Weir Family History

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 Alexander Nicholl Weir

This site has been written by a direct descendant of Alexander Nicholl Weir and contributed to by family members. Research has been as thorough as possible from various sources and is as accurate as possible. 

 

 

 

The information contained within is as accurate as we know. Although ancestors can be more easily traced from the 16th. Century, when the recording of births, marriages, and deaths became obligatory, some information from Normandy and the post-Conquest period of England, derived from monastic charters, was subject to creative composition, designed to enhance the prestige of those influencing its writing. Much earlier sources of evidence, the Pictish Chronicles, and works of such Roman historians as Tacitus, are also not proven in the scientific sense; thus those seeking certainty in accounts of ancient genealogy are in the wrong area of research.

Raymond de Vere, Count of Anjou, a.k.a. Rainfroi de Vere, b.c. 705, married, in 733, Melusine de Lusina. She was the daughter of Elinas, King of the Picts, b. c. 690, and Bruithina MacBrude, b. c. 700, and, thus, was a princess of the southern Picts of Alba. Her totem tribal badge was the Dragon, hence the fairytale connotations. The Dragon Motif was depicted in 1200 AD. on the seal of Hugh de Vere, whilst the Blue Boar, a Druidic caste badge, was [n.b.] derived from the family of Raymond de Vere.

Their son was Count Maelo de Vere, b. c. 735, commander of Emperor Charlemagne's army. From Maelo's own marriage to Charlemagne's sister, Bertha Martel, sprang a succession of Earls of Genney. Maelo's brother was Roland, for whom "Song of Roland" was written.

In the Arthurian and Magdalene traditions of the Ladies of the Lake, Melusine was a fountain fey - an enchantress of the Underwood. Her fountain at Verrières en Forez was called Lusina - meaning Light-bringer - from which derived the name of the Royal House of Lusignan - the Crusader Kings of Jerusalem. The Fount of Melusine was said to be located deep within a thicket wood in Anjou. She was also known as Melusina, Melouziana de Scythes, Maelasanu, and The Dragon Princess.

Melusina, The Dragon Princess

 

In the 12th Century, Melusine's descendant, Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford, and legal pretender to the Earldom of Huntingdon, was appointed as King Richard's steward of the forest lands of Fitzooth. As Lord of the Greenwood, and titular Herne of the Wild Hunt, he was a popular people's champion , and, as a result, he was outlawed for taking up arms against King John. It was he who, subsequently styled Robin Fitzooth, became the prototype for the popular tales of Robin Hood.

Bruithina MacBrude was the daughter of Brude MacBeli, King of the Picts b. c. 680. He defeated Ecgfrith, King of Northumbria, at Nechtansmere, located on low ground known today as Dunnichen Moss, situated at the foot of Dunnichen Hill, 4 miles east of Forfar.

Brude MacBeli, King of the Picts, was the son of Beli MacNeithon, b. c. 630.

Beli MacNeithon, King of Strathclyde, was the son of Nechtan MacGwyddno, b. c. 600.

Nechtan MacGwyddno, King of Strathclyde, was the son of Gwyddno Garuntar MacCawrdrar, b. c. 560.

Gwyddno Garanir MacCawrdrar, King of Strathclyde, was the son of Cawrdar MacGarwynwyn, b. c.520.

Cawrdar MacGarwynwyn, King of Dumbarton, was the son was the son of Garwynwyn Gervinion MacDyfnwal, b. c. 495.

Garwynwyn Gervinion MacDyfnwal, King of Dumbarton, was the son of Dyfnwal Hen MacCinnuit, b.c. 470.

Dyfnwal Hen MacCinnuit, King of Dumbarton, was the son was the son of Cinuit MacCoroticus b. c. 435.

Cinuit MacCoroticus, King of Dumbarton, was the son of Coroticus MacCynloup, b. c. 400.

Coroticus MacCynloup, King of Dumbarton, was the son of Cynloup MacCinhilson, b. c. 375.

