Speer of east Tyrone, and Hamilton of Newry & Calcutta

These news transcripts pertain to the Speer family of east Tyrone and Hamilton of Newry & Calcutta.

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This is to give notice, that the following lands, part of the estate of Charles Hamilton, Esq; in the county of Antrim and Barony of Toome, are to be set to protestant tenants, from the first day of May next, for such terms as shall be agreed on, viz. Ballyconnelly, Craignageiragh, Limnahery, Ballybeg, Carnary, Ballynafey, Ballynacreagy, Killifad, and Staffordstown. Proposals to be received by said Charles Hamilton in Jervais-street, Dublin, or by Mr. Robert Crawford at Castle Dawson, near Magherafelt. All letters that come free will be answer’d, but no second proposal will be received from the same person.
  Note, said lands are very good arable and pasture, and are situated near several good linen markets: There are considerable beds of marl in part of them; as also the advantage of water carriage, part of said lands being bounded by Lough Neagh.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 3 February 1758 (pg. 4). “This is to give notice,” leases to be set, including Killyfad townland; Robert Crawford of Castledawson, agent. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-30).

To let from November next, a farm of 60 acres of land now in the possession of John Wardon and others, in the town[l]and of Killeyfed and county of Antrim, near Randalstown, for lives or years as may be agreed on. Proposals to be recei[v]ed by me Robert Speer of Drumbannay [sic] in the county of Tyrone, or Robert Crawford of Castle Dawson in the county of Derry.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 9 July 1762 (pg. 3). “To let from November next,” Killyfad, county Antrim; Robert Speer of Drumbanaway, county Tyrone, and Robert Crawford of Castledawson, county Londonderry, agents. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-30).

To be Set from the first Day of November next, the Dwelling House, with the Office-houses thereunto belonging, now occupied by James Hamilton, Merchant, being an excellent Situation for a publick House or Merchant, as it fronts both the Road leading to Armagh and Loughbrickland, and is a Corner House, may be divided so as to accommodate two Families. For further Particulars enquire of said James Hamilton, who will inform them, and shew the Premisses. N.B. This Advertisement to be continued five Times, and no longer. Newry, 23d Sept. 1764.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 28 September 1764 (pg. 2). “To be Set,” a dwelling-house in Newry per James Hamilton, merchant. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-12-02).

To be Sold at first Cost, by the Executors of the late Mr. James Hamilton of Newry; all his Stock in Trade, consisting of great Variety of Goods in the Woollen Drapery Way, all lately laid in on the best Terms: Likewise all the Houshold [sic] Furniture, the Particulars too tedious to mention: Also to be set from the first day of November next, or the Interest of a Lease of eleven Years to be sold, of the late Dwelling House of said Hamilton, being a roomy convenient House, and sufficient Offices, and one of the best Standings in the Town for any sort of Business. The Creditors of said Hamilton are desired to furnish the Executors with their respective Demands and the Nature of them, that the speediest Method may be taken to have them paid; also those that were indebted to said Hamilton at his Death, either by Bond, Note, or otherwise, are requested immediately to pay their respective Ballances [sic], otherwise the Executors will be under the disagreeable Necessity of recovering it by Law.  Newry, October 1st, 1757.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 6 October 1767 (pg. 1). “To be Sold at first Cost,...” the mercantile estate of the late James Hamilton of Newry, woollen draper. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-23).

