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Subject: A Robinson Family History Ballymoney, Ireland
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004 16:51:19 +0000
These are the first two chapters of eight.
Robinson Family History by Robert Stirling completed about 1905.
Most items in parenthesis and most dates I have added to try and clarify a
sometimes rambling and confusing narrative.
Surnames: Robinson, MCDONNELL, MCPEAK, BATESON, GALLAND, MCINTOSH, TAYLOR,
Courtney, MOORE, MCLESTER, Warnock, Neill, Tweed, Henry,McLaughlin, Adams
At the accession of James I the condition of the Province of Ulster was
deplorable. It had so long been a scene of perpetual rebellions and feuds the
country laid almost a waste covered with dense woods and swamps. The number of
inhabitants had greatly been reduced by war and disease and those that remain
were sunk in abject poverty. This induced the King to carry out what is known as
the Plantation of Ulster by planting on the forfeited lands of the rebellious
chiefs, settlers from England and Scotland. The greater part of the North
Eastern District was occupied by natives of Scotland who were induced to come
across by the proximity of their own country, by troubles they had passed
through at home and by the prospect of obtaining more fertile lands in Ulster.
Sir Randall MCDONNELL afterwards first Earl of Antrim was at that time
in possession of the wide expanse of country known as the Route and Glynns
extending from Larne to Coleraine; by his wise plans and judicious behavior in
the face of plots and suspicions, he managed to retain possession of those
estates and to obtain Letters of Patent from King James I in 1603 granting him
the entire region.
Soon after he encouraged Scottish settlers to come over and occupy the
lands, the former owners of which had been killed or driven away in the wars.
Another body of Scotsmen was driven across by Angus MCDONNELL a Scottish kinsman
of Sir Randall in 1607 and compelled to take refuge on the Antrim coast with
their cattle and their goods. The Reverend George Hill in the MCDONNELLs of
Antrim narrates how Sir Randall received them, Presbyterians though they were
and these people were the more welcome, no doubt, because of their bringing with
them the means of stocking their farms.
In the same interesting and valuable work may be found a statement made
in an old document on behalf of the Earl of Antrim, that he hath planted his
own lands in Ireland with Scotsmen that are Protestants, that hath given the
Ministers good stipends, 200lb., some 300lb., a piece, and hath settled his
lands the best of any in the North of Ireland.
James I ascended the throne of England in the year 1585.
(*Taken from the history of the Presbyterian Churches in the town of
Deals With James ROBINSON, J. P. And His Family
In or about the year 1700, four brothers named James ROBINSON, John
ROBINSON, William ROBINSON and Robert ROBINSON, came over from (Ayr) Scotland
and settled in the townlands of New Buildings South (Anthony Thomas Boys) and
Culduff, in the Parish of Ballymoney, Barony of Upper Dunluce and in the County
of Antrim, Ireland. These men prospered greatly and shortly afterward obtained
possession of large tracts of land in the towns of Tullaghans, Polintamney,
Carnately, and Ardnagross.
Three of the brothers, however, decided to leave this part of the
country, which they eventually did, but James continued to reside in New
Buildings South and the dwelling house then erected still stands and at present
(1905) is occupied by William ROBINSON who has lately made improvements therein.
At the time James ROBINSON was one of the leading men in the Northern
part of County Antrim and was honored by being made Justice of The Peace for the
County, being the first and only J.P. in the whole district. This title was then
only given to the leading residents of the Country. Mr. ROBINSON was a large
breeder of black cattle and these were specially mentioned in his will. It
cannot be traced as to who he married (Margaret) but the following are the names
of his family:
William (+Mary MCPEAK)
John (+Elisabeth BATESON)
Jane (+John Knox)
William, the eldest son of James ROBINSON, JP, married Mary MCPEAK who
was a daughter of James MCPEAK of Artnagross and brother of Neal MCPEAK, Esq.
J.P., Solicitor. This James MCPEAK married a Miss Hattridge, a daughter of the
Reverend Daniel Hattridge, Presbeterian Minister of Rasharkin and Finvoy, and
grand-daughter of Benjamin GALLAND who was high Sherriff of th County of Antrim
in the years 1702, 1703, 1704. (Benjamin GALLANDs grandson, ___Hattridge,
intermarried with the families of Courtney and MOORE.) This Benjamin GALLANDs
father was Captain John GALLAND of whom I find it written at pages 124 and 125
of the 15th report Irish Records Office as follows:-
Captain John GALLAND was a leading Officer in Cromwells Army and one
of the Regimental agents to oversee the proper distribution of the attainted
lands in the Barony of Kilconway and the County of Antrim which had formerly
belonged to Sir James MCDONNELL second cousin to the Marquis of Antrim. The
Marquis of Antrim was restored to his own lands, but his cousin Sir James
MCDONNELL was obliged to go to Connaught and his lands were settled on Captain
John GALLAND. (I have left out the list of lands.)
(After the Earl of Antrim was restored to his lands he offered (a) William
ROBINSON a lease of lands in New Buildings and Culduff, a mile square at a rent
of 50 per annum, but as William was of the opinion the rent was too high, he
refused the offer).