Cynloup MacCinhilson, King of Dumbarton, was the son of Cinhil, King of Dumbarton, b. c. 335.

Cinhil, King of Dumbarton, was the son of Cluim, King of Dumbarton, b. c. 305.

Cluim, King of Dumbarton, was the son of Cursalem, King of Dumbarton, b. c. 275 .

Cursalem, King of Dumbarton, one of Constantine The Great's generals, was the son of Fer, King of Dumbarton, b. c. 235.

Fer, King of Dumbarton, was the son of Art `Vroisc', King of Dumbarton, b. c. 200.

Art `Vroisc', King of Dumbarton, was the son of Corvus, 1st King of Dumbarton, b. c. 160.

Corvus, 1st King of Dumbarton, was the son of Quintus, 5th. King of the Picts, b. c. 120.

Quintus, 5th. King of the Picts, was the son of Art Cois, b. c. 85.

Art Cois, who married a Pictish princess, was the son of Guidgen, the Welsh Gwyddien ap Caradog, b. c. 50.Guidgen, was the son of Caratacus, King of Britain, b. c. 20; resistance leader, 43-50 AD; died in exile in Rome, 54 AD.

Caratacus, King of Britain.

 

 

The Kingdom of Strathclyde.

The Kingdom of Strathclyde was founded in 148 AD. by Corvus, descended from the hero-king Caratacus, who rebelled against the Romans, raised a following of British patriots, and established himself at Alclyde - Ail Cluathe, i.e., Castle Rock. This fortified settlement developed into the city of Dumbarton - Dun Bretan, i.e. Fort of the Britons - situated on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde.

In 148 AD., Corvus, the senior heir of the old British pre-Roman royal house, founded the British Free State, which eventually evolved into a regional kingdom in Scotland, i.e., the Kingdom of Strathclyde. Corvus of Roman history may be identified with Corbed of Scottish History, called the first King of Scotland in some Scottish annals. 

The attacks on Roman Britain by the Strathclyde Britons under Corvus forced the Romans to temporarily abandon the Antonine Wall, and withdraw to Hadrian's Wall. Corvus was killed in battle, in 184 AD, fighting the Roman general Ulpius Marcellus.

The descendants of Corvus reigned at Dumbarton, beyond the Roman border, as an independent line of kings rivalling the client-kings of Roman Britain, and were the ancestors of the later Kings of Strathclyde [543-889], surviving the Roman Era until the close of the early Middle Ages.

 

The Descendants of Maelo de Vere and Bertha Martel.

Maelo de Vere II., b. c. 760, m. Avelina de Nantes, b. c. 770.

Nicassius de Vere, b. c.825, m. Agatha de Champagne, b. c. 840.

Otho de Vere, b. c. 860, m. Constance de Montlheri, b. c. 875.

Aurelius de Vere, b. c. 890, m. Helena de Blois, b. c. 900.

Gallus de Vere, b. c. 930, m. Gertrude de Clermont, b. c. 950.

Manassus de Vere, b. c. 970, m. Petronilla de Boulogne, b. c. 985.

Alphonso de Vere, b. c. 1000, Hedingham, Essex. He was Councilor to Edward the Confessor, King of England.

Aubrey de Vere I., 1035-1088, m. Beatrice of Ghent, b. c. 1050. Aubrey comes from the Teutonic name Alberic, or elf-ruler.

Aubrey de Vere II., 1075-15/5/1141, m. Adelisa de Clare, b. c. 1095. She was a descendant of Gilbert de Brionne, son of Duke Richard I. of Normandy, whose ancestry can be traced to the Norwegian Jarls of More, of whom many of the Royal Houses of Europe claim descent.

Aubrey de Vere III., 1115-26/12/1194, m. Lucy Agnes Abrincas, b. c. 1130.

Aubrey de Vere I. came to England with William the Conqueror, his brother-in-law, by whom he was given vast estates, consisting of manors in the counties of Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Middlesex. The de Veres were also Lords of Cheniston, now Kensington, London, and Earl's Court.

