The Family of William J. Montgomery

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  • ID: I828
  • Name: John MONTGOMERY
  • Surname: Montgomery
  • Given Name: John
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1640 in Aghadowey, County Londonderry, Ireland
  • Death: 1689 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • _UID: 674D84E421D58148A6101E81B581799372B9
  • Note:
    A John Montgomery is listed as, "Tenant, year 1725, at Bwalla O'Cahane, along with Robt. McCleeve, John Dodd, Thomas Fullerton, Widow McBride", in "Pikes's Survey for Aghadowey Parish", from the book, "Aghadowey", by Rev. Thomas H. Mullin, Belfast: Century Services, 1972.

    From the genealogy files of Bertha L. Montgomery, (James b 1865, Warren b 1831, James b 1796, Hugh b 1752, Hugh b 1726, Hugh b 1689, Robert b 1658, John b 1645):
    "John, son of the Laird of Braidstane, Ayshire, and nephew of Sir Hugh Montgomery, of Ards, County Down, married Isabella, daughter of John Shaw and Ealoner Agnew, his wife, of Ballygelly Castle. John Shaw was son of James Shaw and Isabella Brisbane, and grandson of James Shaw and his wife, Margaret McQuillan, only child of James McQuillan, last Irish Chief of that name, and of Margaret De Bisset, his wife, last of the line of DeBissetts of the Glens of Antrim."

    John Montgomery's name appears in a list of Scottish settlers ordered to be deported from Glenarm to Connaught by Cromwell in 1653, but this order was not carried out.

    From, "The people who stayed at home in Ulster":

    This kind of detail from a family's history, which allows us to make contact with an ancestor's personality, just as much as the information about shared more remote ancestors and as well as the information about what happened in subsequent generations to the emigrants from Ulster, is a great resource for family historians in the north of Ireland, since most if not all has been lost to memory in Ireland. Making contact with longlost relatives in America, or even just reading about them, can begin to heal wounds that those of us who live in Ulster in the present day often do not realize that our society has suffered throughout its history. Generation after generation after generation, ever since 1718, parents in Ireland have reared children and have had to part with them; people have said goodbye to friends and kinsfolk, and never knew what happened to them. It is hard to imagine the scale of loss and disruption of relationships. People who sat beside our ancestors in church, or who had worked alongside them in the fields, just vanished from view; it was almost like the results of losing people by death. The people who stayed in Ulster, in any generation between 1718 and 1950 may have had to adjust, over the course of their lives, to the absence of three quarters of the people with whom they had been in significant relationships in earlier life.

    Dr. Linde Lunney, Royal Irish Academy

    Regarding the connection of this John Montgomery to Hugh, Earl of Mount Alexander, etc., the following is provided regarding "Inferiour Montgomerys":

    From, THE MONTGOMERY MANUSCRIPTS, (1608-1706), Compiled from Family Papers, by William Montgomery of Rosemount, Esquire, and Edited With Notes, by Rev. George Hill, Vol. 1, Belfast, Archer and Sons, 10 Wellington Place. MDCCCLXIX

    Chapter XXIII, Pages 385-389:

    385

    THE MONTGOMERY MANUSCRIPTS

    CHAPTER XXIII.

    OTHER MONTGOMERYS.

