re: John Blair (son of Rev. James Blair, minister of Portpatrick / Portmontgomerie, Wigtownshire, Scotland)
marriage contract 19 Oct 1667, Stranraer, Wigtownshire
with Jean Agnew, dau of Patrick Agnew, 1st of Scheuchan,
witnessed by :
Sir Andrew Agnew, sheriff,
Andrew Agnew, younger of Sheuchan
Patrick Agnew of Wig,
James and Hew Blair, bros of John Blair,
George Stewart of Tonderghie,
William Stewart of Eggerness,
Hew Cathcart of Carlton / Carleton (and Genoch ?)
Patrick Kennedy, Provost of Stranraer.
When young, Mr. Blair acted as agent for Sir Andrew Agnew, sheriff in Wigtownshire and his father, and afterwards (date ............. ) for Montgomery, Viscount Airds / Ards (Newtown / Newtownards, co. Down, N. Ireland). Montgomery of Ards (b................ ?) borrowed largely from John Blair, who eventually foreclosed on a mortgage and became possessed of the whole (?) of the Montgomery estates in Galloway, including Dunskey Castle, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire which had previously belonged to the Adair family.
DUNSKEY CASTLE, Portpatrick / Port Montgomrie, Wigtownshire, Scotland (ancient castle of the Adair family) -
Agnew / Blair / Shaw / Adair / Montgomery / Rutherford connection.
REGISTER OF THE GREAT SEAL of Scotland
Under the Commonwealth (Cromwell).
Vol. X AD1652-1659,pages 81 & 82, #164
Edinburgh, July 26 1653.
The Keepers grant to Johne Shaw (Blair ??) of Grenocke and his heirs and assignees whomsoever
(subject to the legal reversion), -
2-1/2 merk land of Killenterna
2-1/2 merk land of Uchtum Mackeirne
3 merk land of Craigenbea and
merk land of Auchinbea of old extent,
extending in all to a 10 merk land ;
the 10 pound land of PORTRIE,
comprehending the lands and others underwritten, viz : -
3 merk land of MARROK, with the castle, tower and fortalice of DUNSKEY situate thereupon ;
the corn-mill of PORTRIE, with the three mills and mill-lands, astricted multures and sucken thereof used and wont, viz :-
the said 10 pound land of PORTRIE,
the 5 pound land of KINGHILT,
the 3 merk land of DUNTOUNE(Dunvin / Dounone ?),
with the port called PORTPATRICK ;
the lands of MAROK and DUNTOUNE,
with several crofts of the said port ;
the 3 merk land of ENOCH ;
the 2 merk land of MEKEL SIGMANOCH (PIGMANOCH ?) ;
the 3 merk land of CRAIGOCH ;
the town or burgh of MONGRUMIE (MONTGOMERIE)
and sea port of old called PORT PATRICK and now PORT MONGRUMIE,
with the whole anchorages, tolls, customs, and other privileges, &c., pertaining thereto, -
with the castles, towers, fortalices, manor-places, &c., of the foresaid lands,
all lying within the sheriffdom of WIGTON ; -
the 3s. 4d. land of BOIGHALL, with
the 16s. land of NEITHERHILL of BEITH ;
the 40s. land of BIGHOLME ;
the 54s. land of OVER BOIGSYDE and FULWOODHEAD
the 4 merk land of MARCHALLAND, in the barony of BEITH, bailiary of Cunninghame,
regality of Killwinning, and sheriffdom of AYR ; -
which lands pertained to HEW ( Montgomery),
now Viscount of Airds (and Newtown Ards, co Down, N. Ireland ? ),
his father, and were apprised from him on 1st August 1650,
at the instance of JOANE MONTGRUMIE (Montgomerie) alias MACKMATH,
relict (widow) of the deceased HEW MONTGRUMIE
sometime of BALHARIE in the country of Doune, (Down, N. Ireland) gentleman, and of
Maister SAMUELL RUTHFUIRD (Rutherford), professor of divinity in the University of Saint Andrews,
now spouse of JOANE MONTGRUMIE (Montgomerie) alias (nee) MACKMATH (McMath),
for his interest, for payment of 2,000 pounds Scots,
with 100 pounds of sheriff-fee to Johne Hart, messenger ; -
which decree of apprising was assigned by the said
with consent of (her husband) the said (Rev.)SAMUELL RUTHFUIRD to
Andrew WARDLAW, merchant burgess of Edinburgh,
by assignation dated 15th June 1653, and was assigned by the said Andrew WARDLAW to the said
Johne Shaw (Blair-Shaw of Dunskey , Wigtownshire, Scotland ?)
by translation dated 22nd July 1653 :-
With precept of sasine.
P.R. vii. 82.
Volume 31, "Register of Sasines (1635 - 1660)"
of the Scottish Record Office publications called "Indexes".
RUTHERFUIRD ( Rutherford ) Jean Montgomrie or McMath,
relict (widow) of Hew (Sir Hugh) Montgomery, of (Ards and ?) Batharie, Down, Ireland,
and spouse of Samuel Rutherfuird, professor of divinity, St. Andrews. May 3, 1654.
(see Montgomery family of Adair’s Castle Dunskey, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire, Scotland.
Widow Jean nee McMath married Sam Rutherford).
Perhaps the (Rev. Capt.?) James Adair who m. Mabel Blair (resided later at Loughanmore, Donegore, co. Antrim ?)
may have been relative of Rev. Patrick Adair of Cairncastle co. Antrim, N.Ireland ?