Adair of Bellegrove
ADAIR, GEORGE, Esq. of Bellegrove, and Rath, Queen's County, b. 13 Sept. 1784; m. 16 May, 1822, Elizabeth, 2nd dau. of the Very Rev. Thos. Trench, Dean of Kildare, 2nd brother of the late Lord Ashtown, and by her, who d. 21 March, 1823, has an only son,
JOHN-GEORGE, J.P. Cos. Tipperary and Donegal, b. 3 March, 1823.
Mr. Adair, who s. his father 14 July, 1809, is J.P. and D.L. for the Queen's County, and was high. sheriff in 1822.
Lineage.-The traditional origin of the ADAIRS of Bellegrove is this:
THOMAS, the 6th Earl of Desmond, having gone on a hunting expedition, lost his way, and was benighted between Tralee and Newcastle, co. Limerick, where he was received and hospitably entertained by William M'Cormic, whose dau. he subsequently married. At this alliance his family and clan, it is said, were much offended, and compelled him to fly to France, and resign his title and estates to his younger brother, in 1418. He d. of grief at Rouen, A.D. 1420, the king of England attending his funeral. The family account proceeds to state that his grandson,
ROBERT, returning to Ireland, with the hope of regaining his family title and estates, killed Gerald, the White Knight (2nd son of Gerald, the then Earl of Desmond) in single combat, at Athdare (Ford of the Oaks), co. Limerick, but was subsequently defeated, and fled to Scotland, where he assumed the name of ADAIRE.
THOMAS ADAIRE, Esq. (son of Archlbald Adaire), m. Mary Hamilton, of the Scotch noble family, and settled in the Queen's County, his patrimonial estates being much diminished, In consequence of his father having been attainted by King JAMES. He had issue, Archibald, William, John, Robert, and a large family, all of whom d. without issue, except
ARCHIBALD ADAIRE, Esq., who m. in 1731, Jane, dau. of Mark Antony Chateneuf, and had issue, 1 John; 2 Mark Antony, d. young; 1 Mary, d. unm. The eldest son,
JOHN ADAIR, Esq. of Rath, Queen's County, m. 26 Feb. 1776, Rebecca, eldest child of George Maquay, of the city of Dublin, Esq., and his wife Elizabeth, dau. of Eccles Disney, Esq. of Churchtown, co. Waterford, and dying 14 July, 1809, left issue,
I. GEORGE, heir to his father.
II:. John. b. 3 Jan 1792; d. unm. 3 Jan. 1839.
II. Jane, m. to F.-W. Fortescue, of Miltown Grange, co. Louth, Esq.
Arms-Per bend, or and arg., three dexter hands, couped at the wrist, two and one, gu.
Crest-A man's head, couped and bloody, ppr.
Motto-Loyal au mort.
Seats-Bellegrove, Ballybrittas, and Glenveagh, co. Donegal.
a.k.a. Burke's Landed Gentry, 1862