re: Adair files (at www.a2a.org.uk/search/index.asp type in search : "Bruce Cochrane" ) HA12/A2/2/20 "AD1688. Information for the Laird of Kinhilt (Sir Robert Adair bc.1659) concerning 2 bonds for money payable under contract of his father and mother, the latter now married to Sir Bryce Cochrane."
HA12/A2/1/48 "Declaration by Patrick Adair, Belfast, concerning sum of 5,000 Scottish marks paid by Leues Stewart (?) of Elderstown (?), Scotland, as part of the marriage portion of Anna Helena, wife ( widow) of William Adair now deceased (dc.1661) to Sir Bruce (Bryce) Cochrane, at the request of Anna Helena Adair, for the use of her infant son, Robert Adair, and placed by Sir Bruce (Bryce) Cochrane in the hands of his brother, the Earl of Dundonald. 19 April 1688."
Elizabeth Cochrane m. Mr. Blair who took his wife's name and estates. Their son Sir William Cochrane (son of Mr. Blair) was created 1st Earl of Dundonald in 1669. ------------ From : A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland" (short extract) p.327. Ochiltree, a parish, in the district of Kyle, county of Ayr, 3-1/2 miles (W. by N.) from Old Cumnock, anciently spelt Uchletree. The lands that constituted the barony of Ochiltree were in 1530 exchanged by Sir James Colville, for the barony of East Wemyss, and became the property of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart, who conveyed them to Andrew Stewart, Lord Evandale, who in 1543 was created Lord Stewart of Ochiltree. (This Stewart family were also of Killymoon, Castlestewart, co. Tyrone, Ireland. Houston of (Castle ?)Craig, co. Antrim, inherited the Stewart Irish estate c.1700).
After passing to various proprietors in succession, the lands were at length vested in William, first Earl of Dundonald, who gave them to his second son, Sir John Cochrane. They were forfeited to the crown by Sir John Cochrane in 1685; but were afterwards re-granted to his son, William, and remained in the family till about 1730 .................... BLAIR / COCHRANE / SCOTT / ADAIR ?
Alexander Blair, later Cochrane (d prior July 1641) mc. 24.7.1593 Elizabeth Cochrane (dau of William Cochrane of that ilk) and had children : 1... Sir John Cochrane bc. 1604, .....m. Grace Butler (cousin of Duke of ORMONDE ?) .................... Letters of Captain Andrew Adair (cousin of William Adair. William Adair was father of Sir Robert Adair of Ballymena) to Lord Aungier and of Lord Aungier to ORMOND : "Cal. Ormond Mss., pp. 124-7 On December 24 1683 Captain Andrew Adair one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for County Longford, Ireland, wrote from St. Johnstown (Ballinalee) in that county, to Francis (Aylmer ?), Lord Aungier, Governor of Counties Westmeath and Longford and informs him of "a dangerous plot intended this night or soon after to the British Nation."
In Jan 1661 Lord Aungier was appointed Governor of Westmeath and Longford, Ireland. (Calendar of State Papers (C.S.P.I.) 1660-2, p.203).