page 379 of, "History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland".
" The person alluded to by Leslie was Sir Robert Adair, Knt. of Kilhill, or Kinhilt, in Wigtonshire. His Irish property lay at Ballymena, in Antrim, and it still possessed by a lineal defendant of the same name.
He was sheriff of the county of Antrim in 1630.
He escaped the fangs of his prelatical persecutor at this period, (c.1638) and fled to Scotland. But he wasneverthelessindicted for treason, and his property confiscated.
In August 1639, Wentworth (Sir Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford) thus writes respecting him to Sir Henry Vane, one of the Secretaries of State:--
" There is one Mr. Adaire, a man of some four hundred pounds land, who went over into Scotland to rebel it there with the rest of that faction, and hath played his part notably and insolently. This fellow I caused to be indicted of treason; but I stay prosecution till I may farther have his majesty's direction therein, which I pray you to procure me; but had his majesty continued at Berwick, within these few days, I should have procured a good confiscation to the crown."