Whom is the Thomas Boyd of “Bellihabrett” in Ireland?
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. (Typed as written in the book.)
In paragraph 30 it lists
(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.”
I could not find where around Dunluce or northern County Antrim this townland of
“Bellihabrett” is now located (or for that matter what it is now called). This
“Bellihabrett” could be another spelling variation for the townland and village of
“Ballyhalbert” on the Ards Peninsular in County Down.
These three Boyds – from the use of the term “fatfull and well-loved ffreinds” – would
seem to not be siblings or even first cousins to William Boyd, of my reading of this will.
Nor does the will indicate what relationship these three may have with William Boyd.
With “Thomas Boyd of Carncogie” – which is west of Dervock – and “Archibald Boyd off
Carncualagh” – which is east of Dervock – it is not yet known where either of them came
from in Scotland. There are at least six Cadet Branches in Ayrshire – that I can think of
– that they could have come from, Portencross, Pitcon, Lynn, Bonshaw, Penkill and
Trochrig, if these two Boyd’s came from Ayrshire.
Also, the term “Wm Dunlape the lard of Crage” – I take it that “Crage” is the 1624
spelling variation for “Craigie” about 6kms south of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. I am
not that familiar with the Dunlop family of Ayrshire and always assumed that they came
from Dunlop, Ayrshire. I thought that “Craigie” were Wallace lands! Or have I read this
word incorrectly? And I also take “Lard” to be the spelling variation for “Laird”.
It would seem from William, Boyd’s will of 1624, that he was in some form of business with
William Dunlop. But I do not know the details of this business.
And suggestions or additional data linking these four Boyds together would be greatly
House of Boyd Society