What is known of Captain Adam Boyd of Ireland?
In a recent Chart I got on a Boyd family, which looks like it came from Ancestry, as it
has little green leave at the top right hand corner of a number of boxes – but I was not
given the website to be able to cite it for you, so you can look for yourself.
This Chart cites that Captain Adam Boyd was the son of Bishop Andrew Boyd and Elizabeth
Cunningham. WE KNOW THAT IS WRONG.
The box says “Captain Adam Boyd 1625 – 1649” and a second box suggesting linked to him –
suggesting that she is his wife – says Mary Boyd 1625 – “ with an Irish flag on top of the
box. So I am not sure if this Chart is saying that this Adam Boyd married a “Mary Boyd”
or is using her married name. It is not unusual for two Boyds to marry each other.
So at present we do not now if this Captain Adam Boyd came from – Ireland or Scotland.
Nor do we know who his parents were.
So what was he “A Captain” of? In 1642 General Munro brought across a Scottish Army to
help put down the 1641 Irish Uprising. So if he were a Captain in that Army, he would
have only been 17 years old at the time. I think that is unlikely, even if he might have
been Lord Boyd’s son which he is not or he might have come from one of the Cadet Branches
such as Portencross, Pitcon or Penkill or Trochrig. But I have not found any Adam Boyd
amongst those families
So might he have become a Captain of an Irish Unit fighting against the Uprising in 1641?
Unlikely at that age.
The third Army he might have been involved with is Cromwell’s forces. I have not seen any
reference to any Adam Boyd being in that army from the limited data that I have seen.
Then it has him dying in 1649. I have seen references that he “was killed in Ireland”.
But I do not know enough Irish history to know what battles were taking place in that year
and if this Captain Adam Boyd can be linked to any of these. Or he might even have been
fighting against Cromwell’s forces? I do know that Cromwell’s forces killed a lot of
It is known that Bishop Andrew Boyd’s son Adam Boyd died in 1649 in Glasgow. So has some
researcher confused the two Adam Boyd’s and said that Captain Adam died in 1649 in
Ireland, but he has actually died at a later time?
This Chart goes onto to say that Captain Adam Boyd and Mary Boyd had two son - the first
son given is Rev. Adam Boyd (who married Agnes Forsythe) who was born in 1650. So this
would mean he was born after his father’s death. If that is true, that Adam’s son became
a Minister, it would suggest the family had money to send him to University. But it still
does not tell us if he came from Scotland or Ireland. Nor does it tell us what religion
he was a Minister of. However in the Scottish Fasti, there is no Rev Adam Boyd listed for
the Presbyterian Church in the early 1600’s.
Does anyone have any further information of either the father or the son? During the last
few months, I have found a number of websites that list both Captain Adam Boyd and his so
called son Rev Adam Boyd, but have not recorded each of these websites which I will now
had to record.
House of Boyd Society
Mike. Hope you are receiving my e mails.computer half time won't work. I sent
eugene Boyd's bible records .he was grandson of John f.boyd. let me know.i also
have some photos later on I can e mail.r regards. Louise