re: Archibaldus Adaire at Edinburgh University May 1653 and Alexander Adair 23 May 1655 be those mentioned in two documents :
"Bond made by Robert McAlexander and Patrick McAlexander, Litter, King's County, to Archibald Adair, Litter, re marriage dowry of Elizabeth Adair wife of Robert McAlexander and assigned by them to Alexander Adair. 30 August 1680."
"Assignment by Robert McAlexander and Elizabeth his wife, formerly Elizabeth Adair, to Alexander Adair, Litter, Ireland re sums payable by John Adair and Sir Robert Adair as part of a marriage portion of Elizabeth Adair in consideration of sums advanced by Alexander Adair to Robert and Elizabeth McAlexander and of other services performed by Alexander Adair on their behalf. 30 Aug. 1680"
Archibald may have been 2nd son of Sir Robert Adair I,
and Alexander Adair of Drumore, Scotland the 3rd son,
both executors of the will of the 1st son,
William Adair who dc.1661 (father of Sir Robert Adair II).
ADAIR in Scotland, AD1593–1608 RMS Vol. VI (Part 1)
Registrum Magni Sigilli Regum Scotorum (RMS)
Register of the GREAT Seal of Scotland
page 17, #53 (xxxix. 187.)
17 February 1583
& 11 November 1593
& 26 January 1594
“REX confirmavit cartam NINIANI ADAIR de KINHILT, -
(qua, - pro perimpletione contractus initi inter se ab una,
et JO. DUMBAR apparentem de Mochrum,
cum consensu JOANNIS KENNEDY de Blairquhane
et quondam WILLELMI CUNYNGHAME de Capringtoun
et THOME MAKALEXANDER de Crosclayis ejus curatorum pro eorum interesse,
ab altera partibus, de data apud Edinburgh 16 Feb.,
in libris concilii registrat. 17 Feb., 1583, -
vendidit dicto JOANNI DUMBAR, tune de Mochrum, heredibus ejus et assignatis –
5 mercatas terrarum de CALLOWGLAS,
5 mercatas de GAREHERIE,
20 solidatas de GARGOWRIE,
in baronia de MOCHRUM-LOCH, vic. Wigtona :-
TENED. de rege :- cum precepto sasine :-
WILLELMO ADAIR de KINHILT juniore,
(who emig. to co. Antrim, Ireland c.1620 with Houston & Edmonstons)
Willelmo Weir scriba in Edinburgo,
Duncano McKie, servitoribas dicti NINIANI ADAIR de KINHILT,
Jacobo Muir de Drumskeoch :-
Apud locum de DRUMMOIR, Parish of Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshir, Scotland
11 November 1593.
James Dalrymple, (second son of James Dalrymple of Stair and Isabel Kennedy)
of Drummurchie, became possessed of the land of Stair.
He m. 1617 Janet Kennedy (dau of Fergus Kennedy of Knockdaw),
and had only child ,
James Dalrymple of Stair, b. 1619 at Drummurchie, parish of Barr, Ayrshire
He had a company of Foot in the regiment of William (Cunningham ?),
Earl of Glencairn, afterwards Chancellor.
(Cunningham may have had estate in the Whithorn area of Wigtownshire
and also in the plantation of co. Donegal, Ireland).
Domestic Annals of Scotland. c.1599
M’Alexander of Drumachryne (Parish of Barr)in Ayrshire had a lease of the teinds of his estate from the Laird of Girvanmains, who in his turn was head-tenant of these teinds from the Earl of Cassius (Kennedy, Earl of Cassillis ?)
Thomas McAlexander was executed for treason (forging coins) in 1601 :
THOMAS M'ALEXANDER of Drummochreyne,
who was " wirreit at ane staik" for the crime oi "
forging and vending of counterfeit and adulterated
coin," &c., in 1601. The dittay against him
which was as follows, shows that he did not associate
with the best of company :— "
Miss Given, from Cullybackey, co. Antrim, N. Ireland
(same area as Houston family who emig. c.1620 to Ireland with Adairs)
married into the line of William (Laird) Mark of Markstown, Cullybackey
- so called because he inherited £12,000 from the estate of the
last Laird of Drummochrein, Ayr, Scotland.
Gilbert WILLSON b.1636 New Cumnock, Nithsdale, Ayr, Scotland
d. aft 1719 Markstown, Ahoghill,co. Antrim, N. Ireland.
- The accession of (King) James brought no immediate relief to the persecuted Covenanters of Scotland. An Episcopal farmer named Gilbert Wilson had two daughters—
Agnes, aged 13, and Margaret, aged 18. These girls had become Presbyterians. Arrested and condemned to death, their father succeeded in procuring the pardon of the younger on paying 100 pounds sterling. But the elder daughter and an old woman named Margaret MacLaughlan were bound to stakes on the seashore at Wigtownshire, Scotland, that they might be drowned by the rising tide. After the old woman was dead, and the water had passed over Margaret Wilson's head, the latter was brought out, restored to consciousness, and offered life if she would take the abjuration oath. But she said, "I am one of Christ's children, let me go." She was then once more placed in the sea, and her sufferings ended by death.
Adair files - Wilson references.
HA12/F2/1/64, AD1684 (re-grant or lease renewal ?)
HA12/F2/3/16. 7 June 1727
Alexander Wilson & James Wilson
HA12/F2/4/41, 9 Oct 1699
HA12/F2/2/32, 9 Oct 1699
Samuel and William Willson
HA12/F2/4/65, 1 June 1709
James Wilson of Purdysburn
Jane Wilson see Wallace or Mathy
HA12/F2/3/5, 10 June 1725
HA12/F2/4/8, 28 July 1739
HA12/F2/2/64. 28 July 1739
HA12/F2/3/14. 2 Nov 1745
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