To be set on the first Day of November next, for a Term of eighteen Years, (provided that the Lives in the late James Hamilton’s Lease of said Premisses so long shall live) All that the Dwelling House, Office-houses, Orchard, Garden, and Lands of Mullavilly in the County of Armagh, late in Possession of the Rev. Mr. Singleton, deceased, computed to contain seventy-five Acres of thereabouts; situate within one Mile of Tandragee, two of Portadown, four of Rich-hill, and eight of Armagh, all good Market-Towns. Application for the same to be made to William Hamilton, or William Hamilton of Newry, Merchants, or Mr. Robert Hamilton, at Scarva near Tandragee, the Executors of said James Hamilton.
  N.B. That there is to be sold for ready Money, by publick Cant, on Monday the 13th of June next, by the Executors of said James Hamilton, at Mr. William Hamilton’s in the Low Ground, Newry, all the Remainder of the Stock in Trade belonging to said James Hamilton, consisting of English and Irish Broad and Forest Cloths, Poplins, Crapes, strip’d Sattins, with Variety of gilt and Mohair Buttons, and other Articles in the Woollen Drapery Way too numerous to mention. The Sale to begin each Day at Ten o’Clock, and continue ‘till all are sold.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 31 May 1768 (pg. 1). “To be set on the first Day of November next,...” the late James Hamilton’s lease in Mullavilly, county Armagh. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-23).

To be Sold by Auction, in the Town of Stewartstown, on Friday, the 7th of October next, the Interest of a Lease and Farm, Part of the Lands of Leck, situate at the Church of Ballyclog, and near the great Road leading from Stewartstown to Moneymore and Coagh, in the Heart of a fine Country. The Farm consists of 32 Scotch Acres, a most delightful Situation, a Lease with perpetual Covenants of Renewal, subject to the yearly Rent of 9l. [£9] and a Fine of 9l. [£9] every seven Years, Abundance of fine Water, a River almost surrounds the Farm, no better Land in Tyrone, Plenty of good Meadow and Moss near at Hand, extreamly capable of Improvement, and to carry on bleaching Linens: In short, this Farm for the Goodness of its Quality cannot be exceeded, is fit to accommodate a Gentleman, Linen Draper, or Fa[rm]er, distant little more than a Mile from Stewartstown, three from Coagh, three from Cookstown, four from Moneymore, and six from Dungannon. Adjoining said Farm is a Corn-Mill, with a Farm of eight Acres of Land, subject to the yearly Rent of 8l. [£8] a short Lease of which will also be sold. The Leases of the Premisses to be seen in the Hands of Mr. William Speer at Irey near Stewartstown, who will shew the Premisses, and the Purchaser will be fully satisfied as to the Title.
  Dated 14th September, 1768.
Note: 180l. [£180] of the Purchase Money to be paid at the Time of Sale, and six Months Credit will be given for the Remainder, giving Security and paying Interest.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 20 September 1768 (pg. 1). “To be Sold by Auction,...” leasehold in Leck townland, parish of Ballyclog, by William Speer of Irey. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-03).

To be let, from the first Day of November next, for fourteen Years, or such Term as may be agreed on, the Towns and Lands of Cratley, Sorn, Lislea, and Leck, together with the Corn-Mill thereto belonging (except two Farms formerly demised to John and William Speer) which Lands are finely situate for Trade, have good Farm-houses, with Abundance of Turbary and Water, with Meadow and every Accommodation necessary. These Lands are remarkably fertile, and as good for Tillage as any in the Country, have a fine River running through them, and are situate within one Mile of Stewartstown, two from Cookstown, three from Coagh, four from Moneymore, and six from Dungannon, all good Market Towns, and where the Linen Trade flourishes. Proposals to be received by Mr. Solomon Speer at Stewartstown until the first Day of September next, or by Mr. James Ledlie at Coagh, or Mr. John Clements at Stewartstown aforesaid. Dated 12th of August, 1769.
  Note: No Preference will be given, or second Proposal from any received.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 18 September 1769 (pg. 2). “To be let,...” leases in the parishes of Ballyclog and Donaghenry, county Tyrone; Solomon Speer of Stewartstown and James Ledlie of Coagh, agents. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-07-27).

