re : September 7 1675: Memorandum by P P Kennedy, Killyleagh, Co Down, of the right granted to him by Thomas Kennedy, minister, Newton[ards], Co Down, to receive the May rent from Richard Wood, Ballimacanan, on payment of which, he is to deliver up a bond due by Sir Robert Maxwell to ARCHIBALD ADAIR. (Can anyone confirm the parents of this Archibald Adair please ?).
The Henry Maxwell who acquired a perpetuity leasehold of Finnebrogue, was the second son of the Rev. Robert Maxwell, Dean of Armagh (ancestor of the Barons Farnham). The Maxwells came from Calderwood in the Lowlands of Scotland. Robert Maxwell, later to be given the deanery of Armagh by James I, seems also to have acted as an agent for Scotland ...'. His second son, Henry of Finnebrogue, married a daughter of Robert Echlin, Bishop of Down and Connor (d.1635)(went to college at same time as Rev. Archibald Adair of Raphoe ?)- ironically, in view of the fact that the Rev. Robert Maxwell had been Echlin's unsuccessful rival for that bishopric in 1612. Echlin was preoccupied with trying to recover the lands and revenues of his see from rapacious and more influential Scots laymen who had settled in Co. Down, notably James Hamilton, 1st Viscount Clandeboye, and Hugh Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery.
Henry Maxwell had one son, Robert Maxwell 'of Killyleagh', Co. Down, who married Jane, daughter of the Rev. John Chichester (?) of Belfast. Robert died in 1686.Robert Maxwell added to the family property the Ards or Groomsport estate, near Bangor, which he purchased from Henry Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Clanbrassill, in 1674.