Thus, the name Weir, like many lowland Scottish names, is of Norman origin, deriving from their ancestral village of Ver, near Bayeaux, and the River Vire, in Manche, on the Normandy coast of present-day northern France. The name of the town itself came from ver, a Norse word meaning fish dam, that the Vikings had introduced into Normandy, and etymologically akin to the Old English word weir, meaning a fish dam, and originally spelled both Wier and Wear, hence the diverse spellings of the family name

Aubrey de Vere married Beatrice, half-sister of William the Conqueror. He founded Earl's Colne Priory in 1105, and, after the death of Beatrice, he took vows as a monk. He died in 1088, and was buried in the church of Earls Colne Priory. He is also said to be responsible for laying out four new vineyards in England, one being at Hedingham, where wild red grapes have been found several times during the last century.

He and his wife had five sons: Aubrey de Vere II., Geoffrey de Vere, Roger de Vere, Robert de Vere, and William de Vere. Aubrey de Vere II. was responsible for building the great castle-keep at Hedingham. Aubrey married Adelisa de Clare, daughter of Gilbert FitzRichard, lord of Clare, and grand-daughter of Count Hugh de Clermont..

Aubrey de Vere II. was favoured by Henry I., and in 1133 was made Great High Chamberlain of England. While serving as joint sheriff of Surrey, Aubrey was slain during a riot in London, on May 15, 1141. He was buried in Colne Priory. Aubrey de Vere II. had four sons: Aubrey de Vere III., Robert de Vere, Geoffrey de Vere, and William de Vere.

Aubrey de Vere III. was a crusader, who was known as Aubrey the Grim, perhaps because of his height and stern appearance. He married [1] Euphemia Cantilupe, daughter of William de Cantilupe, by whom he had no issue, and [2] Lucia Abrincis, a.k.a. Agnes of Essex, daughter and heiress of William de Abrincis. See W.H. Turton, The Plantagenet Ancestry, p.113, 1928.

Ralph de Vere, b. c. 1150.

Ralph de Vere was either a younger son of Aubrey de Vere III. and Lucia Abrincis, or his second son, who lost  his right to the Earldom of Oxford as a result of opposing Henry II, the earldom passing to his younger brother, Robert. Please note: Ralph de Vere was also known as Radulphus de Vere and Baltredus de Vere.

It appears that Ralph de Vere is the first of the name recorded in Scotland. He was taken prisoner along with Richard the Lion in 1174; he later witnessed a charter by King William I. of Scotland, sometime between 1174 and 1184. During the same period he gifted a bovate of land in Sprouston, Roxburgh, to the Abbey of Kelso; his brother, Robert de Vere, was a witness to this charter. The Weirs of Blackwood, Lanarkshire, claim their descent from this Ralph de Vere. n.b. The Weir succession from Ralph de Vere to Rothaldus Weir of Blackwood  is fully detailed in the charters of Kelso Abbey. See Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, pp. 475-476, 1899. See George Vere Irving, The Upper Ward of Lanarkshire, 1864.

Ralph de Vere was a follower of Conan IV., Duke of Brittany, who held claim to the English throne as a great-grandson of Henry I. When Henry II. conquered Brittany, Conan and his followers  took refuge in Scotland, Conan marrying the sister of King William I. of Scotland. Ralph de Vere was awarded vast estates in Lanarkshire, where the following descendants were to establish themselves:

His son was Walter Weir, b. c. 1190. His son was Radulphus Weir, 1225-1296. His son was Thomas Weir, b. c. 1256. His son was Richardus Weir, 1280-1314. His son was Thomas Weir, 1310-1371, of Blackwood, Lanarkshire. A 1314 charter of Kelso Abbey states: 'This Thomas is the first recorded proprietor of the lands of Blackwood.' This possession was inherited by his son Buan Weir, 1340-1390, whose son was Rothaldus Weir, b. 1368.

