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw by James I of Scotland, confirming a Charter granted to Agnew of Lochnaw by the Duchess of Turrain which Charter I have often seen.
Neil's eldest son William, married in the reign of James II (r.1437-1460) a daughter of Vance (however spelt Vans/Waus) of Barnbarough (Barnbarroch Castle, Wigtownshire) who was heir to Alexander Vans, Bishop of Galloway.
His son was William (or Alexander ?), he was married to a daughter (Euphemia)of Sir William Stewart of Garlies.This William was designed of Kilhilt and was killed with many others of the Nobility and Gentry of Scotland at the famous battle of Floudon in 1513, where King James IV likewise lost his life.
His son was Ninian who gets a Charter of his Lands from King James V (reigned 1513-1542) and therein he is declared the son of William Adair, gui obijt sub vixillo regis, quondom Jacobi 4 in Campo belli apund Northumberland.He was married to Cathrine, daughter to Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw. END.
Would anyone have more information on the Vans family of Barnbarroch Castle, Wigtownshire and of the period 1420-1500 please ?