Name: John BLAIR
Given Name: John
Birth: 1555/1565 in , , Scotland
Change Date: 29 May 2003 at 01:00:00
Genealogist differ upon whether or not Rev. Robert Blair was brother
to David. There are strong indications that he is either directly or
closely related the Aghadowey Blairs.
Gerhard Herm, The Celts, New York, St. Martin's Press, English
Blair Magazine, The Blair Society for Genea}ogical Research, May l, 1926.
The earliest documented Blairs of this line were descendants of a Blair
familiy living at Milgerholm in Ayrshire County, Scotland in the middle
to late 1500's. They were of the family The Blairs of Blair. There is a
record of John Blair. born 1555-1565. living in Milgerholm Scotland. He
was married to Beatrix Muir born 1555-1565. Beatrix was of the family
of Rowallan. It is believed there were six children but only three, all
born in Milgerholm, Ayrshire, Scotland, are known:
1- (Reverend) Robert Blair
2- David Blair
3- Alexander Blair
Soon after the accession of James, about 1603, a company was
organized in London for the purpose of settling the northern province of
Ireland. King James divided some millions of acres of land into small
holding in 1612, and offered these to his loyal subjects at such low
prices ~ a penny an acre) that thousands of Scotch settlers entered Ulster
and became permanent settlers. The Ulster settlers came largely from
Galloway and the region included in the old kingdom of Strathclyde.
In Ireland the newcomers swarmed into Londonderry, Tyrone, Arrnagh,
Fermanaghd, Down and Antrim. They were also plentiful in counties
Donegal and Cavan. A band of young men from Argyleshire, of whom
several bore the name of Blair, settled in Londonderry and other parts of
Ulster. The first of the children of John and Beatrix Blair to go to Ireland
was Alexander. He settled at Glendarmot in 1610. David followed a
couple of years later and settled in Aghadowey in Antrim County, Ireland.
Beatrix MUIR b: 1555/1565
- Robert BLAIR Rev.
- David BLAIR b: 9 Jun 1603 in Milgerholm, Ayshire, Scotland
- Alexander BLAIR