re: "SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS 25th January 1764. Present His excellency the Governor, For His Honor the Lord Governor. The Hon. Orville Beale, Henry Middleton and John Guararde.
The following petitioners for warrants of survey of lands on the bounty were presented and read. James Leslie 100 acres William McElroy 100 acres James Barr 300 John King 100 Agnes Barr 100 Jane Leslie 100 John McConnel 250 William Camlin 100 Margaret McConnel 100 Hugh Duff 100 George McConnel 100 William Law 400 James McCONNEL 100 John Law 100 John MONTGOMERY 100 Thomas McConnel 100 .....
"Read also the Petitions of: Anne Barr Robert McConnel Joseph Barr Rachael McConnel Hugh Barr Jane Law Jane Barr Robert Law Margaret McConnel George Law Isaiah Law John Almond Jane Law James ADAIR Elizabeth Kennedy William Law Robert Kennedy James Almond .......................... Would any Adair connected to above family have gone to Jackson Co GA, perhaps with Montgomery and McConnel families ? .......................... Sir Robert Montgomery bc.1680 in Skehnorie (Skelmorlie) castle, Ayr, Scotland, died in Ireland in August 1731.
In 1717 he proposed to plant a colony in Georgia, between Altamaha and Savannah rivers, and purchased territory from the proprietors on condition that he should occupy it within three years.
On attracting settlers he wrote : " My design arises not from any sudden motive, but a strong bent of genius I inherit from my ancestors "; and described how certain members of his family had been interested in colonizing Nova Scotia, and others in establishing a settlement in South Carolina. It was proposed to call the colony the "Margravate of Azilia," and he wrote "Carolina, especially in its southern bounds, is the most amiable country of the universe; that nature has not blessed the world with any tract which can be preferable to it; that paradise with all her virgin beauties may be modestly supposed at most but equal to it’s native excellencies." .................................. GD3/5Scottish Archives. Montgomerie Family, Earls of Eglinton. GD3/5/92114 Jan 1716 Letter from Sir Robert Montgomery of Skelmorlie, Bruntisland, to Hugh Montgomery of Hartfield, mentioning arrival of the pretender at Perth and his departure for Scone, and other plans and movements in connection with his arrival. (Fraser, i, 243).