re: In 1784 Nathaniel Wilson and Nicholas Grimshaw built the first cotton mill in Ireland - associates of Jesse Adair and his wife Anne nee Stanton ?
Newspaper Adv.March 27-31, 1789, Page 3 Ballygalloch. On 24 April 1789 Belfast, Waddell Cunningham, James Holmes and John Hamilton will sell by publick Auction Lots or Farms as underneath,--all that part as Ballygalloch, held by the late Nath. Wilson from Lord Donegall.
Lot No. 1.A Lease for 58 years, 16 acres, part of the land lately occupied by Mr. Wilson, lying along the river side, and including the Drying-house built by Mr. Wilson, bounded on the west by Mr. Crymble's land, (relative of Adairs of Donegore ?) Lot No. 2.A Lease 21acres being widow Cowdon's holding, and a part of the land lately occupied by Mr. Wilson. Lot No. 4.A Lease 17acres being the holdings of William Hunter, Will. Cowdon, Robert Well, and a part of the lands lately occupied by Mr. Wilson---subject to a yearly rent of 8l.---and also subject to a lease of Robert Bell's holdings, being about four acres. No. 6A Lease of 6acres of William Hunter and JOHN BLAIR, subject to a yearly rent of 3l and also subject to a lease granted by the late Stephen Haven to JOHN BLAIR of 3A 0R 19P at 3L. 19s. 7d. half p. per year, of which lease two years unexpired from last November. (Were Hunter & Blair of Dunskey Castle, Wigtownshire ?)
Belfast, 28th March 1789 W. Cunningham James Holmes John Hamilton.