A CAUTION.
  The several Tenants to the Towns and Lands of Sorne, Lisltreagh, Leck, and Clottery, late the Property of Solomon Speer, Gent. deceased[,] are hereby cuationed against paying their Rents due out of said Lands on the first Day of May instant, unto Ann Crawford, otherwise Speer, otherwise Ledlie, Mother to said Solomon Speer, or to any Person she shall appoint to receive the same: as they shall severally answer the contrary at their Perils; as Solomon Hamilton Speer, Devisee under the Will of Robert Speer, Esq the Father of said Solomon Speer, is now intitled to the same, and is preparing his Bill in Equity to establish his Right and Title thereto. Dated this 19th Day of May, 1770.
  SOLOMON HAMILTON SPEER.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 22 May 1770 (pg. 3). “A Caution. The several Tenants…;” claim to the rents out of four townlands in county Tyrone by Solomon Hamilton-Speer; citing Solomon Speer, deceased, the son of the late Robert Speer. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

To be peremptorily sold by publick Cant, by the Sheriff of the County of Tyrone, by Virtue of several Executions, at the Dwelling house of William W[a]lton[,] Innholder at Stewartstown in said County, on Wednesday the 29th Day of August instant, between the Hours of two and three o’Clock in the Afternoon; All the Right, Title, and Interest of Robert Speer of Drumbanaway, in the Parish of Ballyclog and County of Tyrone of, in, and to a Lease made to him the said Robert Speer and Martha Speer, by the late Archbishop of Armagh, of all those four Townlands in the Precinct of Ballyclog in said County, commonly called or known by the Name of Mullagh-messoge, alias Mullagh-messagh[,] Ardagh alias Cross-ardagh, Aghameen, alias Aghimeen, Carkirie, alias Curkirie, for a Term of 21 Years, from the first of August, 1762, at the yearly Rent of 15l. [£15] Sterl. Dated the 15th Day of August, 1770.
  JAMES CAULFEILD, Sheriff.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 20 August 1770 (pg. 2). “To be peremptorily sold by publick Cant, by the Sheriff…” of four townlands in the parish of Ballyclog, county Tyrone; citing Robert Speer and Martha Speer of Drumbanaway. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

Whereas Robert Speer of Drumbanaway, in the County of Tyrone, hath proposed and is in Treaty for selling Part of the Lands of Gartigarn, with the Bleach-mill and Improvements thereon, near Pomeroy in said County: Now, in order to support my Right, and to prevent any who propose to purchase the same from being deceived, I William Speer of Irey in said County, do give this publick Notice, that the said Lands of Gortigarn were demised by the Revd. James L[o]w[r]y to the said Robert Speer and me, for a Term of Years and three Lives, and that I have a joint and equal Right with the said Robert Speer to the said Lands, &c. and that I have a Demand of 99l. [£99] 14s. 4d. Sterl. expended by me in erecting the said Mill, and making Improvements, exclusive of my Right to a Moiety, and as joint Tenant thereto, which I will insist on and assert. Dated this 15th of April, 1771.  WILLIAM SPEER.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 19 April 1771 (pg. 3). “Whereas Robert Speer of Drumbanaway,…” protest by William Speer of Irey re: sale of part of lands of Gortnagarn near Pomeroy. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

Whereas an Advertisement appeared in the Belfast News Paper of the 19th Instant, signed William Speer, laying a Claim unto the one Half of Gortigarn, held by Leases under the Revd. James Lowry, for three young Lives, all in being.
  Now, in order the Publick should not be deceived by such an ill-natured Advertisement, I the under-named Robert Speer can make out a clear Title unto any Person who inclines to either take or purchase the above named Gortigarn, whereon is erected a good Bleach-house, with Sufficiency of Utensils and Water to bleach 3000 Pieces of Linen in the Season, and as pure Spring Water as any in the North, and upwards of 90 Acres of good Land, Plantation Measure, at the yearly Rent of 20l. [£20] Sterling; and I can make it appear the above-named William Speer is indebted unto me upwards of 200l. [£200], over and above the Sum I paid him for his one Half of the above Lease; so that any who want such a Convenience, may apply unto me at Drumbonaway, near Dungannon. It lies in the Heart of a fine Linen Country, and within four Miles of Dungannon, five of Stewartstown, six of Moneymore, and six of Cookstown, all good Market Towns. Dated this 24th April, 1771.   ROBERT SPEER.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 10 May 1771 (pg. 1). “Whereas an Advertisement…signed by William Speer, laying a Claim…” reply by Robert Speer of Drumbanaway to William Speer’s claim published  19th April 1771. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