    NOW having mentioned our 6th Laird of Braidstane & his offspring with two cadets of former lairds of Braidstane: viz. Thomas of Blackstoun1 and Gransheogh2; & two other familys, viz. Creboy3 & Bailymagouns all Montgomerys, & being his next relations, I will not forget (nor suffer to be buried in oblivion) our forenamed serjant & his Posterity: because of his good service done to ye sd sixt laird, my venerable grandfather.
    You have heard he was called Robert Montgomery4, & that he was a chief Instrument in ye sd Laird?s Escape, & that he brought his dutch wife with him. Them ye sd Laird entertained at Braidstane, until his plantation in Ireland, that he brought them over & settled them in ye lands of upper Cuningburn5 in the Great Ards (so called from the multitude of Coneys or Rabits that were in the banks of the said Bourn or brook); in fee farm, under a small chief rent. The deed was only written in paper (as Scotish instruments of that nature comonly are), & not registered or renewed, but was observed inviolate by all the three first Lords.
    The deed had an Endorsment, every word written & signed by the said Laird (then Visc4), whth I have read, & it was (as neare as I can remember) in the following terms, viz.
    I do hereby heartily recomend ye within named Robt Montgomery, & all his posterity heires males, to ye favour of my son Hugh, & to all his descending heirs, leaving unto them all (who shall be kind to him & them) my blessing on that Account, as a memorandum of my good will and respect to ye said Robt & his dutch wife, who under God wrought my delivery out of the Marshallsea in the Hague6.
    Yet notwithstanding all this care & kindness of the sd first three Lords, in the minority of this present Earle, & unknown to him & his nearest relations of kindred, the said deed of fee farm, so indorsed, was fraudently got out of the said Rob? his 2nd wifes hands when she was his widdow, had his daughter & two sonns to maintaine all under ninteen yeares of Age.
    William, ye the eldest son, served mee some years at Rosemount, and went into Scotland & died unmarryed, he was a propper young man & had expectations there.

    1 Blackstoun.-See pp. a6, 28, iz6, supra.
    2 Gransheogh.-See pp. 356-362, supra.
    3 Creboy.-See pp. 2g, 52, note 25, supra. Thomas H. Montgomery in his Genealogical History, represents both
    Creboy and Gransheogh as descended from the two younger sons of Adam, fourth laird, which, if so would make this
    Patrick of Creboy first cousin of John of Gransheogh and of sir Hugh the first viscount. But although the author of
    the Montgomery Manuscripts designates John of Gransheogh as the first cousin of the first viscount (Narrative of Gransheo, p. 357, supra), he nowhere calls Patrick of Creboy cousin of the first viscount, but only brother-in-law (see p. 52, supra), nor does he ever speak of Creboy and Gransheogh as cousins-german.
    4 Robert Montgomery.-See p.1, supra.
    5 Cuningburn. - The name of a townland in the parish of Newtownards. See p.373 supra.
    6 In the Hague.-See p. 12-15, supra.


    386

    THE MONTGOMERY MANUSCRIPTS.

    Henry, the 2d son in A 1689, I saw him Quartermaster in ye Earls of Eglintons troop, he is marryed & well setled.
    The daughter was marryed to one Maxwell, for whom I took paines & was at expense to rid him out of troubles, for Roberts sake.
    This memoir I think due to Roberts fidelity, & service to my grandfather, he generously foregoing his halbert, his Pay and ye arrears thereof, & hazarding his life, for love of a gentlman of his surname, then in distress; on what account is before related.
    Other Montgomerys.
    Many Inferiour Montgomerys came over7 & had mortgages some of fifty, some of one hundred pounds sterling on single townlands, paying a small chiefry and the tyth (with ecclesiastical right, our first lord did not, nor would ascertain, the most of his lands belonged to Abbeys and Pryorys, and so might have disposed of them) for Instance
    Montgomery of Ballyhenny8 in Newtoun parish, had one thousand merks Scotesh mony on ye town called B:heft9; & payd but one shill rent per annum, but when hee (and I believe also his son) was dead, a favorit of another name, since ye restauration, had ye redemption of the mortgage given him by ye Lord, it came to fifty pounds 13sh and 04 as I thinke & he had above 20lb sterling yearly out of it.
    Item John Montgomery of B:volly (the son of one of the first planters) was remooved out f his houlding (his fathers originall mortgage mony being given him) so he was forced to remoove & take a farm in ye north west of Ireland, by which change he lost, and ye incomer gained a yearly income, for by a law made in King Char : ye martirs reigne, any mortgaged Lands, which yeelded more than 10th per cent., all ye overplus rent might be counted up as paymt in part (pro tanto) of the original mortgage mony,
    I incert these two names onely to show that there were substantiall montgomerys (besides the aforenamed) who came over as planters, besides Artificers & yeoman, & those whom (to avoid ostentation) I name not: some of whose Posterity, in newton parish and near it, are thriveing farmers, and well to pass.
    Now that I have related most I had to say of our 6th Laird and his three Sonns Hugh, James & George & of his two Daughters, and also have written of ye 2nd Viscounts children, Elizabeth, James, and Hugh, ye 3rd Visc?t and first Earle of Mount Alexander and of his offspring, Jean, Henry, Katherin, Elizabeth, & of Hugh, ye 4th Viscount & 2nd Earle now liveing.
    It may be alleadged that I have Acted ye Panegyrist, and not noted their Imperfections and
    faults (which in any man is seldom overweiched by his vertues) & so I must, or shall, be called too
    favorably Partiall to ye stock from whence I am sprung, & to my fellow branches & nighbours.

