Homes in Ireland

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Scotish Undertakers in Ulster

  • HOME, ROBERT, of Blackhills: surety, Mr. John Home of Swansheill: 2,000 acres.
  • SIR JOHN HOME (in County Fermanagh).


  • 2000 acres to Sir John Home [Hume], Knt., Manderston, Berwickshire
  • 1500 acres to William Fowler, Esq., Sold to John Home, 26th July, 1615
  • 1000 acres to Alexander Home (brother of John), Berwickshire. Sold to Sir John Home

1611 Report on Mageriboy

  • Sir John Home, Knight, 2000 acres; has taken possession, returned to Scotland, nothing done, nor any agent present.
  • Alexander Home, took possession by attorney, done nothing else.

Pynnars 1619 Survey - Precinct of Magheriboy:

  • 2000 acres, Sir John Home; castle and bawn; a village near containing 24 families; 4 freeholders, 9 lessees, 11 cottagers; able to produce 30 men with arms.

According to An Historical Account of the Plantation in Ulster Sir John Home.—This undertaker was a son of Alexander Home of Manderston, in Berwickshire, and brother of the well-known Sir George Home, or Hume, who accompanied the King into England, and in 1605 was created Earl of Dunbar. This gentleman not only made his own fortune, but was the means of advancing two of his brothers—among other methods, by obtaining for them proportions of the escheated lands in Ulster. Sir George Hume is described as having been "a person of deep wit, few words ; and in his Majesty's service no less faithful than fortunate. The most difficile affairs he compassed without any noise, never returning, when he was employed, without the work performed that he was sent todo." (See Burke's Extinct Peerages, p. 289). His brother, Sir John, the undertaker in Fermanagh, appears to have migrated to London also. So early as August, 1603, when the King had not been there many months, this Scotch borderer obtained a licence to export 1,000 dickers of red hides, tanned, within two years. He soon afterwards obtained a pension of 2OO/. per annum, which he surrendered in 1611, no doubt according to agreement, and after he had got a provision for himself by the grant of these lands in Fermanagh. See Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, James I., August 17, 1603; and May 16, 1611. See also Sir John Hume of North Berwick

Muster Rolls

Muster Roll for County Donegal 1630

Barony de Rapho, Sr John Willson Barronet, undertaker of 2550 acres, his men and armes.
Gabraell Homes, John Homes

Barony de Rapho, Robert Harrington esqr. undertaker of 4,000 acres, his men and armes.
Swords only - James Homes

Barony de Rapho, Mr. Alexander Steward, undertaker of 1,000 acres, his men and armes.
William Home

Barony de Rapho, The Lo: Bpp of Rapho his churchlands being 2,700 acres, his men and armes.
Calleuer onely - William Home

Barony de Rapho, Mr. Cahoune Lard of Luce, undertaker of 1,000 acres, his men and armes.
David Hume

Barony de Rapho James conningham Esqr., undertaker of 1,000 acres, his men and armes.
Swords and Pikes - Adnarle Hoomes

1631 Muster Roll for the town of Strabane

  • John Home (sword and snaphance)
  • Gabraell Homes, younger (sword and snaphance)
  • George Homes (sword and snaphance)
  • John Homes (no armes)
  • John Humes (sword only)

1631 Muster Roll for County Fermanagh

Sir John Hume,knight undertaker of 3500 Acres, Barony de Magerbuy

  • Alex. Hume, sword
  • Patrick Hume, sword and halbert

Hearth Money Rolls for Donegal County in 1665

  • John Homes of Drumay, Taghboyne Parish
  • John Homes, Sr of Momein, Taghboyne Parish
  • John Homes, Jr of Momein, Taghboyne Parish
  • John Homes of Momein, Taghboyne Parish
  • John Homes of Tulliveny, Raphoe Parish
  • James Homes of Assmoyne, Raphoe Parish
  • John Homes of Assmoyne, Raphoe Parish
  • Gabriel Homes of Avernook, Raphoe Parish
  • Robert Homes of Killineur Estates, Donoughmore Parish
  • William Home of Killineur Estates, Donoughmore Parish
  • John Homes of Churchland, Donoughmore Parish
  • John Homes of Leck Parish

Presbyterian Ministers

From the Fasti of the Irish Prebyterian Church by James McConnell

Records of Derry Cathedral, Templemore

  • Elizabeth Homes daughter of Rowland Homes christened 11 JAN 1649
  • Robert Homes son of Thomas Homes christened 7 MAR 1654
  • Elizabeth Holmes married John Jenkins 24 JUL 1656
  • John Holmes son of John Holmes christened 17 MAY 1673

Collin's Peerage of England

John Ponsouby, of Kilmallock, Esq. married Margaret, daughter of Thomas Holmes, brother to Sir Robert Holmes, of the Isle of Wight, and to Sir John Holmes, Governor of Usk castle, but left no issue.

Dictionary of National Biography. Vol:IX. (OUP : 1921-22)

Robert Holmes "...It does not appear that Holmes was ever married; he had no legitimate children; and by his will, after making ample provision for an illegitimate daughter, Mary Holmes, he demised the bulk of his property to his nephew, Henry, son of his eldest brother, Thomas Holmes of Kilmallock, co. Limerick, subject to the condition that he married the illegitimate daughter within eighteen months. The marriage was duly carried out....Mary, Mrs. Holmes, was buried at Yarmouth on 7 March 1760, aged 82."