Abstract: On the 19th March, the house of Mr Gabriel Cornwall, Stewartstown, was robbed, and valuable pieces of furniture, trinkets, coins, cash, and surgical instruments stolen. Mr Cornwall promised a reward to whomever would discover and prosecute the person(s) responsible to conviction. Robert Speer was one of nineteen men who had subscribed to raising the reward.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 24 March 1772 (pg. 2). List of subscribers to a reward for the capture and conviction of robber of the house of Gabriel Cornwall, Stewartstown. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

To be let from November next, for such Time as shall be agreed upon, a Farm of Land in Eary near Stewarthall, held by Lease under Andrew Thomas Stewart Moore, Esq; and possessed formerly by William Spear, containing twenty-seven Plantation Acres. The Land is so well known for its Fertility as renders it unnecessary to give any further Account of it: There is Limestone in said Land in Plenty, and Limestone Gravel; there are Houses sufficient to accommodate a Tenant, an Orchard in full Growth, and remarkable for fine Springs of Water, situated within two Miles of Stewartstown, and in a Country where the Linen Manufacture is carried on extensively. Application to be made to James Mc. Gee, Surgeon, Moy.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 28 April 1772 (pg. 3). “To be let from November next,…” farm of land in Eary townland, near Stewartstown, formerly held by William Spear. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-07-27).

COUNTY TYRONE.
  DRUMBANAWAY, and three other small Towns adjoining, to the Amount of near 200 Acres, Cunningham Measure, to be let and entered upon at November next, either the whole or in separate Farms, from ten to forty Acres, for such Term as may be agreed upon: The Lands are situated in the Heart of a fine Country, little more than a Mile from Stewartstown, on each Side of the great Road leading to Moneymore, well provided with Water in the driest Season, and Plenty of Firing very convenient. Application to be made to Matthew Fairservice dwelling on the Lands, who will give further Information to any Persons inclined to treat for the same. Dated at Drumbanaway, this 21st May, 1772.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 2 June 1772 (pg. 3). “County Tyrone. Drumbanaway, and three other small Towns adjoining,…” lease available. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

COUNTY TYRONE.
   To be sold, the Title and Interest of a Lease of about 100 Acres, Plantation Measure, including 10 Acres of Turf-bog, held under his Grace the Lord Archbishop of Armagh: The Lands are situated in a fine Part of the Country on each Side of the Great Road leading from Stewartstown to Moneymore. The Soil is remarkably fertile either in Pasture or Tillage, and no Lease hath been granted of any Part of them. Proposals will be received by Mr. Robert Speer of Drumbanaway, or the Revd. Hugh Young of Castle-Derg until the first of November next, if no satisfactory Proposal be made before that Time: It is intended the Lands shall then be sold by public Auction to raise Money for the Payment of Debts. Dated at Drumbanaway, 26th June, 1772. This Advertisement to be continued one Month.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 30 June 1772 (pg. 3). “County Tyrone. To be sold,…” leasehold in 100 acres (plantation measure); proposals to Robert Speer of Drumbanaway or the Rev. Hugh Young of Castlederg. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

Whereas I have heard from undoubted Authority, that Widow and Hans Adger, of Killeyfad and County of Antrim, has produced and offered to dispose of a forged Piece of Writing, pretending it a real Article of their Farm, which they hold under me in said Place. Now I resolve, on Account of said wicked Action, to receive Proposals and set their said Farm immediately, as the said Adgers shall never hold an Acre under me after the November next: And I offer a Reward of five Guineas to any who will in six Months from the Date hereof, make a proper Discovery, and prosecute to Conviction those guilty of said Forgery. Given under my Hand at Drumbanaway, in the County of Tyrone, this 12th Day of Oct. 1772.   MATTHEW SPEER.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 17 November 1772 (pg. 2). “Whereas I have hard from undoubted Authority,…” published by Matthew Speer of Drumbanaway re: forged document, leasehold in Killyfad, county Antrim. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