    7 Montgomerys came over.-The following persons of this surname received grants of denization in 1617:- John Montgomery of Ballimacrosse, Robert and William Montgomery of Donoghdie, Thomas Montgomery of Knockfergus, John Montgomery of Redene, Matthew Montgomery of Donoghdie, Robert Montgomery of Edenacanany, Robert Montgomery of Moneyglasse (now the Glass Moss), and John Montgomery of Ballymagorrie.-Calendar Patent Rolls, James I., pp. 326, 339.
    8 Ballyhenny.-This is a misprint for Ballyhenry, the name of a townland in the parish of Newtownards. Hugh Montgomery of Ballyhenry was present at the funeral of the first earl in 1663. See p. 250 supra.
    9 Balleyheft.-Now Ballyhaft; this is also a townland in the parish of Newtonards.
    9 B:volly.-This is a misprint for Ballyrolley. a town- land in the parish of Donaghadee. John Montgomery of Bellie Rollie was requested by Hugh Nevin to assist in carrying out the provisions of his will. See p. note 41, supra.


    387

    THE MONTGOMERY MANUSCRIPTS.

    Therefor as to this Impeachmt I shall so farr defend my self & Reputation, as to Answe thus, viz.
    Impr if I saw my forefathers, or Relations, or Christian Nighbors nakedness or infirmitys, I should (according to my duty & Love) cover them as Sem and Japhet did, rather than deride them as Cham did Noahs, for which, his posterity Cainan was accursed.
    Item it is a Maxim and Axiom in my books viz. De mortuis nil nisi bonum de absentibus nil nisi verum, & the Trueth, (especially ye whole trueth) should not be told in all times and places, where it may be scandalum acceptum; tho non datum: except when upon Oath before a Magistrate.
    Item it is agt the designe of this natrative which is (not to speak evill of any man but) to shew ye good Acts and qualifications of those Montgomerys I have named; thereby to stirr up Posterity to imitate their vertuous Examples:
    But to come nearer the answer to ye objection, I protest ye Imitation of posterity is ye chief end of my writeing.
    2nd to shew my gratitude to those I ow it, or to their children.
    3rd to be an example that others after mee may begin where I leave off, & so continue ye memoriall of our honorable family, better than I have done, or could doe (not haveing adverted and begun sooner) for times past, & always to reguard trueth, as I have laboured and studdyed to doe.
    But 4thly to come up closer to ye objectors (if any bee) I must tell them, that wee should doe to all men as wee would they should doe towards us: & that I believe they doe not desire their own sores (old or new) should be scarifyed or ripped open to view, but rather carefully plaistered and concealed.
    And 5thly (to speak to ye subject matter of ye objection) I again protest, I have written without Bribe, or any expectation of Reward, & without varying from the trueth, either to the right or Left hand (that I know off but have pursued the straight Roade of Duty; which I conceived I owed to my family, nighbours and acquaintances of the surname of Montgomery: God haveing given mee ability and leizure to performe as I have done.
    I confess no flesh is faultless, nor myself (perhapps) in point of time, which I could not exactly know, for want of Records thereof, but that those I write of were naturally or habitually vicious, or were cursers, swearers, lyars, gamesters (at cards or dice etc.) simulators (alias dicti, hypocrites) Idolaters, drunkards, gluttons, whoremongers (abusers of themselves with man or beast) manquellers (i.e. homicides) or suicides, proud, disloyall to the Crown, oppressors, cheaters, or any ways wickedly profane, or presumptuous, and customary sinners, I utterly deny it, in Thes: and on the faith of an honest Christian, I believe as I now write, and I never did reade or learne to the contrary. Yet for, and after all this; All of them had some faults rather to be termed omissions than comissions, their greatest & most frequent infirmity was to think men honest who professed sincerity and trueth, & therefore they sometimes trusted before they tryed; and were often more Generous than was needfull; and I know for certain, divers of them were imposed upon, cheated and ill rewarded, after protestations, and oaths of sincerity, fidelity, and kindness given to them: beyond which, no man can expect assurance without hostages.
    I haveing in this appollogy sufficiently provided against asspertions of my foregoing writeings, I shall now relate concerning other Montgomerys, for whom there can be no cause of suspicion.


