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*Elder Bryce Or James Blair, Commissioner

Male Abt 1660 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name *Elder Bryce Or James Blair 
    Suffix Commissioner 
    Born Abt 1660  Possibly Belfast, Antrim County, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I20535  My Genealogy

     1. Blair,   b. Possibly Donigore, Belfast, Antrim County, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F7291  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Some Unique History:
      "The Blair Surname
      The BLAIR surname, unlike many others, has a fairly well establishedorigin. Although there is some question as to who was the "FirstBlair", it is generally accepted that he was an heir of Jean Francois,a Norman, granted Barony of Blare by King William, between 1165 and1200."
      "There were two principal Blair families in Scotland; the Blairs ofBlair in Ayrshire and the Blairs of Balthyock in Fife and Perthshire.The ancestor of the Blairs of Blair in Ayrshire was William de Blair,who was mentioned in a contract dated 1205. William is believed to bethe son or grandson of Jean Francois. The ancestor of the Blairs ofBalthyock was Alexander de Blair, who received a charter of landsabout 1214. There are some who believe that Alexander is a directdescendant of Jean Francois, either a brother or nephew of William deBlair (Blairs of Blair in Ayrshire). Others believe that thesefamilies were not related.
      These may have been the "Original" Blairs but the Blair name wasadopted by many others with no blood connection throughout history.Every Blair that adopted the name started a new line." [Transcribed 02 August 2006, SLJuhl,compiler]

      OBTAINED: 02 August 2006"
      "The Barony of Blair was granted by King William of the Scots,surnamed the Lion, in the middle of the 12th century to one JeanFranšois, a man of Norman descent. Jean?s son changed his name toBlair and he appears to have married a daughter of King John ofEngland. He was called William and held the Barony in 1260. Hissuccessor, Sir Bryce de Blair was an adherent of Sir William Wallaceand was executed by the English at the Barns of Ayr in 1296. Sir Brycewas succeeded by his brother David, whose son, Roger, was knighted byKing Robert the Bruce for his services before and at Bannockburn.There is a stone on the old Keep which reads "Roger de Blair and MarieMair, his spouse". This lady come from Rowallan and spelt her nameeither Muir or Mair. Her sister married King David II, a son of Robertthe Bruce. From the fourteenth century onwards the Blairs continued toprosper at Blair and the estate descended in a direct line until 1752.
      The house is difficult to date exactly. The oldest part is thequadroom tower, which was probably built before 1200. The next poletower or keep was built in or about 1202. There are battlements underthe high-pitched roof, over the two oldest towers but it is not knownwhen the high roof was added: probably in the late 17th or early 18thcentury.
      During the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, John Blair was faithful tothe Queen. He died during the reign of James VI. His grandson, Bryce,succeeded in 1610 and died in 1639. He and his son, William, were bothadherents of Charles I and both were knighted.
      William married Margaret, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Hamilton andthey left Blair when Cromwell came to Scotland to deal with those ofthe Scots nobility and people who were loyal to the House of Stuart.They returned early in the 1660s and built the south wing of thehouse, whose gables show the lily of France and the initials W B and LM H. William Blair declared for King William and was captured by theEarl of Dundee; he died a prisoner on Skye. Her ladyship did notapprove of her husband's disloyalty to the Stuarts. Their son,William, succeeded his father and was in Government service; hemarried a Campbell. Their daughter succeeded in due course and marriedWilliam Scott who changed his name to Blair on marriage. The lady diedat the birth of their son, who died unmarried before his father, whohad married again and produced several sons, the eldest of whomsucceeded to Blair: Hamilton Blair was a major in the Royal ScotsGreys and carried out many improvements on the estate. His son,William, was MP for Ayrshire and planted many of the old trees stillto be seen. He opposed the Reform Bill of 1832 and subsequently losthis seat. His son, William Fordyce Blair was a captain in the RoyalNavy, and married a Miss Sprot from the Borders. The park and policiesare due to this William: he it was who opened the policies to thepeople of Dalry. He built the Town Hall and subscribed largely to therebuilding of St. Margaret?s Church in the 1860s. He died in 1888 andwas succeeded by the only surviving son, Colonel Fredrick GordonBlair, the father of Miss Blair. Colonel Blair married Miss Mary Bairdof Rosemount (near Ayr). Colonel and Mrs Blair modernised the house in1893 and built a large addition to the west of the 1668 wing."[Transcribed 02 August 2006, SLJuhl, compiler]

      "The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars fought in medievalEngland from 1455 to 1487 between the House of Lancaster and the Houseof York. The name Wars of the Roses is based on the badges used by thetwo sides, the red rose for the Lancastrians and the white rose forthe Yorkists. Major causes of the conflict include: 1) both houseswere direct descendents of king Edward III; 2) the ruling Lancastrianking, Henry VI, surrounded himself with unpopular nobles; 3) the civilunrest of much of the population; 4) the availability of many powerfullords with their own private armies; and 5) the untimely episodes ofmental illness by king Henry VI."
      "The Act of Accord and the events of Wakefield left the 18-year-oldEdward, Earl of March, York's eldest son, as Duke of York and heir tothe throne. Salisbury's death left Warwick, his heir, as the biggestlandowner in England. Margaret travelled to Scotland to negotiate forScottish assistance. Mary of Gueldres, Queen of Scotland agreed togive Margaret an army on condition that she cede the town of Berwickto Scotland and Mary's daughter be betrothed to Prince Edward.Margaret agreed, although she had no funds to pay her army and couldonly promise booty from the riches of southern England, as long as nolooting took place north of the River Trent. She took her army toHull, recruiting more men as she went."

