Name: James Galbraith
Birth: in Of Balgair, Scotland
MEM: Millibrack, co Armagh: tombstone
Note: 1 2 1|
Change Date: 12 MAR 2011
Emigrated from Scotland to Ireland about 1614. Was the first known Galbraith resident in Ireland.
This James Galbraith of Balgair moved his family to Donegal in Ulster in 1614/15.
The Wrays of Donegal, Londonderry, and Antrim, by Charlotte V. Trench is a well-researched book and includes many Galbraith marriage connections but unfortunately, most of the connections (including with the Gores, Sampsons and Stewarts) were with Galbraith brides and their descendants, so, while of interest, of little value to the chief search. The book (p. 91) is also the main source of the information on James Galbraith, identified as the ?Gudman of Balgair? and the reference to his eldest son James as having signed the death certificate of Sir Archibald Acheson as a ?kinsman?. The identification by Galbraith researchers of the Gudman as James Galbraith, son of Humphrey and Isobel (Cunningham) and husband of Mary (Buchanan), while controversial among some researchers [it seems to conflict with the conclusion below], is now generally accepted.
(www.clangalbraith.org May 2007 Newsletter)
James Galbraith in Balgair (1593) is said, probably, to be a son of Robert Galbraith, "brother german of the late Andrew Galbraith of Gylcruuch." This is evidently correct, and is supported by the following evidence. James Galbraith in Balgair and Andrew Galbraith in Tomdarroch are mentioned many times together. They both appear as being implicated along with others in the slaughter of Robert Lindsay (1533-94) (vide, "Strathendrick," p. 232); and again in the Register of the Privy Council there is this entry:-Caution in £2,000 by Robert Galbraith of Culcreuch as principal and Alexander Seyton of Gargunnok as surety for him (that he would not intercommune with any of the surname of Buchanan, Macgregor or Macfarlane, fugitives from the laws for criminal causes). The bond was presented for registration by Francis Galbraith, "Panniter" to his Majesty, as procurator for the parties and subscribed at Gargunnok, 18th May, 1593, before James Galbraith in Bolgair, Andro Galbraith in Tomdarroch, William Galbraith, Steward in Culcreuch, and George Auld, minister and notary public.
Andrew Galbraith married Isabell Cunningham, widow of Humphrey Galbraith in Balgair, who had died in 1578. (Testament)
James Galbraith, Gudman of Balgair who departed this lyfe the 3 of No. Anno domini 1618 (tombstone in the churchyard of Millibrack in Co Armagh.)
James had 5 sons, James, John, William, Humphrey and Robert.
James (son of James) and Robert were officers in the Army and became colonels.
James Galbraith had a daughters, Rebecca who was maried to Andrew Hamilton, Elizabeth married to James Galbraith, Gent, Angell married to Hugh Hamilton, Gent and Margaret married to William Hamilton.
Robert Galbraith married Jane Coningham of Castle Coningham. Their descendents: Margery who married Lt. William Hamilton of Ballyfatten, Rebecca, married to Andrew Knox of Rathmullen, and Lettice married Henry Wray of Castle Wray. He also had a son James. This James Galbraith had three daughters Jane married to Archibald Richardson, esq, Isabella since married to Andrew Hamilton, the younger, and Ann married to John Sinclair.
Humphrey Galbraith bought the Manor of Corkagh in Co Donegal from Sir John Colquhoun in 1637. Humphrey Galbraith was married to Isabell Gore, daughter of Sir Daniel Gore. They had three daughters: Lettice, Mariana and Angel.
?GALBRAITH OF BALGAIR ... Humphrey, and died in 1673, leaving issue six daus. ...
and the parentage of James Galbraith, probably the same ...?
(Notes and Queries 1879 - Page 198)
How does this fit?:
Son of Robert Galbraith, a Lord of Session in Scotland, [Robert Galbraith 17th and last chief of the Clan Galbraith who fled to Ireland to escape his debts and the hangmans noose. He died in Ireland abt 1649. His son Humphrey Galbraith was an Archdeacon of Clogher Diocese.] according to a Pedigree Resource file submitted by George Rennick.
After considering all possibilities, including the reference to "James Galbraith of the House of Bogeare" in Bartram Galbraith's memorandum, I now think that James Galbraith, Gudman of Balgair, who died in 1618, was the son of Humphrey Galbraith of Balgair and Isabel Cunningham, the father of at least four sons of his own
Father: Humphrey Galbraith
Mother: Isobel Cunningham
- Robert Galbraith
- Humphrey Galbraith
- Text: The 1718 Galbraiths
The Red Tower, Clan Galbraith Association, Vol. XXX. No 4, ISSN 1059-426 August 2009
- Text: www.clangalbraith.org