Adair Papers

c.650 documents, c.75 photographs and 2 volumes, 1606-1928, deriving from the Adair family of Loughanmore, Donegore, Co. Antrim and from the related families of Clements of Clements Hill, Straid, Co. Antrim, Ellis of Prospect, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, and Crymble of Ballygallagh, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, to the estates of whom the Adairs fell heir in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The papers record births and deaths but consist mainly of title deeds, deeds of settlement, wills and leases relating to: property in Carrickfergus, Ahoghill, Portglenone, Ballyclare, Belfast, Bruslee, Coggrey, Donegore and 'Kneel', Co. Antrim; property at Ballygowan, Dromore, Edenderry, etc., Co. Down; property in Lurgan and in other places in Co. Armagh and also at Killymaddy, Co. Tyrone.

There are a number of very early wills and probates such as that of Edward Clements of Straid, Co. Antrim, 1627 and the will and probate (both 1672) of Thomas Lea of His Majesty's Council Chamber, Dublin.

The collection also includes some municipal material, 1609 and 1659-1833, relating to the county borough of Carrickfergus of which members of the family were frequently mayors.; and letters patent and financial.


The collection's principal strength lies in the richness of the estate material for a large area of Co. Antrim covering three centuries.

Physical characteristics

c720 items, 1606-1928, comprising a range of documents, volumes, maps and photographs occupying 20 PRONI boxes.

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/3860 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.




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