Co. Antrim. N. Ireland.Sir Arthur Chichester evidently wanted to purchase the estate of Clanaghertie (Clonagherty) from Rory Oge MacQuillan; for the king issued a royal letter demanding the surrender of the property, and the nephew of Sir Arthur Chichester, Sir Faithful Fortesque, received back the estate of Clanaghertie.
Chichester paid a sum of money to Rory Oge MacQuillan, “in consideration of the advantage that had accrued to his (Chichester's) family through the other’s (MacQuillan's)loss”.(This statement goes against what I have read,
that the Irish chiefs did not own the land, that it belonged to all members of the "clan" who looked after and protected it.Perhaps MacQuillan paid some of the money to the others in his "clan" ?)
Fortesque, a short time after, having divided the estate of Clanaghertie (to ?) family, and the remainder to William Edmondson of Redhall, (and Houston, & Colville & Wm Adair ?) who again sold his portion to Dr. Colville before the middle of the century.
This portion contained 21 large townlands.Dr. (Rev.) Alexander Colville dc.1679 when he was succeeded in the livings of Skerry and Rathcavan. The estate remained in the possession of Dr. Colville and his descendants for upwards of two centuries.
Dr. Alexander Colville (of Ogiltree, Ayr, Scotland, Stuart/Stewart-Colville family ?) possibly married before he left Scotland in 1630, as his son Robert, “sole heir of his body,” whom had entered the Army, was a captain in 1651.
Refer letter, addressed by Major Rawdon to Lord Conway, and dated Nov. 25, 1651. “My daughter Pen (Penelope Rawdon) will make it a wedding with Captain (Robert) Colville within 10-12 days. The doctor (Rev. Dr. Alex. Colville, Doctor of Divinity) is your servant very much.”
This “wedding” was the first of 4 recorded of Sir Robert Colville.
Capt. Robert Colville's wife was probably mother of his dau Penelope, who was 1st wife (c.1688 )of Sir Robert Adair II, of Ballymena, grandson of Sir Robert Adair I.Penelope Colville (Rawdon) was also probably mother of Robert Colville's son and heir, Francis.
Francis Colville m. 7 Nov 1682 to Dorothy Temple, (dau of Sir John Temple, and sister of the first Viscount Palmerston), and died shortly afterwards.(Lodge, 1754).
Captain Robert Colville seems to have resided with his father at Galgorm, being described as “of Mount Colville, in the Country Antrim,” in 1675, the year in which be bought the estates (from MONTGOMERY) of Newtown and GREYABBEY, co. Down, N. Ireland, being knighted apparently some time between that year and 1679, when he also purchased the COMBER estate.
Having acquired these large estates in Co. Down, Sir Robert Colville proceeded to rebuild himself Newton House, the former residence of the Montgomery family, which had been burned in 1664. This house, which had been “fully finished” in 1618, and stood between the present ivy-covered ruin and the “castle garden,” “made three sides of a quadrangle (the south side of the church, being contiguous, made the fourth side).
About 1798 there was a wealthy young James Adair from near Greyabbey who was killed in the uprising.
There were also many Adairs from the Comber area.
Would anyone have ancestor charts for these Adairs?
Ref. Adair files :
Rev. Dr. Alex Colvill,
HA12/F4/1/31;6 Aug 1650
HA12/F4/1/17;16 May 1656
HA12/F4/1/5;1 Nov 1660
Sir Robert Colvill, Newton, co. Down, N. Ireland,
HA12/F1/2/1 & 2; 27 June 1683 (R.Colville, Galgorm)
HA12/F4/4/7; 28 March 1695 (R. Colville, Newton, Co Down)