Holmes Family Papers at Clement's Library, University of Michigan

Background note: Nathaniel Holmes emigrated from Strabane, Ireland, to the Philadelphia area sometime prior to August 1791. Having apparently emigrated for economic reasons, Nathaniel was not venturing into uncharted territory -- his brother, John, had already settled in Pennsylvania, though he died shortly after Nathaniel's arrival. While his mother, Isabella, and siblings, Gabriel and Elizabeth Weir remained in Ireland, Nathaniel married and raised a family in America, and evidently prospered enough that he was able to send money to his Irish relatives. A Gabriel Holmes is listed in the Philadelphia city directory for 1809, suggesting that he, too, may have joined the Irish exodus.

Scope and contents: The Holmes Family Papers consists of twelve letters written by Isabella Holmes, Gabriel Holmes, and Elizabeth Weir addressed to Nathaniel Holmes between 1791 and 1805. These letters document the abysmal economic conditions in northern Ireland and the consequent stream of immigration to the United States. The dismemberment of families through immigration and the sense that relatives might never see one another again pervades the Holmes letters. The letters, particularly, Isabella's, are written in halting English, but provide useful examples of Irish-English dialect.

Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde - Historical Manuscript Commission

Dublin Castle, 29 November 1667.—Upon consideration of the annexed petition of Lucina Homes, wife of William Homes, aud the certifycate of our very good Lord, the Lord Chief Baron and John Povey, Esquire, one of the Barons of his Majestie's Court of Exchequer, the Judges of Assize before whom the said William Homes vas tryed,. bearing date the 18th of February, 1666[-7], and made in pursuance of our order of reference given on the petition of the said Lucina the 31 of January, 1666[-7], we are pleased, as to the fine imposed on the said William Homes, to recommend him to his Majestie's Commissioners for Reducement of Fines, for such rediicement as they shall conceive to bee fit, and when the said fine shall be so reduced and paid or secured as tht- said Commissioners shall finde cause to direct, the said William Home,- is to be set at liberty, he first giveing security for the good behaviour, as by the said Judges of Assize was ordered ; whereof the officers whom it may concerne are to take notice.—ORMONDE."

4 December 1667. Samuel Burdett.—" That your petitioner's wife before intermarriage did let unto one Thomas Homes a house and back-side in St. Stephen's street, Dublin, for the terme of 31 yeares, paying therefor the summe of £6150 quarterly for the first three quarters, and £450 quarterly for the remainder of the said terme. That the said Mr. Homes after he had lived in the said house three quarters of a yeare or thereabouts, conveyed his goods away and left the house without giveing your petitioner satisfaction, Now, soe it is, that the said Mr. Homes being a soldier in the Right Honourable the Lord of Kingston's troope,: and now attending in this citty for orders, your petitioner cannot have remedy against him at the Common Law, without lycence first obtained from your Grace. The petitioner therefore humbly prayeth your Grace's order whereby your petitioner may have remedy against the said Thomas Homes at the Common Law, notwithstanding his military employment. And the petitioner, etc. " Dublin Castle, 4 December, 1667.—We pray our very good Lord, the Lord Baron of Kingston, Lord President of the Province of Conaght to examine this matter, and of what he shall find due to the petitioner by Thomns Homes within named to cause satisfaction to be made by the said Homes out of the next intertainment that is or shall be due to the said Homes as one of the horse troope under his Lordship's command.—ORMONDE."

Abercorn Letters

Tenants of the Baronscourt estate having holdings in the town of Strabane 16 Aug 1693 From The Abercorn letters as relating to Ireland- 1713-1836 by John H Gebbie

  • Anderson, John
  • Hamilton James
  • Hamilton Patrick
  • Henderson William
  • Holmes Thomas
  • Lawes Samuel
  • Love John
  • McCausland Oliver
  • McFarland Walter
  • McGee James
  • Newburgh Ann
  • Parke Andrew
  • Robinson Robert

Also from the Abercorn letters..... 1789 Memorial of the inhabitants of Strabane to John James Earl of Abercorn We inhabitants.... thank you for donation to the poor fund....signed Adam Harvey Curate of Camus

  • John Holmes
  • Jas Hamilton
  • Claud Hamilton


1649 Officers

  • John Homes
  • Lieut. Alexander Holmes
  • Alexander Holmes
  • Qr. Mr. James Holmes
  • Ens. James Holmes
  • John Holmes
  • Thomas Holmes
  • Ens. William Holmes
  • William Holmes
  • Capt. Lieut. John Hume
  • Patrick Hume
  • Patrick Humes

Names in the Grants: Acts of Settlement

  • Thomas Holme
  • Sir Robert Holmes
  • Patrick Humes

Soldiers of the Commonwealth in Ireland

  • Capt. Thomas Holmes, Wexford

War of the Three Kingdoms in Ireland


Col Robert Home’s 1642-1644 /Col John Maxwell’s 1645/Col Robert Home’s 1646-1648
(white saltire on green background)
(conjecture: incorporated Earl of Leven’s Lifeguard Company of Foot)
Ireland 1642-1644
1642 Newry
1642 Leven’s expeditions
1643 Carrickfergus Garrison
1643 Claneboys Wood expedition
1643 Siege of Newcastle
1644 Seizure and occupation of Belfast
1644 Leinster expedition
1644 Castlehaven campaign
Scotland 1645 (in red coats)
1646 Home returns to Ireland to command regiment
1645 Benburb
1648 Sent contingent under Col George Monro to Scotland
1648 Disbanded by Monck after Robert Monro’s capture


Thomas Holmes was tenant of the Earl of Abercorn in the town of Strabane in 1693

Robert Homes d.1694 buried Enniskillen