William ROBINSONs (James, JP> William) family were Neal ROBINSON
(1789-16 OCT 1871) who was a medical Doctor in the Royal Navy, (Dr. Neal married
an Esther [d.8 JUN1880] and had two children, William and Neal MCPEAK )
and Hester who married Samuel TAYLOR. Their family were Dr. William TAYLOR of
Ballymoney, a life sized oil painting of whom hangs in the town hall in
Ballymoney, he having been one of the largest contributors to the building fund
of said hall. And Mary Anne TAYLOR who married William MCINTOSH of Philadelphia.
(Their) son Reverend John MCINTOSH, D. D. of Philadelphia has two daughters
presently living in Philadelphia.
Rev. Dr. MCINTOSH (Their) son Reverend John MCINTOSH) died in San
Francisco on 4th January, 1906. I take the following from the North Antrim
Standard of 11th January, 1906: Death of Rev. Dr. MCINTOSH. The death of this
well known clergyman took place at San Francisco Friday last. Dr. MCINTOSH,
after the death of his father was brought home by his mother from America and
lived in Ballymoney with her brother, Dr. William TAYLOR, who spent his life
here and was instrumental with the late James Cramsie in getting the new town
hall built. The deceased clergyman received his early training in Ballymoney and
after graduating for the Ministry was called to the charge of Connor
Presbyterian Church and afterwards to May Street Church, Belfast and later to
2nd Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. Some years ago he resigned the latter
charge and took up the governorship of the Synod of Pennsylvanias Committee on
Church Extension. This position brought with it continual traveling and most
laborious work; but was the one thing of which Reverend MCINTOSH never seemed
to tire. Two or three years ago he was called to be Professor of Theology in one
of the Theological Halls of the Presbyterian Church of America - that at St.
Ansoline near San Francisco- and shortly afterwards was appointed President of
the College. In this work he found a sphere which was thoroughly congenial.
Robert, fourth son of James ROBINSON, JP, resided in the townland of
Culduff and was known as Rabin. He died on the sixth day of April, 1822, aged
76 years, having been born in the year 1746.
Jane, eldest daughter of James, JP, was married to a man named Knox and
it is believed that (she), William, James and Henry immigrated.
On the death of the said James ROBINSON, he was buried in the Old Church
Yard, Ballymoney, and his son John entered into possession of the home farm in
New Buildings South.
John ROBINSON (called Jack ROBINSON) married one Elisabeth BATESON and
their family was as follows:-
John d.1862(+Jane MCLESTER d.1874)
Robert1796-7/14/1883(+Mary McLaughlin 1802-5APR1890)
(This Jack ROBINSON was a very large and powerful man
and was stated to be a yard wide at the shoulders.)
(John ROBINSON was a man of great importance in the
County and is mentioned in the Courts Leet Record
of 30th May, 1799 as a leading man in the District.
He was noted for always voting for the Loyalist Candidates
at the elections. He refused to join the Rebels or the United
Irishmen during the rebellion of 1798 and refused to go with
them to the Battle of Antrim.)
On the death of the said Jack ROBINSON his youngest son (Robert
1796-7/14/1883 also buried by a John ROBINSON) who was living with him, entered
into possession of the Farm at New Buildings South.
I may state that I fund in the General Valuation of ratable property in
Ireland made in the year 1861 by Sir Richard Griffith, Bart., the following:-
Townland of Culduff
NameA. R. P.
John ROBINSON44. 1. 25.
Dr. Neal ROBINSON & William TWEED 17 3. 0.
William TWEED 128 0. 38
John ROBINSON 2. 0. 0.
Total 192. 1. 23.
New Buildings South
NameA. R. P.
James ROBINSON39. 3. 10
James ROBINSON 118. 3. 20.
Margaret ROBINSON 10 2. 10.
Jane ROBINSON 81. 0. 25.
Jane ROBINSON 0. 2. 0.
John ROBINSON 0. 0. 35.
John ROBINSON 0. 0. 35.
John ROBINSON 36. 1. 0.
Robert ROBINSON 42. 1. 0.
John & Robert ROBINSON 56. 0. 30.
William ROBINSON 21. 1. 20.
Note: The latter Tenancy of McElmoyles is not now in the townland of New
I find the following parcels clause in a deed of the Leslie Estate
endorsed on a deed of 27 and 28 February, 1735. Deed dated 22 July, 1789, Earl
of Antrim to John CUPPAGE.
All that and those the quarterland of Carneatlagh the two half
quarterlands of Colduffs and the Burnquarter then or formerly in the possession
of James ROBINSON and Robert SCOTT and William GLIN situate, etc.
I also find in a deed of 1688 stated that Benjamin GALLAND then lived in
the Vow in the County of Antrim.
By Patent of the 17th March, 1677, Charles II granted to John GALLAND
the lands of Ballynagarvey, Maddykeel, Glengad, Rushy Hill, Killymaddy,
Tatesforth, and Ballaghbeddy. This is now called Lord ONEILLs Ballynagarvey
Estate. It afterwards became vested in James Hamilton by Lease and Release of 22
and 23 November, 1722, from William GALLAND a descendent of Patentee John
GALLAND. The Ballynagarvey Estate in the Hamilton family for sometime and
afterwards came down to the HUEY family and was ultimately purchased by the
right honorable Charles Henry St. John, Earl ONEILL and conveyed to him by
Conveyance dated 14th August, 1857, from William HUEY and others at a cost of