William Acheson, the second son, obtained a grant of lands in Co. Wexford from King
James I. (Betham-Phillips MS.). At the
time of the rebellion, in 1641, he became Lt. -Colonel in Sir William Cole's Regiment
of Foot, at Enniskillen, afterwards commanding a
regiment of his own.
He married Jean Cranstoun, who survived him, and married secondly, ?? Hume. Colonel
Acheson died at Skeagh, Co. Fermanagh; his will is dated 4 November 1656, and was proved
Prerogative Court of Dublin. From proceedings in connection with the proving it appears
that he had been resident in Ireland from 1632, or earlier, and his wife from 1626, or
earlier. He left his property to
his wife and children :
(1.) Alexander, of whom presently,
(2.) George, buried at Enniskillen 28 Jan. 1668-9.
He appointed as overseers, Major Hugh Ross, Captain Adam Cathcart, and Captain Patrick
IV. Alexander Acheson, his only surviving son, is mentioned in a book by my friend the
Rev. H. B. Swanzy, The Family of Hassard, to
which I am indebted for a part of what follows.
Alexander Acheson became a captain in Colonel Abraham Creighton's Regiment of Foot. He
served as High Sheriff of the county of
Fermanagh in 1703, and made his will 23 Sept. 1707, which was proved 23 Feb. 1710-1. He
married Catherine, daughter of Nicholas
Montgomery, of Blessingbourne, rector of Carrickmacross (see Alexander's will and
Burke's Landed Gentry).
In Cleenish church may still be seen a tombstone erected by himself to the memory of
himself, his wife and children.
There is a Royal Letter to Captain Acheson, dated 29 Jan. 1702, preserved in the Record
Tower of Dublin Castle.
Sir Nicholas Acheson, fourth baronet, left him, in his will dated 8 Nov. 1 70 1, a
mourning ring. Sir Nicholas was present with Captain
Acheson at the siege of Enniskillen.
He was survived, in 1707, by the following children, all then minors :
George, eldest son, who died young (probably) .
(2.) Alexander, of whom presently.
*(2 ) Ann who married Henry Crawford, of Millwood (Marriage License Bond 1718). He was
High Sheriff in 1738. For
their children see Lord Belmores History of the Corry Family.
(3.) Catherine, who married, in 1743, George Nixon, of Nixon Hall, Fermanagh, and had
issue. Her daughter married a
(4.) Mary, who, in 1720, married William Hassard, of Skea.
Alexander Acheson, of Corrard, Co. Fermanagh, married (1724) Angel, elder daughter of
William Richardson, of Springtown, Co.
Tyrone, by his wife, daughter of William Wray, of Ards, Co. Donegal, by Angel, second
daughter of Colonel James Galbraith, M.P. for
On 18 Feb. 1745, Alexander Acheson filed a Chancery Bill against his brother-in-law Henry
Crawford, and another, in which he com-
plained that " in 1734 he unfortunately fell into the habit of excessive drinking of
strong and spirituous liquors, which by degrees increased
to such a height as greatly to impair his reason, senses and understanding, in so much
that your suppliant was for many years incapable of
transacting business with any common degree of reason or understanding. Further, that
Henry Crawford . . . having intermarried with
your suppliant's sister, and being resident in your suppliant's neighbourhood, and
having an old acquaintance and intimacy with your
suppliant, and having by degrees brought himself entirely into your suppliant's
confidence and esteem, said Crawford found a scheme of
getting said estate into his hands, and for that end supplied your suppliant from time to
time with small sums of money, the better to
continue in his course of excessive drinking . . . and got into possession of a great part
of your suppliant's estate . . . said Crawford, having
carried his designs into execution, in manner above-mentioned, and refusing to supply your
suppliant with money to buy strong liquor as
he had formerly done, your suppliant being scarce able to afford the necessaries of life
for himself and his family, much less to support
himself in his former course of drinking, by degrees recovered his reason."
It is not surprising to find Crawford in his answer putting a totally different complexion
on the matter.
Re: FERMANAGH-GOLD Aiken, Acheson /Date:/ Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:24:37 -0400
This fellow is a descendant of the family of Guy Acheson of Grouse
Lodge, Pettigo. I researched this family thoroughly as I thought I might
find a link to my Achesons. There were many transcribed records but few
went past the 1800s. Bonnie (Acheson) Anderson Kitchener, Ontario