Still trying to date the Adair - Vans marriage and the 1st Adair - Agnew marriage. Any help appreciated.
From the book "Dictionary of Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland" by Sir Bernard Burke, 1858.(929.72) pages 6 and 7 -
VANS - AGNEW OF BARNBARROCH. Vans-Agnew, Robert, Esq. of Barnbarroch, co. Wigton, s. his father in 1842. Seats: Barnbarroch, near Wigton; Park House, near Stanraer.
Lineage - The family of Vans or Vaus claims to be a branch of the great house of Vaux, so celebrated in every part of Europe. (See Burke's Extinct and Dormant Peerage.) A younger branch of the Dirleton line of the family was that of Barnbarroch, derived from Robert Vans, who acquired from the Earl of Douglas a charter of the lands of Barnbarroch in 1451.
This Robert Vans, who was eldest son of John Vans, ambassador to England from King James II., in 1437 (where was he living then ??) left issue, BLAIZE VANS his heir; Thomas, ambassador to England, in 1457, dean of Glasgow, secretary to the King, and keeper of the Privy Seal; George, Bishop of Galloway, and Patrick, Prior of Whitehorne.
The eldest son, Balize Vans, of Barnbarroch, m. Elizabeth, dau. and heiress of Sir John Shaw of Haillie and widow of Sir John Stewart of Garlies, by whom he had a son,
Patrick Vans, of Barnbarroch who m. Margaret Kennedy dau of Gilbert 2nd Lord Kennedy and great-granddau. of King Robert III.