John Archdale

John Archdale (1578 - 1621)

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John Archdale
Born in Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Eye, Suffolk, Englandmap
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Died in All Hallows, Londonmap
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John Archdale born 30 Dec. 1578, the son of Martin Archdale and Barbara Sexton. He was christened 4 Jan. 1578 at All Hallows Barking, London. He lived at Abotts Hall, Darsham, Suffolk, England.

He inherited from his father the Manor and house of Abbots, at Darshams, together with farm called Molletts.

In 1600 he married Francis HONINGS, Eye Suffolk, England. Two more children followed: John (1610) and Barbara (1613). Their first child, Edward, was born in 1604, followed by Mary (1605), and Martin (1607/08). In 1608 he was admitted to Gray's Inn of Court (a step on the way to becoming a Barrister). His wife Francis died (before) Jan. 1614.

At some point he married Katherine Temple. They had a daughter, Leticia. (After John died in 1621, she married Tobias Norris; she died in 1642.)

The Archdales were very involved in the "Plantation of Ulster": Towards the end of the sixteenth century the English began making various administrative demands on the county and establishing administrators for various purposes. Accordingly, in 1593 the chief of the Maguires rebelled and expelled all the English from the county. He later joined with 0'Neill in the general Ulster rebellion. After the defeat of the O'Neills and the emigration of most of the Ulster chieftains, Fermanagh was planted along with most of the Ulster counties. English and Scottish undertakers were appointed who obtained land in return for an "undertaking" to plant a specified number of English or Scottish families. Among the English undertakers were Flowerden, Blennerhassett, Archdale, Warde, Barton, Hunings, Wirral, Bogas, Calvert, and Sedborough. "</ />

The first of the Archdales who settle in Ireland during the reign of Elizabeth I, was John Archdale, of Norsom, or Norton Hall, in Norfolk. In July of 1612 he was granted 1,000 acres of land by letters patent of land at Tallanah, Lurg, Co. Fermanangh, Ireland. [John was made undertaker, taking possession of the lands of after the flight of the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell.]

He built the "Old Castle" in 1615 on the eastern shore of Lower Lough Erne. It was described as being surrounded by thick forests. It was build on a T-plan with house and a defensive bawn (66 foot by 64 foot and 15 foot high with flanker towers at each corner). "This gentleman, by the inscription over the gateway in the ruinous castle, appears to have erected the old mansion-house of Archdale. He also obtained lands at Drumragh, Co. Tyrone and Curranlurge, Co. Fermanagh. In 1616 he held the office of High Sheriff of Co. Fermanagh.

Trimble's History of Enniskillen, makes reference to his arrival,

It is singular that Castle Archdale at no time of which we had any record, either in public document or by paper in private office, has had any such connexion with the County town during the Rebellion of 1641, or during the Revolution as appertained to its sisters of Monea and Crom. (1122). The patentee was John Archdale, and he came from Norsom Hall, Norfolk, and in 1612, he obtained for the sum of £5 6s. 8d a Middle Proportion of 1,000 acres of “profitable” land, like the other Undertakers, meaning what we would call arable land, and not including marsh or bog which subsequently became reclaimed. Upon this Proportion he had to build a castle, and when captain Pynnar called at Castle Archdale in 1618-19.....

He went on that Archdall had 1000 acres called "Tullana", with a bawne [a high wall] of lime and stone, with a three-story house (80 feet long), with a battlement, where he was resident. He also had a water mill, and had made two villages with eight house a piece. He had estated British families; 6 freeholders (with 30 to 200 acres each), 10 leesees (15 to 240 acres), and four cottagers with a house and an acre of land. These twenty were able to make 42 men, seven had taken the oath of supremacy. To this he purchased (26 Feb. 1617) further interests which held bawnes, houses, six freeholders, five leases, and three cottagers, for 14 resident British families making 26 armed men. From this some parcels were granted to named individuals and their heirs and assignes..[1]

Trimble wrote in his History of Fermanagh (1919) examined the remains. In some places the masonry was 3 ft. 3 in. thick. Four of the original windows remained, and the loop holes for defence were pear shaped. "No care had been taken of the building until the last decade, and what was undoubtedly a fine example of the Plantation Castles was allowed to go to ruin."

He died on 31 Aug 1621.

Over time the Archdales became major landowners in County Fermanagh, eventually holding 27,410 acres.

  • Fact: John Archdale of Castle Archdale, co Fermanagh, formerly of Abbotts Hall, Darsham. High Sheriff of co Fermanagh 1616, admitted to Gray's Inn 1608. Settled in Ulster as an "undertaker" after the flight of the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell, and obtained a grant of land at Tallanagh, barony of Lurg, co Fermanagh, which was erected into the manor of Archdale and on which the Old Castle Archdale was built 1615. He also obtained lands at Drumragh, co Tyrone, and Curranlurge, co Fermanagh.


  1. W. Copeland Trimble, The History of Enniskillen, with some references to the Manors in Co. Fermanagh and other subjects, Volume 1, 1919:, pp. 122-23

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