Vaus of Wigtownshire, Scot. & Ireland c.1600
re: Sir Patrick Vaus / Vans / Wauss of Barnbarroch, Wigtownshire, Scotland, obtained the erection of the lands of Barnbarroch into the free Barony of Barnbarroch 1591;
m 1st, 1560, Elizabeth (d 1572), dau of Sir Hew Kennedy of Girvanmains, and had issue,
1 Isobell Vaus / Vance / Waus / Vans
...m 1st George Murray of Broughton
...(who had lands in the Plantation of Ireland,
....see below )
...m 2nd Hugh *Maxwell.
...m 1st John Dunbar in Orchardton
...(who had lands in the Plantation of Ireland ?)
...m 2nd John Crichton of Larg.
3 Janet m William Adair of Genoch,
...probably younger bro of Ninian Adair who m. Eliz. Gordon.
...m 1st John Kennedy of Barwhanny (Bargany ?)d 1589
...m 2nd John McDowall of Logan (d 1618).
He m 2ndly, 1573, Lady Katherine Kennedy,
...dau of 3rd Earl of Cassilis ( Marquesses of Ailsa),
...and d 22 Dec 1597, having had issue by her :
5 John Vaus.
6 Patrick Vaus of Lybrack / Lybreck d 1649.
7 Robert of Campford / Camfuird
...m 1st Rosina Agnew; m 2nd Margaret Jardine.
9 Eupheme m Alexander Baillie.
10 Elizabeth m John Shaw of Sornbeg.
11 Catherine m William Houston
...(had dau Janet who m. Rev. Arch Adair of co. Donegal ?)
12 Jean m William Gordon of Craichlaw.
13 Florence m Homer Maxwell of Carnsalloch.
14 Mary m John McDowall / McDowell / M'Dowall of Freugh.
Of all the Scottish landlords who came over in the summer of 1610 to undertake the colonization of the baronies of Boylagh and Banagh only George Murray, Laird of the estate of Broughton on the borders of the parishes of Sorbie in Whithorn in Wigtonshire, Scotland, persevered in the job.
George Murray's grant of land in Lower Boylagh extending from Portnoo to Glenties, but he also busied himself in the settling of Scotsmen and cattle on his father-in-law (?), Patrick Vance's, land in the parish of Killymard.
George Murray died at *Lifford, co Donegal, Ireland, in 1613 leaving a son John and three daughters in the guardianship of a far-out cousin, John Murray of the House of Cockpool, afterwards to become the Earl of Annandale. This John of Cockpool was a lesser favourite of James I, and, after he had bought out the whole of the two baronies from the small individual landlords, had his title to them confirmed by a royal grant in 1620. They were to form two manors named Castelmurray and Ballyweel. His chief agent (in Ireland), Herbert *Maxwell (relative of husband of Isobell Vaus (above ?), fixed his seat at Castle Rahan near Dunkineely to the Gweedore River and eastward to Lough Eske.
John Murray of Broughton came of age in 1627 and married his guardian's niece, thus cementing for the second time the link between the houses of Broughton, Wigtownshire and Cockpool. One of his sisters married Alexander Conyngham, first Protestant minster of Inver and Killymard and later Dean of Raphoe.
Alexander Conyngham was the first rector of the Reformed Church in Inver Parish, who later became Dean of Rapho, co Donegal, Ireland.He purchased the Mount Charles estate in the eastern part of the parish. His son married the daughter of Rev. Archibald Adair who had been Dean of Rapho.
Most of the land in Inver Parish, south Donegal, Ireland, went to Sir Patrick McKee.
There was a William Houston near *Lifford, co Donegal, on the 1630 Muster Roll for Barony de Rapho,
with William Stewart, laird of Dunduff.
This William Houston may have been related or the same William Houston who married Catherine Vaus c.1594 in Scotland.
Any corrections most welcome.Thank you.