Rothaldus Weir, 1st. Laird of Blackwood, was Bailie of Lesmahagow, 1398-1400, and in the latter year, Abbot Patrick, who styled him 'Well-beloved and faithful', granted him half of the church lands of Blackwood and Dermoundyston, with Stonebyres, Archtyfardle, and the whole of Mossmynyne. For Blackwood he was to pay 3s. 4.d annually, and for the other lands, 13s 4d.. That Mossmynyne was an important possession is apparent from the yearly payment required for it. Mossmynyne was a district between Harperfield and Coultershogle. The Weir estate of Blackwood, as stated, had been held by the family for some time previous to 1400. The Veres of Stonebyres and Archtyfardle and Mossmynemion were branches of the Weirs of Blackwood. In the 16th. Century, an old feud between the Weirs of Blackwood and their cousins the Veres of Stonebyres was supposedly ended when the Veres swore allegiance to the Weirs of Blackwood.

The Weirs, though not one of the original Highland Clans, are recognized as a sept of both clan Buchannan and clan MacNaughton i.e. Mac Nachtan At some later date they were recognized as a sept of the MacFarlane clan. Since the Weirs held their own land, they became a sept by way of marriage and alliance.

The Weirs are also known as an Armigerous Family, meaning they have the right to bear their own heraldic arms. Their heraldic arms have been registered by, and are recognized by the Lyon Court and the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.

The Scottish Weir motto remains the same as the English de Vere motto: 'Vero nihil verius', also written as 'Vero nil Verius.' This can be translated as 'Nothing truer than truth', or, alternately, 'Truth nothing but the truth.' And the Weir crest is based on the de Vere crest of the blue boar.

The son of Rothaldus Weir was Thomas Weir, b. c. 1400, 2nd. Laird of Blackwood. His son was Robert Weir, 1425-1479, 3rd. Laird of Blackwood. His son was Thomas Weir, 1462-1531, 4th. Laird of Blackwood. He married Aegida Somerset alias Somerville, b. 1463, of Carnwath, Lanarkshire. She was the daughter of John, 3rd Lord Somerville, of Cowthally, and Marion Baillie.

John, 3rd Lord Somerville, of Cowthally, was born c. 1406 in Cowthally Castle, Carnwath, and died Nov. 1491. He was buried in St Mary's Aisle, Carnwath. He was the son of William, 2nd. Lord Somerville, of Cowthally, and Janet Mowat.

Marion Baillie was born c. 1430 in Lamington, Ayrshire, Scotland, and died after Jan. 1505/06. She was the daughter of William VI. Baillie, Laird of Lamington, and Margery Hamilton.

[n.b. There is an oft quoted assumption, based on poetic composition, that the Baillies of Lamington, were descended from Sir William Wallace: Sir William Wallace is believed to have had a daughter, said to have married Sir William Baillie of Hoprig. There is not any probatory evidence to support this connection. Charter evidence shows Lamington to have been granted to the Baillie family, rather than it having been acquired through marriage to a daughter of  Sir William Wallace. In like fashion, baseless tradition claims that Sir Malcolm Wallace of Elderslie was the father of Sir William Wallace. However, recent evidence - arising from the dicovery of David Wallace's seal - identifies William as the son of Alan Wallace of Ayrshire, who appears in the Ragman Roll of 1296 as 'crown tenant of Ayrshire.']

William 2nd Lord Somerville , of Cowthally, was born c. 1388 in Cowthally Castle, and died there 20/8/1456. He was buried in St Mary's Aisle. He was the son of Thomas, 1st Lord Somerville , of Cowthally, and Janet Stewart.