Robert Fairservice, and Elizabeth his Wife, Plaintiffs. Robert Speer and Martha Speer, Defendants. To be sold by the Sheriff of the County of Tyrone, on Thurday the 20th Day of January Instant, at the House of James Tracy of Dungannon in said County, at 12 o’Clock Noon, by Virtue of a Writ of Fieri Facias against the Defendants at the Suit of others, and against the Defendant Robert’s severa[l] Inte[r]est in and to the several Towns and Lands of Drumbanaway, Mullaghmossagh, Grossardagh [sic] and Carkley, all situate in the Parish of Ballyclog near Stewartstown held by the Defendants by Lease under the See of Armagh, Dated this 3d Day of Jan. 1774.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 4 January 1774 (pg. 2). “Robert Fairservice, and Elizabeth his Wife, Plaintiffs. Robert Speer and Martha Speer, Defendants.” Sheriff’s sale of four townlands in the parish of Ballyclog. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, & transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

Robert Fairservice, and his Wife, Plaintiffs. Martha and Robert Speer, Defendants. To be sold by the Sheriff of the County Tyrone, by Virtue of a Writ of Fieri Facias, at the Suit of the Plaintiffs against the Defendants, and by Virtue of several Writs of Fieri Facias, at the Suit of others against the Defendant Robert, all the Defendant’s Right and Title to the Lands of Drumbanaway, Mullaghmossagh, Crossardagh and Carkery, being a Lease under the See of Armagh. The above Sale to have been by Adjournment on the 9th of March, is farther adjourned until the 27th of April, 1774, at the House of Mr. William Wilson in Stewartstown. The Lands in Question contain about 200 Acres, including 20 Acres of Moss, scarce excelled by any Lands in the County where they lie either for Pasture or Tillage; none more compare or better supplied with every Conveniency. The Purchaser, if he chuses, may have Credit for at least 1000l. [£1000] of the Purchase-money for a Year or longer Time if his Security be approved of.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 11 February 1774 (pg. 3). “Robert Fairservice, and Elizabeth his Wife, Plaintiffs. Robert Speer and Martha Speer, Defendants.” Sheriff’s sale of four townlands in the parish of Ballyclog. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, & transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

COUNTY of TYRONE.
  To be let, for such Term of Years as may be agreed on, and entered upon immediately, several Farms of excellent Lands, subdivided and containing from eight to thirty Acres, well enclosed, Abundance of Meadow, with Turbary, and a River runs through the Lands, now in Possession of Thomas Speer, Hugh Mc. Kabe, James and John Sloan, Andrew Mc. Causland, John Allen, together with sundry Holdings untenanted and also the Corn-mill of Lack, with the Miller’s Holding of upwards of eight Acres, being Parts of the Lands of Sorne, Leslea, Lacke, and Cratley, all situated near Ballyclog Church, within two Miles of Stewartstown, two from Cookstown, three from Coagh, and about four from Moneymore, all Market Towns: Also to be let, from the fi[r]st of May next, the House, Tenement, and Shop now possessed by William Boyle, situated in the Market-place of the Town of Stewartstown, a good Standing for a Merchant or any in publick Business; good Encouragement will be given. Application to be made to Mr. Geo. Ledlie of Bellgoney, near Moneymore, who will receive Proposals and shew the Premisses.
  N.B. Mr. Ledlie will give a Reward of two Guineas to any who will discover and prosecute to Conviction, the Person or Persons who destroyed and cut down some Timber Trees and young Growth lately on the above Lands. Dated the 6th Day of Feb. 1775.
  To be continued six Times.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 10 February 1775 (pg. 3). “County of Tyrone. To be let,…” Soarn, Lislea, Leck, and Cratley townlands, county Tyrone, citing Thomas Speer one of the tenants. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

