re: 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.
The Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Records
(PRONI) c.1949-1950 evidently lists records for
Alexander Adaire & Mary Robinson family, Carnmoney Parish.
Adair, Capt., Derry,(Ballyphilip Parish ?) co. Down, rental 1645.
Adair, Mullafernaghan / Mullafernagh, (Magherally Parish ?) co. Down, rentals 1720-25
Adair, James, Belfast. Marr. Arts. 1742 (Marriage ?)
There was a Capt. Adair (wounded) in Visct. Lisburne's Regt. of Foot.( about AD1661-1714)
On November 17, 1665 Robert Johnston, eld. son of Edward Johnston of England, replaced Smyth as member for Lisburn in the parliament of 1661/1666. He had accompanied Sir Edward Smyth to Ireland as his secretary and when here began to practice at the Irish bar until the death of Charles (1685): re-appointed by James II, removed 1686, d. 1687.
His eldest son Robert Johnston bc.1657 represented the Borough of Trim (co. Meath nr family of William Johnston, later in America ?)1695/99 (second parliament of William 111) and for Athboy 1703/13 (Queens Anne's 1st Parliament), he became one of the Barons of the Exchequer.
In May 1689 the Parliament of James II met and was dissolved July 28 1689. On Sep 26 1692 in the Parliament of 1692/3, the 1st (year of the reign) of King William III, Edward Harrison and Randal Brice appear as Lisburn's representatives and again in 1695/99.
Randolph or Randal Brice of Castle Chichester (Whitehead), son of Robert, who also resided there who died in November 1676 having amassed much wealth in trading with Scotland. A grandson of the Rev Edward Bryce / Brice, who was collated to the Prebend of Kilroot September 3 1619, was deposed for nonconformity on August 10 1636.
In 1675 Randal Brice was High Sheriff of Co Antrim, N. Ireland,(just prior to William Houston ?) and of Co Down in 1676 when he died in Dublin in September 1697 (?) and was succeeded as a member for Lisburn by (Lord ?) Popham (Seymour) Conway.