Thomas Weir and Aegida Somerset had issue: [1] James Weir, who wed Lady Euphemia Hamilton. She was of Merovingian descent, sister of the Duke of Chatelherault, Marquess of Hamilton, 5th. grandson of King Edward III. The Hamiltons were the Heirs Presumptive to the Throne of Scotland during this period. [2] Duncan Weir, b. c. 1490, of Blackwood, who died en route to Holland. His son was Reverend Malcolm Weir, b, c. 1515. He married Miss Wyseart, daughter of the Laird of Kirkcaldie. His son was David Weir, b. c. 1555, who was a guildsman. His guildmark was the same as the crest of the Weirs of Blackwood, a hand holding a battleaxe. His son was another David Weir, b. c. 1590, whose son, John Weir, 1633-1697, married Jane Adams, 1644-1681, on moving to Northern Ireland in 1664. He should not to be confused with his cousins, also so named.

A history in an old family bible, as preserved by oral tradition, states that Jane Adams was of the family of Henry Adams, 21/1/1582-6/10/1646, great-great-grandfather of President John Adams of America. John Adams is regarded as one of the most important Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Before becoming the second President of the United States, John Adams served as the Vice-President under President George Washington. Prior to that, John Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from Massachusetts.

His ancestor, Henry Adams, had been invited to Antrim in the 1630s to fight on the side of Prebyterian dissenters against the English, who wished to impose conformity to the Church of England. He was given a military rank in the rebels militia. The tradition states that Jane Adams was his niece, the daughter of an accompanying brother. The Adams family had their origins in Barton St. David, Somerset, England. Henry Adams was the son of John Adams, 1555-19/3/1603, and Agnes Stone, 1576-1615. Henry and all his known ancestors were Yeomen famers. Henry was also a maltster. He died in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, having gone there in 1638. He was known popularly as The Founder of New England, probably because of the extraordinary number [89] of his grandchildren.

The English saw Ireland as a back door route by which its European Catholic enemies could threaten its independence, and sought to populate it with English, and particularly, Scottish settlers. In general, the Scottish settlers were poor and downtrodden Many were Presbyterians, and, at the time, Presbyterians were discriminated against by the State: Presbyterians were excluded from certain professions - law and the military - and there were restrictions on their ownership of land. Also, Ministers of the Presbyterian Church were not allowed to marry their own flock.

John Weir and Jane Adams were the parents of Robert Weir, b. 1666, of Straid, Antrim.  His son was David Weir, b.1702. He was the father of  David Weir, 1722-23/6/1797, and Elizabeth Weir, 1728-29/7/1808, who married, 1752, George Acheson, 3/4/1720-11/7/1812, of Markethill, Armagh. David Weir was the father of David Weir, b. 1748, James Weir, b. 1750, and William Weir, b. 1752.

This account is one of a single family, yet those mentioned herein obviously had many siblings. Thus, many of these Weir families became established around Ballymena, in the townlands of Straid, Glebe, Gloonan, Ballyminstra, and Ballymackilroy, most of which are in Ahoghill parish. They tended to intermarry within a small circle of other families. Weirs became closely associated with the families of McDowell, Boyd, Nicholl, and Bankhead, as examples, with many males of each family having as a middle name that of an associated family. These associations were continued after emigration. An example of this is given by the family of Archibald Weir corresponding with the family of Matthew Boyd, see later, after they emigrated to America in 1818.

David Weir, b. 1748, was the father of Robert Weir, 1770-27/2/1857, who married, 1815, [2] Martha Telford, 1790-1872. Robert Weir owned the old corn mills at Straid. He was not the first of his lineage to do so: Straid Corn Mill was built and operated by the Weir family, who were the village millers, from the 17th. Century onwards. [Robert Weir married, firstly, Elizabeth Orr, and by her had three children, two of whom were [1] James Weir, b. c. 1829, Drumramer, Ahoghill. He married, 26/7/1855, Jane Rainey, daughter of William Rainey of Taylorstown; [2] Margaret Weir, b. 1824, Drumramer, who married, 26/3/1850, James Logan.]

Robert Weir and Martha Telford had issue:

[1] Rose Weir, 26/5/1816-10/3/1883.

[2] Joan Weir, b. 9/10/1817.