      SOURCE: INFOPEDIA 2.0, FUNK & WAGNALLS ENCYCLOPEDIA; 1996 SoftkeyMultimedia, Inc. CD
      series of dynastic civil wars in England fought by the rival houses ofLancaster and York between 1455 and 1485 ( see Lancaster, House of ;York, House of ). The struggle was so named because the badge of thehouse of Lancaster was a red rose and that of the house of York awhite rose. The initial opponents were the Lancastrian king of EnglandHenry VI, aided by his queen, Margaret of Anjou, and RichardPlantagenet, 3d duke of York (1411-60). Because of the insanity of theking and military losses in France during the last phase of theHundred Years' War, the authority of the house of Lancaster was badlyshaken. York asserted his claim to the throne in 1460, after havingdefeated the Lancastrian armies at St. Albans in 1455 and atNorthampton in 1460. In the latter year York was defeated and killedat Wakefield. In 1461, however, his son was proclaimed king as EdwardIV and shortly thereafter he decisively defeated Henry and Margaret,who then fled from England. In 1465 Henry was captured and imprisonedin the Tower of London.
      The war was revived because of division within the Yorkist faction.Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, aided by George Plantagenet, duke ofClarence, younger brother of Edward, made an alliance with Margaretand led an invasion from France in 1470. Edward was driven into exileand Henry restored to the throne. In 1471, however, Edward returnedand, aided by Clarence, defeated and killed Warwick at the Battle ofBarnet. Shortly thereafter, the Lancastrians were totally defeated atthe Battle of Tewkesbury, and Henry was murdered in the Tower.
      After the death of Edward in 1483, his brother Richard usurped thethrone, becoming king as Richard III, and the Lancastrians turned forleadership to Henry Tudor, earl of Richmond, who later became KingHenry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty. In 1485 the forces of Richardand Henry fought the decisive Battle of Bosworth Field, the last majorencounter of the war. After Richard's death in battle, Henry ascendedthe throne and married Edward's daughter, thus uniting the houses. Thechief result of the war was an increase in the power of the Crown.Battle and execution all but destroyed the old nobility, and thefinancial resources of the monarchy were strengthened by theconfiscation of estates." [Transcribed 22 February 2008, SLJuhl,compiler]

      SOURCE: Family Tree Maker, CD276 Scotch-Irish Settlers in America,1500s-1800s, Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America, VI, HomeTowns of Ulster Families 1691-1718,, Inc., February 21,2008; Appendix VI, Home Towns of Ulster Families, 1691-1718.
      Presbytery Records-Census; printed c.1820.
      **Blair, Bryce, R E (Ruling Elder) 1705, 8, 9, 15, C (Commissioner)1708, Belfast, Antrim (father of James)
      **James, R E (Ruling Elder) 1703, Donegore, Antrim" [Transcribed 22February 2008, SLJuhl, compiler]

      SOURCE: BOOK--SCOTS-IRISH LINKS 1575-1725 PART ONE AND PART TWO, byDavid Dobson; Originally published St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, 1994;Re-printed, two books in one, for Clearfield Company, Inc. byGenealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland. Excerpts:
      "The Plantation of Ulster, particularly by the Scots, during theseventeenth century was the period of maximum settlement there....identifying the original immigrants and their places of origin inScotland, ... The descendants of these early Scottish settlersbecame, in due course, the single most important ethnic group tosettle in America during the eighteenth century - the Scotch-Irish.This fully referenced booklet has been compiled overwhelmingly fromprimary source material located in Scotland ..."PART ONE-Page 3:
      "Blair, James, son of Robert Blair, minister in Bangor, Ireland, 1635(SRO.RS24. {Edinburgh} 23.355/RS24. {Edinburgh} 24.152).
      Blair, James, mariner in Donachadie, 1684. (SRO.RD4.63.621)
      Blair, James, minister at Dumbo, cnf 1687 Edinburgh
      Blair, William, in Bellebreiton, parish of Achadowie, Londonderry,formerly in Kirkland, 1677. (SRO.RD2.43.680)"

      SOURCE: Family Tree Maker, CD276 Scotch-Irish Settlers in America,1500s-1800s, Scots-Irish Links 1575-1725 Part II, Surnames, A-B,, Inc., February 21, 2008; Page 2.
      Blair, Robert, born in Irvine, Ayshire, 1593 son of John Blair ofWindyedge, educated at Glasgow University ca1612, minister of Bangor1623-1637, died in Aberdour, Fif, 1666. [F.7.527]
      Blair, Robert. Lease by Lord Kirkcudbright to Robert Blair in Dunboeparish, County Londonderry, of townlands of Bellyderickbeg, Dunboeparish, for 11 years, 2.7.1655. [SRO.RH15.91.59]

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