Archibald Hamilton and James Speer, Esqrs. Against Agness Speer. This is to give Notice, that on the 12th Day of April next, at Stewartstown, will be sold by publick Cant, a Chattel Lease of Part of Sorn, late the Property of John Speer, deceased, by Virtue of an Execution, directed to the Sheriff of Tyrone. Given under my Hand, this 6th Day of March, 1775.
  Alexander Mc. Causland, Sheriff.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 10 March 1775 (pg. 2). “Archibald Hamilton and James Speer, Esqrs. Against Agness Speer.…” Notice of sale by publick Cant of part of Soarn townland. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

In the County of Tyrone.
  To be Set, from the first Day of November next, on such Terms as can be agreed on, twenty-seven Acres of choice arable Land, in the Townland of Eary, all well enclosed and divided into Parks, with an Orchard in full Bearing, and good Houses thereon, contiguous to several principal Market Towns, being within two Miles of Stewartstown, four of Moneymore, five of Dungannon, and eight of Moy. Any Person inclined to treat for the above, may apply to Mr. Robert Boyd of Moy, or to Mr. Robert Speer, who lives on the Land, and will shew the same. The Tenant will be declared the first of October next.   Moy, 19th August, 1775.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 18-21 August 1775 (pg. 3). “In the County of Tyrone. To be Set,…” advert for lease in a farm in Eary townland, parish of Ballyclog; citing Robert Speer, agent. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

WHEREAS on the Night of the fifteenth Inst. a Dwelling-house in the Townland of Leslea near Stewartstown, County of Tyrone, late in the Possession of Andrew Mc. Causland, the Property of Robert Crawford of the City of London, was set on Fire by some evil-disposed Person or Persons, which consumed the same. NOW we the under-named, having an Abhorrence of such daring and illegal Practices, and that the Perpetrators thereof may be brought to condign Punishment, do promise to pay the several Sums annexed to our Names, to the Person or Persons who shall, within the Space of six Months from the Date hereof, inform against and prosecute to Conviction, any or all of the Persons concerned in the above atrocious Crime. If any Person or Persons concerned shall discover on his or their Accomplice or Accomplices, Interest shall be used to obtain his Majesty’s Pardon for them, and they shall be entitled to the said Reward. Given under our Hands, this 23d Day of August, 1776.

[Format: Name, £ s. d.]
W. Stewart, 5  13  9; D. Richardson, 2  5  6; Thos. Lawson, 3  8  3; James Ledlie, 3  8  3; John Willliams, 2  5  6; John Maconchy, 2  5  6 Francis Henry, 2  5  6; James Starrat, 1  2  9; John Cornwall, 1  2  9; Wm. Vance, 1  2  9 Andrew Newton, 1  2  9; Matthew George, 1  2  9; Robert Patteson, 1  2  9; Rob't Robinson, 1  2  9; Rev. John Mc. Clelland, 1  2  9; Michael Dunbar, [same amount as above, unless otherwise indicated], Andrew Taylor, James Dunbar, Samuel Laird, James Eken, W. Cunyngham, A. Matthews, Alex. Lawson, Samuel Gordon, Joseph Patterson, David Sloan, Robt. Brown, Rev. Joseph Ker, David Woods, Andrew Woods; Geo. Ledlie, 11  7  6

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 3 September 1776 (pg. 1). “Whereas on the Night of the fifteenth Inst.,…” list of subscribers to reward for conviction of person(s) who set house in Lislea, parish of Donaghenry on fire, the property of Robert Crawford of London. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-09).

