In the book An Historical Account of the MACDONNELS Of Antrim: Including Notices of some
other Septs, Irish and Scottish, Rev George Hill, 1873, pp 389-393, it provides this
outline of the Will of William Boyd of Dunluce, 1624.
In one of the last Clauses of this Will of 1624 it says: -
Will of William Boyd of Duncluce, 1624
(xxx) Lastly, I will and appoynt fatfull and well-loved ffreinds, Mr Andrew
Monpenny archdeacon off Coner, Wm Dunlape the lard of Crage, Thomas Boyd of Carncogie,
Archibald Boyd off Carncualagh, Archibald Stewart off Bellilachmore, and my son in law
Walter Kennedie, John Logane off the Bosthmiles, Thomas Boyd of Bellihabrett, to be
overseers yt this my will and laste Testament shall duly be performed in all poynts
reservinge the interpretaone off itt to them or any fowre or more off, iff any question
shall happen to arise, qr off Thomas Boyd and Mr Wm. Wallace shall be two.”
The first seven of these names would appear to be from County Antrim.
However where does “Thomas Boyd of Bellihabrett” come from? I had for about a decade
ASSUMED it was a townland in County Antrim, but a member of our New Windsor Boyd research
group, who came from Ballyhalbert, Ards Peninsular, County Down, has just suggested that
“Ballihabrett” could be the 1624 spelling for Ballyhalbert.
Colonel David Boyd, the natural son of the 5th Lord Boyd, came to Greyabbey Parish in
1606, with his 5th or 6th cousin Sir Hugh Montgomery. This Colonel Boyd’s third son was
called Thomas Boyd is thought to be the one that died in 1660 at Portavogie, Ards
Penisular. It is not know when he was born (but one of his sons became the Boyds of
Glentry), so is this Thomas Boyd old enough to in the Will of William Boyd of Dunluce in
It is also known that Boyds (more than one but number not known) came in 1566 from
Carrick, Ayrshire. The only known Boyd family in Carrick, Ayrshire was Adam Boyd of
Penkill, who had two named sons – Robert of Penkill and James of Trochrig – and three
un-named sons. These three un-named son by 1566, would have been in their 20’s years of
So COULD/MIGHT Thomas Boyd of Carncogie; Archibald Boyd off Carncualagh, and William Boyd
of Dunluce have been the second generation of these Boyds of “Carrick, Ayreshire”? I only
have these names – and no family – so do not know if there might be any DNA matches.
So all these Boyds might have had a common ancestor in Alexander Boyd, the next brother
after Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran, who died between 1500 and 1510.
So could the son of Colonel David Boyd, Thomas Boyd in the Ards Peninsular, County Down,
have been a friend of William Boyd of Dunluce, Antrim, in 1624? OR IS THERE ANOTHER
TOWNLAND NEAR DUNLUCE that this “Bellihabrett” could represent
Thank you for any comments