Some years ago there was a surge of interest in the ancestry of the Revells or Ballymoney.One post gave the following information:
'Family lore says that "three brother Revell went to Ireland from England with William III in the late 1600's. One was an army officer killed at the Battle of the Boyne. A second was a clergyman whose descendants became Roman Catholic. The third was a lawyer from whom we are descended. It is said that he received land as a result." Most of this has not been proven but who knows'.
The John Revell, judge and lawyer is reasonably well documented from the end of the 17th century, but his origins and the identity of his brothers remain obscure.
The Calendar of State Papers Domestic for Charles I has an entry dated September 12th 1640 that states '...to conduct to his Majesty's army near York some Irish officers and soldiers that have come from foreign parts to serve in the present expedition...' and lists one of these as Captain Thomas Revell.
The Battle of the Boyne was in 1690 and it is most unlikely that this Captain Thomas Revell is the indiviudal killed there, but he could be connected, and might even be the father.
At the moment I can find no other reference to him or his relatives.
In 1627 a Rowland Revell is recorded in the The Calendar of Patent Rolls and Close Rolls in the Chancery of Ireland in the Reign of Charles I who is appointed 'as Clerk of the Market in and throught our kingdom of Ireland'.Rowland's place of residence is not stated, but he also might be connected.
The forename Rowland is not frequently associated with the Revell family and is most notable in conenction with the Revells of Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire, and with those of Yorkshire, but it has not been possible to establish a definite link.
It is perhaps worth mentioning that at about the middle of the 17th century Revells associated with Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire, at locations such as Cilgarren and Haverfordwest, suddenly seem to disappear (although one branch probably moves to Swansea), and these Revells include a Thomas Revell who was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1622 and his descendents might have remained in the legal profession.
Although the purest speculation at present West Wales is a convenient departure point for a move to Wicklow with a sea crossing not much over 60 miles.
If anyone can add to these observations, or correct them, then that new information would be of considerable interest.