[3] Samuel Weir, b. 20/11/1819. He married, 4/8/1849, Mary McCann, daughter of  Arthur McCann of Tullygowan, Ahoghill.

[4] David Weir, 4/9/1821-1890, of Ahoghill, Antrim, who married, 1844, Mary McDowell, b. 1826, of Ballynure, Antrim, daughter of William McDowell

[5] Martha Weir, 15/11/1823-1871, who married, 31/12/1841, the aformentioned Matthew Boyd.

[6] Nathaniel Weir, 28/12/1825-16/4/1882. He married, 4/12/1849, Mary McKay, b. 1829, daughter of Hugh McKay.

[7] Elizabeth Weir, 12/6/1828-28/5/1872. She married, 8/1/1853, Thomas McCann, brother of the above mentioned Mary McCann.

[8] Alexander Weir, 27/6/1830-1915, of Ahoghill, Antrim, who married, 5/10/1852, Mary McKay's sister, Rose McKay. The Straid Corn Mill became the property of this Alexander Weir, before becoming the property of his son, Alexander Weir - brother of John Adams Weir - who bequested them to his son, Robert Weir.

[9] Margaret Weir, b.29/11/1832.

David Weir and Mary McDowell had issue, among which were:

[1] Martha Weir, b. 1860. She had an illigitimate daughter, Sarah Jane Weir, b. 29/12/1877, who lived with her grandparents, before emigrating to Winnipeg, Canada, where she married, 1907, Thomas B. Hembroff.

[2] Hugh Weir, 1863-7/10/1948, of Ballymena, Antrim, who married, 3/1/1886, Mary Ellen Nicholl, 3/5/1864-25/6/1951, of Straid, Antrim, daughter of Alexander Bamford Nicholl, 1835-18/1/1915, who married, 8/1/1852, Eliza Jane Meek, 1835-25/1/1896, daughter of William Meek.

Siblings of Mary Ellen Nicholl were: [1] William Nicholl, 15/2/1853-11/11/1893. [2] John Nicholl, b.15/1/1855. [3] Robert Nicholl, 16/5/1857-3/12/1875. [4] Alexander Nicholl, b. 21/4/1859. [5] Euphemia Nicholl, 30/11/1861-20/5/1876. [6] Eliza Jane Nicholl, 13/11/1866-13/9/1908, who married Charles Armytage, their children being Charlotte Armytage and Harry Armytage. [7] Henry Nicholl, b. 30/6/1869. [8] Catherine Nicholl, 27/2/1872-5/5/1872. [9] Matilda Nicholl, b. 26/4/1873. [10] Roberta Martha Jane Nicholl, 30/11/1876-24/5/1880. [11] Samuel Nicholl, b. 1877.

Alexander Bamford Nicholl was the son of William Nicholl, 1808-1848, who married, 2/5/1832, Isabella Bamford, 1812-5/5/1886. In 1849, she subsequentally married John Bankhead, who was 19 years her junior.

This Nicholl family had established itself at Ahoghill from early times. Ahoghill tombstones record their descent: Robert Nicholl,1650-14/12/1713, James Nicholl, 1689-14/3/1710, Robert Nicholl, 1729-18/4/1799, Robert Nicholl, 1768-16/2/1830, and William Nicholl, who, as said, married Isabella Bamford.

Hugh Weir and Mary Ellen Nicholl

 

Hugh Weir and Mary Ellen Nicholl had issue:

[1] Euphemia Roberta Weir, 19/8/1884-1922, who married Charles Connor, 1879-1966, father of Matthew Connor, 27/8/1922-1/3/1980, who married Margaret Glover, 1929-3/11/1977; their children being Vera Connor, b. 1953, Corinne Connor, b. 1957, Valerie Connor, b. 1958, Reuben Connor, b. 1962, and Vivien Connor, b. 1965.

[2] David Weir, DCM, 9/6/1886-4/10/1917, killed in action.