    388

    THE MONTGOMERY MANUSCRIPTS.

    The first I name is Hugh Montgomeiy of Derrygonnelly10, where he lives gentily, within ten miles of Enniskillen; He is a Justice of Peace, and was a Capt of hors when ye fermanagh men defended that town & County from Justin McCarty11 comander of ye Irish, A 1689.
    Hee is the eldest son of Mr Nicholas Montgomery of Derrybrosk12 (near the said town) who was Lt in Sir Ja. Montg: Regimt after he was driven to flee for his life from ye Irish in A 1641. This Mr Nicholas is aged 84 yeares, and was made Mr of Arts in Glasgow, and his father was Mr Hugh Montg: whom our BP Geo setled there13, and made him receaver of his Rents, in that part of Clogher Dyoces. This Hugh dyed befor that ye rebellion broke out A 1641.
    This Nicholas had debentures in Irelland for service before the 5th of June 1649.14
    Robert his 2d son is a Lt in the Army and lives unmarryed with his father, he hath a good fortune, and is a proper well-bred man.15
    Andrew his third Son is a good preacher, hath wife and children and a good liveing and stock at Carrickmacross16, he is well Loved and in great respect.

    10 Of Derrygonnelly.-This gentleman is styled captain Hugh Montgomery in Hamilton?s Actions of the Enniskillen Men, p. 23; and also in McCormick?s Further Account of the Actions of the Enniskillen Men, pp. 34, 53. This Hugh Montgomery signed the memorable Declaration issued by the council of war held at Londonderry, on the 13th of April, 1689, requiring all who were able and willing to fight for their ?country and religion to assemble at Clady-Ford, Lifford, and Long Cassiway, bringing a week?s provision themselves, and as much forage as they can for horses.?
    11 Justin McCarty. -This was an experienced officer in the army of James II. In May, 1689, he was created viscount Mountcashel, and appointed Commander of the forces intended to reduce Enniskillen. Against the gallant defenders of that town, Mountcashel led three regiments of infantry and two of dragoons. In a battle near Newtown Butler, this force was almost annihilated, and its commander wounded and carried by the victorious Enniskilleners into the town, where he lay helpless, but carefully tended, for a long time. So soon as he had regained sufficient strength to attempt an escape, he laid his plans for this purpose, and succeeded. In Storey?s Impartial History, part i., p 51, there is the following brief account of this affair:-?The town of Enniskillen stands upon a lough, and the water came to the door of the house where he was confined, or very near it. He found means to corrupt a servant, and to get two small boats, called ?cots,? to carry him and his best moveables off by night.? He made his escape to the Continent, and died in 1694, at Barege, from the effect of wounds received at the battle of Chantilly in 1691.-D?Alton?s King James Irish Army List, pp. 490, 494.
