Is the Adam Boyd of Liswatty lease of 1637, the famous “Captain Adam Boyd”, that many Boyd
families claim a linkage to?
In Directory of Irish Family Research 2000, Tenants on the estates of the Earls of Antrim
in the 17th century, Ian Montgomery, pp 80-81, it has this to say about the records
23. Adam Boyde, Gent. of Coleraine, 17 Aug. 1637, lease of Liswatticke [Liswatty, P.
of Ballyrashane, Co Londonderry]. D/2979/3A/6/14/1
I am not sure if this Adam Boyd of Liswatty, in the Parish of Ballyrashane – between
Coleraine and Ballybogy – could be or is the Captain Adam Boyd, whom many researchers say
was killed in 1649 fighting in Ireland. Perhaps the PRONI documents cited above, may be
able to tell us when this Adam Boyd died and if he did any Military service during the
1641 Irish uprising or not?
I know that Coleraine, was one of the towns put under siege in 1641, but was not burnt as
Dunluce was. So, this Adam Boyd being termed “Gentleman of Coleraine” would suggest that
he was there during this siege and being a “Gentleman” may have had enough status or
position to be appointed a “Captain” of some of the Scottish Settlers that were defending
Coleraine. However, I do not know enough about Coleraine’s history of 1641 to know if
this Adam Boyd was one of those defenders and held have held rank.
Many of us have seen the tree –
A) Captain Adam Boyd
B) Rev Adam Boyd
C) Rev Adam Boyd
D) Rev Adam Boyd, (1692 – 17??) who was the Presbyterian Minister of Upper
Octorara, Chester County, PA
The second question is – could this Adam Boyd of Liswatty, in 1637 be the son of William
Boyd of Dunluce, County Antrim, who wrote a will in 1624, with his eldest son names Adam
Boyd. (From the wording of the will, it would appear that William Boyd’s son Adam, was
“under age” in 1624.
From 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 the seventh paragraph it says
this about William’s son Adam Boyd -
(vii) “Item, my will is yt my son Adam shall have and injoy the qrterland off
Ballebreill; the Salmon fishinge off Portnein and Lands; the Towne land of Carvelly wt all
the titles and ryghts qch I leave to him, his heirs, exrs and assignais; and I do appoynte
and ordaine my faithfull and weilbeloved friends Mr Andrew Monypenny, Archdeacon of Coner,
and Mr Wm. fentwine, preacher off God his word att Carn Castle, to be curators to him and
possess the profits off the sd land and fishinge during his minoritie, to be put and
qnverted towards the honest aducaoine off him, and in wch tym I will and desyre yt the sd
Mr Monypenny (iff not being burdensome unto him), and Mr Wn Fentwine jointlie and
severallie shall keip him att schooles and to breed him according as they schall in yr
discretion think fitt, to quhome jointlie and severallie (Mr Fentown being less distracted
by uther occasions yn the ryt worschipfull Mr Monypenny) I committ him and his portione.
Item I do leave all my plate to my son Adam, toither wt on furnisched fether bedd wt the
apportunances necessarilie belonginge, my brewinge kettill, my aquavitae pott, always
reserving the use of them to his mother until he shall come to perfect age, or be married,
iff she shall live so longe, prayinge the sd Mr Monypenny and Mr Fentowine to acceptt off
this charge jointlie and severally to direct my sd sone as they schall think wreite (and
iff the sd Mr Monypenny be promoted to greater dignities or remove himself hence) I
recommend him and his portion to the care and fidelitie of Mr Fentowne, desyring my saide
sone to doe nothing wtot the direction and advyse off them the sd Mr Monypenny or Mr
[Carn Castle is about 6 kms NW of Larne.]
(The wording is a printed in Rev George Hill’s book – and it requires a little bit of an
effort to work out the meaning. It would a been very nice if Rev Hill had also written
this in “modern English”, so we could fully understand it.)
From list of lands left to this Adam Boyd, there is no linkage to the townland of
Liswatty. [Nor have I yet found out were any of these lands are located in County
Antrim.] So, could this Adam Boyd have “sold” the above townland and bought the Liswatty
lease before 1637? At this time, I do not have enough information to know if these two
Adam Boyd’s are the same or separate people/
However, while I could not find “the Towne land of Carvelly” around Dunluce, I am familiar
with Boyd in the 1700’s being at “Corvally” on the SE slopes of Knocklayd Mountain between
Armoy and Ballycastle. So, is townland of “Carvelly” actually “Corvally”?
There Boyds of Corvally also seem to be linked to Boyds at “Cape Castle” and “Ballylig”
townlands on the western slopes of Knocklayd. For over a decade or more, I have thought
this group of Boyds were from siblings of Colonel Hugh Boyd of Ballycastle, but now
looking at the similar spelling, could the townland of “Carvelly” not be at Dunluce but be
the townland of “Corvally” on Knocklayd Mountain?
Does anyone have any views on this spelling variation and name?
It also now raises the question if Colonel Hugh Boyd’s father Rev William Boyd, who died
in 1701 at Ballycastle and was a Church of Ireland Minister, could be the grandson of one
of the three sons of William Boyd of Dunluce, who wrote the will in 1624, and listed sons
Adam Boyd; John Boyd and William Boyd?
While I do not have any evidence of this possible linkage, it is still worthwhile to ask
the question to allow others to research in this direction. I look forward to seeing what
results turn out.
Nor is there any “evidence”, at present, that this Adam Boyd of Liswatty in the Parish of
Ballyrashane is actually Captain Adam Boyd either.
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