Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy



SECTION I: CHIEF UNDERTAKERS :Appendix B (Roman Numerals ie-I,II,IX ))
1.BALFOUR, Michael, Lord Burley: Legan, 2,000 acres and Carrowchee 1,000 acres, Knockninny barony, Fermanagh Served as heir 1590. Lands in Fife and Kinross. Although involved with Bothwell, rose quickly in court circles.

Between 1579 and 1604 on diplomatic mission. Jul 1607 created Lord Balfour of Burley. 1609 justice of peace. 1610 member of Scottish privy council. Forced to turn away divers famous and answerable men who wished to settle in his precincts as to many applied. Ulster patent 29 Jun 1610.

In Ulster Aug 1610, but had left by Feb. 1611. 1611 described as “most forward of all the undertakers”. (Carew’s Report): 20-4 persons plus an agent on proportion; 70 cows brought from Scotland, crops harvested, one house built, other buildings in progress. Fell into disgrace for opposing grants to king on occasion of Princess Elizabeth’s marriage. Dismissed from privy council. Quarrel developed between him and Connor Roe Maguire. (Bodley’s Report)Little progress. By 1618-19 proportion owned by Sir James Balfour of Pitcullo, brother to Lord Burley. Sir James created Lord Balfour Jul 1619. Date of sale in doubt but probably 1617 or 1618. Lord Burley acquired property in Clogher before he died on 15 Mar 1619. WEALTH: Probably less well off than most chief undertakers. ASSESSED: 1615 for L80, as opposed to L100 for Sir James Hamilton, Sir Hugh Montgomery and the earl of Abercorn. Left free estate in Scotland (excluding land) of L60 sterling, (Pynner Report): Castle built and town of some forty houses; eighty-two armed men could be raised.(1622 report): houses in the town inhabited by Britons. Irish inhabited land outside town. The landlord spent most of his time in Scotland.(appendix B, pg 324)
II:DOUGLAS, Sir James of Spott: Clancarney, 2,000 actes, Fews barony, Armaugh. Natural son of fourth earl of Morton, Scottish regent 1572 to 1578. Fron Haddington, MArried only daughter of Sir George Home, fiar of Spott. Received numerous gifts from King. 1610 described as gentleman of the privy chamber. Not in Ireland 1610. (Carew Reort) initially only an agent present, but commissioners had left, fifteen families of workmen and artificers brought from Scottland. Aug 1611 Douglas expected on his Irish estate. By 2 MAy 1611 conveyed proportion to HENRY ATCHESON. Douglas remained in Ulster. 1612 among planters who complained of robberies by Irish HAd died by end of Jul 1614 (Bodley’s Report). Henry Acheson’s and Douglas’s proportions combined contatined forty-seven British families (Pynar’s Report). Douglas’s proportion in the hands of Sir Archibald Acheson, Henry’s brother. Stone bawn built and strong house begun. Twenty-nine families in town of Clancarney. These, along with the rest of Sir Archibalds tenants, could make 173 men at arms. 1622 report: Sir Archibald’s estates contatined 130 British families

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