    12 Of Derrybrosk.-See p. 99, supra.
    13 Bp Geo. Setled there.-See pp. 99-101, supra.
    14 5th of June 1649.-His debentures, so far as we can discover, were value for only 267 2s. 4d. -Irish Record Commission Reports, vol iii., p. 295.
    15 Well-bred man.-Lieutenant Robert Montgomery?s arrears of pay, amounting to 5O3 8s. 8d., were secured by a grant from the savings made out for him and others, in the name of William Montgomery, the author.-Irish Record Commissions Reports, vol iii, p. 306. This Lieutenant Robert Montgomery had the honour of bearing the standard at the funeral of the first viscount in 1636. See p. 134, note 33, supra.
    16 Carrickmacross. -The Rev. Andrew Montgomery, A.M., was admitted vicar of Maghe Rosse, or Carrickmacross, in the year i68o. He rebuilt the glebe house at Derryolim, as appears by a mutilated inscription found there in 1841. The old church of Maghe Ross was rebuilt in 1779. In the interior of its old tower is the following inscription, engraved on stone, with the crests of Barton, Hill, Montgomery, and a bishop?s mitre -

    ?THIS CHURCH WAS RUINED IN THE REVOLUTION OF 1641,
    AND REBUILT IN THE YEAR 1682,
    AT THE EXPENSE OF THE REV. DR. ROGER
    BOYLE OF CLOGHER, WILLIAM BARTON ESQR.
    ROBERT HILL, ESQR,
    AND ANDREW MONTGOMERY VICAR OF THIS PARISH.

    The area of the old church contains, among other sepalchral inscriptions, the following:

    Arms. In a lozenge, quarterly, 1 and 4. Three fleur de lis or Montgomery. 2 and 3, G. Three rings or, gemmed az. Eglinton.

    ?HERE LIETH THE BODY
    OF MRS. ELIZABETH MONTGO
    MERY DAUGHTER OF MR
    ANDREW MONTGOMERY
    MINISTER OF THIS PARISH
    WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
    THE 9TH DAY OF JUNE THE
    TWENTY THIRD YEAR OF HER
    AGE AND OF OUR LORD. 1726.?

    Among the church plate belonging to Carrickmacross is a small, silver cup, with the following inscription: ?Tbe Gift of the Reverend Mr. Andrew Montgomery to the Parish of Magheross for ye use of ye sick.? Arms. Montgomery, impaling three unicorns? heads, a mullet for difference. This clergyman was also admitted as vicar of the Parish of Magheracloone, in 1692. as appears from the registry of the bishop of Clogher. It is curious that a Nicholas Montgomery, A.M., a kinsman, no doubt, immediately preceded him in both charges, which he had held from the year 1664. In 1702, an Andrew Montgomery, probably the minister above-mentioned, was admitted rector of Killanny parish, which extends into the counties of Louth and Monaghan.-Shirley?s Account of Farney, pl 163, 164, 171, 172, 173.


    389

    THE MONTGOMERY MANUSCRIPTS.