[3] Martha Weir, 16/1/1888-26/2/1942, who married William Campbell. Their children were: [a]Euphemia Roberta Campbell, b. 6/1/1919. [b] Hugh Campbell, b. 8/2/1921. [c] James Campbell, b. 10/8/1923. [d] Sarah Campbell, b. 20/2/1926, who married Herbert Carson; their children being Heather Carson, b. 11/11/1950, and Lorna Carson, b. 23/6/1957. [e] John Campbell, b.2/11/1929.

[4] Matthew Boyd Weir, 20/8/1889-18/12/1983, who married Mary Gillespie, some of their children being Hugh Weir, who married Roberta Tweed, and May Weir, who married Samuel Glover.

[5] Hugh Weir, 1/6/1892-21/3/1918, killed in action.

 

[6] Alexander Nicholl Weir, 1895-1982.

[7] Henry Weir, b. 24/5/1900. He married Anne Rainey, daughter of Samuel Rainey and Margaret Marrs. Their daughter was Euphemia Weir, mother of Brian May. Anne Rainey's brother, Robert Rainey, married Margaret Kernohan.

[9] Samuel Weir, 6/8/1905-29/3/1942.

David Weir

'Mrs. David Weir, Lisnafillan, Ballymena, has just been notified that her
husband, Private David Weir, Australian Imperial Force, has been killed in
action. Pte. Weir, who was a son of Mr. Hugh Weir of Straid, Ballymena, emigrated
to Australia about six years ago and joined the army on the outbreak of war.
He was recommended for the DCM on September 20, 1917. Prior to
emigration, he was a member of Straid LOL.'

Ballymena Observer. November 30, 1917

David Weir was in the 7th. Battl. Australian Infantry, having emigrated to Australia at the age of 19. He was killed by a shell that hit the hospital he was in, being tended to for a wound he had obtained in battle. He had married Sarah Crawford of Ballymena, to whom he had several daughters. He had sent for his family to be with him in Ballymena, being due leave. His wife remained in Ireland. His name is carved on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. R.I.P.

Hugh Weir was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. His name is carved on the Pozienes Memorial, France. R.I.P.

  

Alexander Nicholl Weir, 8/5/1895-2/8/1982, Ballymena, Antrim, married [2] Martha Purdy, 13/8/1912-19/6/1980, of Loughconnelly, Antrim. See The Purdys. The only child of this marriage Agnes, a  true beauty, married Jack Ackroyd, 22/11/1926-19/5/1996, a soldier in the British Army, of Mexborough, South Yorkshire; their children being: Lynnette Ackroyd, b. 9/10/1953, Colleen Ackroyd, b. 8/10/1954, and Jacqueline Ackroyd, b. 25/1/1961. Jack had a keen sense of humour; retained his love of boxing, and would often be found enjoying the solitude offered by angling.

Alexander Nicholl Weir was previously married and begat Mary. Mary who's mother died in childbirth married Jack Darragh.  Their children were: Hazel Darragh, Glen Darragh, Sharon Darragh, Colleen Darragh, Ian Darragh, and Stephen Darragh.
After the death of her mother, Mary resided with her grandparents, Hugh, and Mary Ellen

See Agnes`s and Marys Photo in the photo gallery.

Ian Darragh was a talented artist, see his website here, http://www.ian-darragh.com/

Alexander Nicholl Weir is remembered fondly for his liking of a good debate; his partiality to a 'tipple', and his growing of dahlias.

 

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This corn mill was owned and operated by the Weir family, who had been millers at Straid since the 17th Century. The mill was powered by a waterwheel, which was 18 feet in diameter, and the complex included a corn-drying kiln, a grain store, and a pair of cottages for mill workers. By the 1890s, the family business had expanded to include a farm, a forge, and a carpenter's shop, as well as the corn mill.

We are thankful  to  our cousin Reuben Connor Grandson of 

Euphemia Weir sister to Alexander, for his great contributions to this site.

 

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