"DUNSKEY in parish of PORTPATRICK, Vol. 1, p. 84. The earliest possessor of this property known is one Currie, in the 14th century, supposed to be the son of Walter de Currie who was entrusted in 1291 by Edward the First with the keeping of Wigtown Castle. He (Walter) was, for some cause or another, declared a rebel, and a proclamation issued, that whoever produced him, dead or alive, would be rewarded with his lands. It is stated, by Sir Andrew Agnew, that about 1388, Robert Fitzgerald, a son of the Earl of Desmond (of Norman origin), who owned the lands of Adare in Ireland, fled to Galloway, and assumed the name of Robert Adare . Being an adventurer, and hearing about Currie, he watched for a long time, and at last getting an opportunity, killed him. The castle and lands became, of course, his. This account of the origin of the Adairs is said to have been obtained from a MS history in the possession of the late Mr. John Adair of Balkail, who died in Australia in 1864. The story, at the same time, must be taken with caution, for there is no mention made either of Portree, the Curries, or the Adairs, in Robertson's Index of the missing charters of Robert the Bruce and his successors. Vol. 2 p 181, re DUNSKEY account in Vol. 1; we have been unable to trace anything more in regard to Walter de Curry, excepting that there was a family of that name, and of that ilk, in Annandale, one of whom was slain at the battle of Largs, in 1263 Vol. 2 page 291: on the 20th of January 1498, there was a letter of "remitt and forgiveness" to "Johnne of Dunbar, sone and aperant are to Johnne of Dunbar of Mochram, and to his seruitories, Wilzam Flemyn, and James Makcowloche, and Johnne Core, quilk war with Elizabeth Kennedy that time sche tuik away certain gold and siluer, a siluer sele and other small geir.11 "
Seeking information on death of John Adair 1864 in Australia.Thankyou.