    Hugh ye father of this Nich: was in esteem with our firstViscount,as being come of Braidstane,17 and his coat Armoriall (which I caused to be engraven on a silver penner, and bestowed to ye good Mr Nich: as he bad given a yonge mare for breed to my Son) is the same with ye bearimg of the old lairds of Braidstane with a distinction of a Cadet, but ye kindred I know not, ye coat is ye same with Bp: Geo: Sir Tho: montg:18 and Gransheoghs.
    This last Hugh the Ancestor used to make presents to ye said two Viscounts of fine colts or fillys, haveing had, (as his posterity still retain) a good breed of that sort and other Catall, he is mentioned p.54 as planted at derrybrosk aforsaid.
    Sir Ja: montg : when he courted his 2nd lady (margarit Sir Wm Coles19 daughter) stayd severall nights in this Hugh?s house, and ye morning he was Bridesgroom, went from thence, being attended by him and many Montg: (his tenents all well mounted) of which Surname I saw neare one hundred liveing within the 12 tates20 of Derrybrosk (the second Mr Nich: his land from ye church) when I was ther: looking for a troublesom reprizall.21
    Our present Hugh aforesaid is marryed to a beutifull granddaughter and heiress to Sir Jo:
    Durnbarr,22 and his estate, whereof Derrygonnelly is ye chief mansion place, besides with he hath his fathers, and his own purchases.
    I was in A i696 three nights in his new house (for ye old walls are not rebuilt) it is a pleasant seate, a River Running by it, within half a muskett shott, and thereon a corn and a tuck mill, in with
    one may walk dry in slippers, he hath a pretty garden, and a plantation of fruite trees, there to also a pretty litle chappell opposite to the house door, about nine score yards from it [to wch one may goe dry in like maner) built and endowed by Sir Jo: Dunbarr aforesaid, for a deacon to reap prayers, homilys, or preach in, when the weather is badd.
    I saw a rarity at that house, to witt a two edged sword of excellent metall, [which this Hugh never caused to be made) but had it [I have forgott what he told mee thereof] in ye late warr about Enniskillen. I am of ye opinion there is no smith in Ireland can forge so good a blade: Or I saw it severly tryed.
    The sword is inscribed on ye right hand side of the blade thus
    Robertus Bruschius } { pro christo } D : ER
    Scotorum Rex } i3io & on ye reverse side { et Patria. }

    17 Braidstane-Hugh, the founder of the Derrygonnelly branch, is supposed to have been a younger son of the fourth laird of Braidstane.
    18 Tho : montg : This Thomas permanently settled in the county of Leitrim, and was of the Braidstane branch also. In 1617, a Thomas Montgomery, then of Carrickfergus, received a grant of denization
    19 Sir W. Cole.-See p. 157, supra.
    20 12 tates. The Tate, or Tathe, was the land measure best known in the county of Fermanagh. It contained about thirty acres. Of forfeited lands there were in the county of Fermanagh 1070 tates, or 33,437 acres.
    21 Troublesome reprizall-William Montgomery, the author, obtained among other latds, to satisify his debentures, 741a. 3r. 33p. in the county of Fermanagh, one of the denominations being Lisderney, alias, Montgomerystown.-Irish Record Commission Reports, vol iii., p. 170.
    22 Dumbarr. Sir John Dunbar was an undertaker of lands in Fermanagh to the extent of 1,000 acres, called Drumere, where he built a bawne of stone and lime 8o feet in length, 45 in breadth, and 14 in height. In the time of Pynnar?s visit, in i6i8, the whole family of John Dunbar resided on this property, and also the families of nine tenants, two of whom had freeholds, and the others held leases of their lands. Pynnar?s Surrey in Harris?s Hibernica, p. 172. In, or about the year 1620, sir John Dunbar was high sheriff of Fermanagh. See The Spottiswood Miscellany, vol. i., pp. 19, 20.
  • Change Date: 6 Apr 2013 at 19:43:23



    Father: John?? MONTGOMERY b: ABT 1600 in Broadstane/Beith,Ayrshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Isabella SHAW b: 1640 in Scotland
    • Married: 1658
    Children
    1. Has No Children Hugh MONTGOMERY b: 1659 in Antrim, Ireland
    2. Has Children Robert MONTGOMERY b: 1660 in Glenarm, County Antrim, Northern Ireland c: in Aghadowey Presbyterian Church, Londonderry, Ireland
    3. Has No Children William MONTGOMERY b: 1661 in Antrim, Ireland

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