McDowell & Adair families of Wigtownshire, Scotland, to Ireland to America ?
re: Belfast, co. Antrim, Ireland, Funeral Register entries, 1713. Dec 9. Mrs Addair at Loughan-More 1715. Sep 3. preacher Uchtred McDooll / McDowall 1716. Nov 1. Mr. Alex Adair, merchant. pr. Mr. Jas Adair 1717. Jun 13. Mr. Patterick aDair, Minister at Carrickforguss 1718. Mar 29. Mrs. Heterige, widow, at Marherihall /Maghera- 1718. June 1. John McDowell. pr. Doctr Fforguson, ...................minister Jno McBride .................................... Nov 16 1664 ...GD72/166 Charge on inhibition and horning at instance of Andrew Adair of Litle Gainoche (Little Genoch, Wigtownshire) assignee of John Cathcart of Meikle Gainoche, against Alexander Mcbryde in Balmurrie (Was Mcbryde rel. of minister of Carrickfergus in 1718 ?) ..................... 1669 Andrew Adair had the sasine of Achmalg / Auchenmalg (Wigtownshire, Scotland) --------------- 2 June 1670 GD141/211 Instrument of Sasine at the hand of James McKittrick N.P. narrating that William Adair of Corghie in implement of his Marriage Contract with Anna McDowell sister of Patrick McDowell of Logan dated 2 June, 1670, infeft the said Anna for life in the 5 merklands of Corghie in the parish of Kirkmadin [note in Scottish Archives : In 1680 Wm. Adair younger of Corghie married Grizzel McDowell sister of James McDowell of Gillespie (P.R.S. III f. 177) and was succeeded by James Adair his brother in 1723 who settled at Belfast and had three sons, William, who predeceased his father unmarried, Patrick and James. Patrick survived his father but made up no titles to the estate and died in 1764 without male issue. James settled in London and died in 1782 leaving a son James Adair sergeant-at-law who had to establish a title as heir to his grandfather James.] Description Wit:- Mr. Alexander Adair lawful son of Sir Robert Adair of Kinhilt, Andrew Adair of Ganoch, Robert Adair of Maryport and Patrick Blaine servitor to Andrew McDowell of Corrochtrie.) (note by S.Walsh: refer Parish Lists of Wigtownshire and Minnigaff, 1684, Paroch of Inch. page 16 : LITTLE GENOCH Andrew Adar. Sarah Dunbar, spouse Andrew Agnew Robert Adair, s. (son ?) Helen Agnew, d. (dau ?) Margt. Adair, d. Grissell McDowal etc. )
Would this Grissell McDowal family (connected to this Adair family) have emigrated to America and had descendant John McDowell Adair, possibly of Michigan ? Thankyou .......................... McDouall family of Logan, Wigtownshire 20 Sep 1682 GD141/254 Precept of Clare Constat by James, Bishop of Galloway in favour of Mr. William Cathcart as heir to his grandfather James Cathcart of Barneill in the 20/- lands of Ganoch 5 merklands of Nydder Torris, 46/8d. lands of Over Torris, 6 merkland of Balnab 20/- lands of Whytcruik and Croftling Wit:- Mr. James Glendoning our secretary and James Chalmers our servitor. ................... 8 Dec 1682...GD141/255 Instrument of Sasine following on above at the hand of Alex. Agnew N.P. Wit:- John Adair younger of Little Ganoch ROBERT ADAIR son lawful to Andrew Adair elder of Little Ganoch, [ ] Kennedy tailor burgess of Stranraer Andrew McClerie servitor to Alexander Agnew Sheriff clerk. Reg. in P.R.S. 8 Dec. 1682. .................. 8 April 1685 GD72/247 Discharge by Andrew Adair of Little Gainoch, executor-creditor of Sir Alexander Agnew of Croach, to Sir Charles Hay of Park of bond GD72/130 (Dalrymple-Hay ?) .................... PRONI Catalogue. HA12/A2/1/68. William Adair who had investiture in the Estate of Corgie in June 1634 as eldest son and heir male of his father the said James in that Estate Vide an Instrument entitled Precept of Clare Constat (granted by Robert Adair of Kinhilt the Superior of Corgie and son and heir of William Adair of Kinhilt who had investitute therin anno 1606). This precept of Clare Constat is dated 19 June 1634 and sasine followed upon it on the 30 of said month of June and is recorded in the particular register of sasines for the shire of Wigton 16 August 1634 which record is to be found in the general register house at Edinburgh.
The said William Adair of Corgie has also Investiture in the said estate under an apprising to which he had acquired right from Thomas Wallace.This Investiture is composed of a charter granted by Mr. Alexander Adair son of the above mentioned Robert (Sir Robert Adair I) who had been knighted and is designed Sir Robert in this charter.In favor of the said William of the said estate of Corgie with the tythes thereof and which charter is dated 8 June 1670 and sasine following upon it in favor of the said William recorded in the particular register of sasines for the County of Wigton 10 June 1670 Vide Record in General Register house at Edinburgh. This William resigned his estate in favor of his son William in his son's marriage contract with Grizel McDowal. .............................. note in margin of above - William Adair of Corgie who had investiture 1634 m. Ann McDowell, sister of Patrick McDowell of Logan. Marriage contract 2 June 1660. They appear to be parents of Rev. Patrick Adair of Carrickfergus whose burial 13 June 1717 was in the above Belfast Funeral Register. The McDowalls, also in the Belfast funeral register may have been relatives. Not sure if Mrs. Addair of Loughanmore (above) may have been the 2nd wife of Capt. James Adair who may have been of the Corgie lineage.Her maiden name may have been Chalmers ?