To be set from November, during the incumbency of the Revd. James Lowry, the houses and lands in Drumbanaway, near Stewartstown, now occupied by Mr. Robert Speer and his under-tenants; a fine situation and excellent land. Proposals to be given to the Revd. Geo. Harris near Tynan, or Mr. Robert Robertson, Stewartstown.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 12 October 1781 (pg. 3). “To be set from November,…” lease in Drumbanaway, near Stewartstown; Robert Speer and his tenants, occupiers. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

Cattle Robberies.
  WHEREAS several Robberies have been lately committed in the neighbourhood of Stewartstown by some person or persons, who feloniously took and stole off the lands of Killoon, two Cows the property of Mrs. Heaty, one Cow the property of Mrs. Henry, one Cow the property of John Junk of Ballyveeny, three Sheep from Oliver Junk, two Heifers from John Wilson of Corglasson, which were taken out of his Cow-house, and one from Mrs. Mc. Master, with several others in said neighbourhood.
  NOW we whose names are hereunto subscribed, do promise to pay the sums annexed to our respective ames to any person or persons who will within twelve months from the date hereof, inform of and prosecute to conviction any one concerned in said Robberies. And if any person will inform and convict their accomplice or accomplices, he or they shall not only be entitled to the promised reward, but interest shall be made to procure his or their pardon. Given under our hands this 11th day of March, 1784.

[Format: Name, £ s. d.; amounts only shown if other than £1 2s. 9d.] —— James Caulfield, 3  8  3; Humphry Bell, 2  5  6; Edw. Lill, 2  5  6; John Maxwell, 3  8  3; Mary Henry, 2  5  6; John Junk, Oliver Junk; John Wilson, 2  5  6; Jane Mc. Master, Robt. Leckee, Sam. Park, John Moore, Samuel Park, junr.; Sam. Mc. Randles, 1  14  1h, Robt. Read, Robt. Robinson, Hugh Roney, Alex. Davidson, James Campbell, Wm. Wier, Robt. Robinson, Thos. Speer, David Mc. Neely, James Mc. Cord, Oliver Mc. Master, Thos. Harris, Henry Watson, Thos. Junk, Pat. Mc. Conell, 2  5  6, John Henry, 1  14 1h
[Total: £45 10s. d.]

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 16 March 1784 (pg. 3). “Cattle Robberies. Whereas several robberies have been lately committed in the neighbourhood of Stewartstown,…” list of subscribers to reward for conviction of person(s) responsible (included name of Thos. Speer). Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-09).

At his house near Stewartstown, on Saturday the 15th inst. Mr. Alexander Speer, Attorney. He was a sincere and unaffected christian; a dutiful son, a most affectionate brother, a steady friend, an obliging neighbour, a pleasing sociable companion; of an affable, humane, and beneficent disposition; and discharged the duties of his profession with strict and unsullied integrity. An intimate acquaintance with this amiable character of near twenty years standing, justifies the writer of this short eulogium, in asserting that his death is a senisble loss to the community at large, and to a numerous circle of friends in a most particular degree.

SourceBelfast News-Letter, 21 February 1794 (pg. 3). Death notice for Alexander Speer, Attorney, at Stewartstown. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

LOCAL LAW CASE.—IN THE MATTER OF PONTINE HALL HAMILTON.——The hearing of this petition came on before the Lord Justices on the 20th instant. Mr. Martin, instructed by Messrs. Waltons, Bubb, and Walton, of Great Winchester-street, London, appeared for the petitioner, Mr. Henry Beck, of Needham Market, and Mr. Macnaghten, instructed by Mr. H.J. Damant, of Cowes, for the respondent, Mrs. Pontine Hall Hamilton, of West Cowes. It was a petition to obtain a writ de lunatico inquiriendo, in order that an inquiry might be held as to the present state of mind of Mrs. Hamilton. The petition had already been twice previously before their lordships, and it had been adjourned to this day, in order that the medical visitor of the court might report further on Mrs. Hamilton’s state of mind. Since the last hearing of the case numerous affidavits had been filed on both sides, notably one by Dr. Maudsley, a physician of great experience, and whose opinion is of the greatest weight in cases of this description, on behalf of Mrs. Hamilton, in which he expressed himself satisfied that there was no ground for imputing lunacy to that lady, and that excepting a slight loss of memory, which arose from age, considered her a remarkably intelligent person. The visitor of the court[,] Dr. Robertson, in his report, stated, as his opinion, that Mrs. Hamilton’s mind was quite as sound as could be expected in a person of her advanced years, and that he did not consider she was a proper subject for an inquirty, and that it would be a cruel hardship to inflict one. Under these circumstances Mr. Martin expressed himelf unable to proceed with the case, with any hope of success, and the petition was at once dismissed.

