Person:Edward Archdale (1)

Edward Archdale
m. 14 Jan 1601
  1. Edward Archdale1604 - 1641
  2. Mary Archdale1605 -
  3. Venerable Martin Archdale1607 - bef 1660
  4. Venerable John Archdale1610 - 1674
  5. Barbara Archdale1613 -
Facts and Events
Name Edward Archdale
Gender Male
Christening[1] 15 Apr 1604 Darsham, Suffolk, England
Death[1] 1641 County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Edward Archdale is traditionally supposed to have been amongst the party of Protestant gentry of County Fermanagh, whom Rory Maguire had planned to murder, whilst they were enjoying his hospitality at Crevinish Castle. The intention of Maguire, and the other rebels at Crevinish, was to fall upon the party after dinner, when they had drunk plenty of wine, and massacre them all. The plot was, however, frustrated by a timely warning whispered by a serving man named Coughlin, who thus enabled the guests to make their escape.

It is certain, at least, that Edward Archdale was in possession of the family estates at the time of Sir Phelim O'Neill's rebellion in 1641, when the old Castle of Archdale was destroyed by the rebels under Rory Maguire, and all the owner's children are said to have perished, except the boy William. Tradition relates that nine Archdale children perished in the Castle, and that the youngest child was saved by his nurse. [Memoirs, p13]

Despite a tradition to the contrary, it is probable that Edward Archdale did not survive the 1641 Rebellion ; as there is no trace of him in the family papers or other records after 1641, and it is certain that he did not reach an old age. He married Angel, second daughter of Sir Paul Gore, 1st Baronet, of Manor Gore, by whom he had his son and successor, William.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Archdale, Henry Blackwood. Memoirs of the Archdales : with the descents of some allied families. (Enniskillen: Wm. Trimble, 1925), pp 12-14.