re: Adair's Dunskey Castle, Wigtownshire, Scotland.
Adair, Montgomery, Munro and Rutherford.
In 1620 William Adair sold Dunskey to Hugh Montgomery :
Registrum Magni Sigilli Regum Scotorum (RMS)
Register of the GREAT Seal of Scotland, Vol. VII
pp. 772,773. #2127 (xlix. 411.) 8 February 1620.
D. HUGONI MONTGOMERIE de Newtoun militi (Newtown-ards)
uni concilii regni Hybernie (Ireland),
et Domine ELIZABETHE SCHAW ejus sponse, -
10 lib. terrarum antiqui extentus de PORTRY (Portrie / Portree), viz,
3 mercatas de MAROK (Marroch)
with CASTRO / Castrum de DONESKEY / Downeskey
( Castle of Dunskey) etc.....
and the molendinariis (mill) at PORTRY / Portree
3 merk land of Downebin (Arch. Adair's c.1618)
3 merk land of Enoch,
2 merkland of Meikill Pigmannoch (Pat. Adair's ?)
1 merk land of Little Pigmanoche
3 merk land of Cragoch
in Parish of Inch
which William Adair of Kinhilt resigned.
Colonel Hugh Montgomery, Second Viscount,
Montgomery of Ards (d. 1642)
m. Jean Alexander (dc.1670)
eld. dau. of William Alexander, Lord Stirling,
Earl of Stirling, Secretary of State for Scotland.
After Col. Hugh Montgomery dc.1642
Jean remarried General Robert Munro
(who went to England in 1646 with Robert Adair / Adare
when they thought they would lose their lands)
and he acquired lands (in Ireland ?) through his wife.
In 1646 Robert Adair, son of above William, made his will
prior to going to England.
"Letters of Samuel Rutherford" p.321
p.321. R. Blair, Rutherford's intimate friend, m.1635 Catherine Montgomery, dau of Hugh Montgomery, Laird of Busbie.
p.37. Rev. Samuel Rutherford m. 1640 his 2nd wife, Jean M'Math and had a surving daughter, Agnes. Jean was the widow of Hugh Montgomery. (Rev. Samuel Rutherford resided for a time at Dunskey Castle).
Was this Hugh Montgomery the third Viscount ?
c.1642 (?) the civil war in England was creating confusion among parties in Ireland. King Charles I (reigned AD1625-1649) was anxious to come to terms with the rebels, and to enlist them on his own behalf against the (Cromwell's) parliament.
On 15 Sep 1643, the duke of Ormonde, king Charles's Lieut-Gen. in Ireland, acting on the king's orders, signed a cessation of hostilities with the rebels and despatched aid to the king in England.
Gen. Robert Munro in Ulster, Ireland (who m. after 1642 the widow of Hugh Montgomery of Dunskey and of Ards, Ireland). holding his commission from the Scottish parliament, did not recognize the armistice, and his troops accepted the solemn league and covenant, in which they were joined by many English (and Scot-Irish ?) soldiers who left Ormonde to join him.
In April 1644 the English parliament entrusted Munro with the command of all the forces in Ulster, both English and Scots. He thereupon seized Belfast.
On 5 June 1646 the battle of Benburb was fought on the Blackwater, where O'Neill routed Munro, but suffered him to withdraw in safety to Carrickfergus. (Was Robert Adair in this battle ?)
In 1647 Ormonde was compelled to come to terms with the English parliament, who sent commissioners to Dublin in June of that year.
The Scots under Munro refused to surrender Carrickfergus and Belfast when ordered by the parliament to return to Scotland, and Munro was superseded by the appointment of Monk to the chief command in Ireland.
In Sep 1648 Carrickfergus was delivered over to Monk by treachery, and Munro was taken prisoner. He was committed to the Tower of London, where he remained a prisoner for 5 years.
In 1654 he was permitted by Cromwell to reside in Ireland, where he had estates in right of his wife, who was the widow of Viscount Montgomery of Ardes (so it was not this Montgomery widow who m. Rev. Samuel Rutherford and lived in Dunskey castle).
Munro continued to live quietly near Comber, Co. Down, for many years (on the lands he had from his marriage to the widow of Hugh Montgomery ), and probably died there about 1680. He was in part the original of Dugald Dalgetty in Sir Walter Scott's Legend of Montrose.