16 Oct 1626, John Donaldson of Glenarm, co. Antrim, N. Ireland, was granted a lease of Oynaloghaigh and Ballytober and the tenements in Larne and Glenarm, by Lord Randal (Macdonnell ?), first Earl of Antrim.
In 1633, John Donaldson was High Sheriff of co. Antrim (when was Houston sheriff of co. Antrim ?).
That same year Lord Randal granted another lease of the townlands of Parisha, Straidkilly, Moyglinne (Magluffe or Bay), Ballybraggy and Blarbane.
On the 31st October, 1634, John Donaldson died. He was succeeded by his son, John Donaldson bc. 1614 who lived in Glenarm where his residence was listed in 1669 as having five hearths, the highest number for any house in town. This may have been the “Donaldson Castle” which “stood at the head of the Main Street”. Should this be so, it suggests that the Donaldsons lived for a time in a renovated part of the old Macdonnell Castle destroyed in 1597 which stood at the junction of the present Castle and Toberwine Streets, i.e. on the site of the Court House.
In 1665, John Donaldson like his father, also became High Sheriff. (was he father of Major John Donaldson who was cousin of William Houston in New Castle, Delaware early 1700s ?).
In 1688, he was one of those twenty-three leading men in the county who signed the manifesto forming the County Association for the mutual protection and defence of Protestant interests, and assisted in the defence of Derry (with Houston ?).
The residence of JAMES Donaldson, was recorded in 1669 as having four hearths, the same number as had the castle at Glenarm. It was almost certainly the house described by Richard Dobbs in 1683 (North Carolina ?) as being “a pretty slate house (standing) to the middle of the Bay” (of Carnlough, co. Antrim, N. Ireland).
Houston Mill located in Broughshane (Broughdone, Cullybackie, Galgorm), Craigs Parish (see attached townland guide) co. Antrim, N. Ireland, was a flax mill and has been restored as a community center in Broughshane.
Adair files, PRONI - 18 April 1656
WILLIAM & ARCHIBALD Adair (sons of Sir Robert Adair I)
Bond to abide by award of arbitration to be made by
Richard Bickerstaffe and John Donaldson
between William and ARCHIBALD Adair,
and William Huston ( Houston) , Collybackie (Cullybackey)
(m. Marian Adair).
There may have been a brother, Alexander Houston, whose address was shown as Galgorm or Gilgorm at one stage
and he may have gone back to Drumaston, Wigtownshire, Scot ?