James Adair (shown b.c. 1727 Finnabrogue, Parish of Inch on the IGI) m. Margaret Maxwell, dau. of Henry Maxwell and Dorothy Brice.
Margaret Maxwell was sister of Edward Maxwell of Finnabrogue / Finnybrogue, Parish of Inch, co. Down, Ireland.
In the PRONI index it gives Lieut.commissions, co. Down,
28 Sep 1756, James Crawford, Edward Brice Maxwell and James Adair. Also 21 July 1775 Donaghadee port intelligence 22 transports sailed 67 Regiment Foot, Col. Edward Maxwell.
The PRONI, Perceval-Maxwell papers show they owned, amongst others, the estate of "Gransha" which may be the property from which Joseph Adair or John Adair went from to Canada whom Joe is researching also.
Refer book by Perceval-Maxwell.
The titles of "Viscount Dunluce" and "Earl of Antrim" were conferred on Randal MacDonnell in the 1620s and the MacDonnell estates, along with the rest of counties Antrim and Down, were excluded from the plantation of Ulster, although Randal MacDonnell voluntarily gave up 2,000 acres around the town of Coleraine.
The main business of the estate however was the leasing of land for agricultural use. As well as lease books (PRONI, D/2977/3B) and rentals (D/2977/7B), there are approximately 4,000 individual leases, dating back to the 1620s, which form an important resource for both historians and genealogists (D/2977/3A).
Would these tenant's names be on the PRONI Freeholders database for voters' lists or similar ?
In many cases it is possible to trace the ownership of a particular area across a period of 300 years. Of particular interest are the leases granted in 1637, when the 2nd Earl (Randal MacDonnell, Marquis of Antrim, 1609-1683) re-leased the whole estate, which have been analysed in detail by Dr Jane Ohlmeyer.
Has anyone seen any of these Adair or Houston/Huston leases,or read Dr. Jane Ohlmeyer's books re re-leasing of co. Antrim or co. Down, Ireland ?
Would Robert and Sarah Adair of South Carolina,
(land record) be connected to this Maxwell or Brice family ?