SourceHampshire Advertiser, 27 April 1872 (pg. 8). “Local Law Case.——In the Matter of Pontine Hall Hamilton." Digital image online at The British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-28).

NEXT OF KIN.——The following notice has been taken from the Times of a late date:——“Sylvius Law, alias James Sylvius Law (if living) or his representatives (if dead) are requested to communicate with Messrs. D.L. Cowle [Cowie?] and Co., Merchants, Calcutta, or Messrs. Roberts, Morgan, and Co., Solicitors, Calcutta. The said Sylvius Law was a grandson of Solomon Hamilton, Barrister-at-Law and a Judge of the late Supreme Court at Calcutta, (who died in the year 1820), and under whose will he is interested. His mother, Mrs. Eliza Law, in the year 1823, was residing at Armagh, in Ireland, and there married Mr. David Dunlop, and then went to New South Wales, where she died in June, 1880, at the age of 84 years, leaving children and grandchildren. He was last heard of about 40 years ago when practising as a solicitor in Dublin. If one or before the 1st October, 1882, no communication is received from or on behalf of the said Sylvius Law or his representatives an application will be made in the action pending in the High Court, Calcutta, for the administration of the estate of the said Solomon Hamilton, for the distribution of the share of the said Sylvius Law.” (Mr. David Dunlop was a bookseller and resident for many years in the Diamond, Coleraine.)

SourceNorthern Constitution, 12 August 1882 (pg. 5). “Next of Kin;” in search of James Sylvius Law, grandson of Solomon Hamilton (d.1820), barrister, and son of Mrs Eliza Law who married David Dunlop of Coleraine. Digital image online at The British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-25).

As we look around
By the Chiel

… 
Mullavilly, I am told, has a double association with Australia. At Tallong, New South Wales, and also at Wollombi, near Sydney, there are fine stone-built century-old houses both called Mulla Villa after the original Mulla Villa in Mullavilly Parish.

The latter house was built by David Dunlop, who, with his wife, went from Northern Ireland to New South Wales in 1836 and was appointed Magistrate of the Wollombi district, north of Sydney.

The Dunlop family came to Ulster from Ayrshire at the Plantation and, in 1616, Andrew, son of the Rev. David Dunlop, was given Upper and Lower Priestland, near Bushmills, County Antrim, as a grant. This remained in the family until the end of last century. In the Rebellion the then owner, Captain William Dunlop, was “caught out on the wrong side” and paid for it with his life.

David, who built Mulla Villa in New South Wales, was the son of Captain William Dunlop, who in 1823 married in County Armagh a 27-year-old widow, Eliza Law (nee Hamilton). She was the daughter of the Hon. Solomon Hamilton, Chief Justice at Calcutta in the early 1800s and apparently related to the family of the Duke of Abercorn.

Mrs. Dunlop is believed to have lived at Mulla Villa, County Armagh, either as Eliza Law or Eliza Hamilton, or possibly she was married there. What is the connection?

In 1953 a grandson of David and Eliza Dunlop, Walter R. Dunlop, when he settled at Tallong, found on the property a solid old hand-cut stone house, which he promptly named Mulla Villa. Thus the second house of the name.

Another interesting fact emerges. The Fane estate in County Armagh was owned by the Count of Salis and in the first half of the 19th century a Count Leopold Fane de Salis, whose grandson married a great-grand-daughter of David and Eliza Dunlop, arrived in Australia.

SourcePortadown Times, 11 November 1955 (pg 3). “As we look around,…” retrospective of Mullavilly, county Armagh, and the Wollombi, New South Wales connection via David Dunlop and Eliza Hamilton Dunlop. Digital image online at the British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-27).

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