upload image

Glenarm Magill History

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Date: [unknown] [unknown]
Location: Glenarm, Larne, County Antrim, Irelandmap
Surname/tag: Magill McGill
Profile manager: John McGill private message [send private message]
This page has been accessed 494 times.

Other WikiTree pages that link to this page This is a sub-project of McGill Name Study

Early Records of Magill in the Glens

  • Donald Macagaill mentioned in 1445 Papal Mandate. This document was a petition to the pope to allow the establishment of a third order Franciscan Friary in Glenarm.[1]
  • "The Description and present State of Ulster in 1586." [2] [3] See the next item.
  • State Papers of Ireland, James I, A. D. 1608-1610. Preface XIV. "The Ancient followers of the country are the Bissetts, McGills and McAuleys" [4] This reference is a quote from the 1586 document above.
The Glins, so called because it is full of rocky and woody dales, is backed with a very steep and boggy mountain, and on the other part with the sea, on which side there are very small creeks between rocks and thickets, where the Scottish galleys commonly land. It lies opposite to Cantier [Cantire] in Scotland. It contains seven baronies. These were sometimes the inheritance of the Baron Bissett, from whom it descended to a daughter who was married to one of the Clandonells in Scotland, by whom the Scots now make their claim to the whole, and quietly possessed the same many years, till now of late, being spoiled of their goods, they were totally banished into Scotland. But this country is again given, by instructions from Her Majesty, to be held from Her Highness, to Angus M'Connell, Lord of Cantier in Scotland, and to his uncle Sorleboy. The force of this country is uncertain, for they are supplied, as need requireth, from Scotland with what numbers they list to call, by making of fires upon certain steep rocks hanging over the sea. The ancient followers of the country are the Missetts, the M'-Y-Gills [M'Gills], the M'Awnles [Macauleys], the M'Carmacks [M'Cormacks], and the Clanalsters [Clan-Alisters].

  • Pender's Census 1659
  • 1669 Hearth Money Rolls [5]
  • October 28, 1678 Lease Agreement by Patrick Mor Magill to pay the Hon. Alexander MacDonnell £8 and a fat hog yearly for 20 acres of Roughan and Aghboy. [6]
  • September 16, 1679 the Honourable Alexander MacDonnell, of Glenarm, leased to Patrick More Magill of Agghagesse (Aughagash), 20 acres of Aghagesse, three quarters of Ballygilbert, one quarter and a half of Lisnahea (Lisnahay) for 41 years. The rent of this was £61, plus 4 fat muttons or 16 s in lieu, 6d per pound receiver's fees, Patrick's best beast as heriot. [7]
  • October 22, 1686 Lease between Alexander, Earl of Antrim and Patrick Mor Magill and his heirs for "the fairs, customs and achorages of Larne and Glenarm for seven years" at a rent of £4 per year.[8] [9]
Memorandum it is agreed by and between the Right honourable Alexander Earle of Antrim on the one part and Patrick Mor Magill on the other part. That the said Patrick Mor Magill his heirs Exrs and assigns shall have hould possess and enjoy the faires customes and anchorages of Larne with the faires customs and anchorages of Glenarm in as full and ample manner as they have been held these years bygone ....

  • Arthur Magill listed as Captain in Lord Antrim's Infantry 1689. [10]


  1. https://antrimhistory.net/glenarm-friary/
  2. https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/20608721.pdf Marshal Bagenal's Description of Ulster, Anno 1586, pp. 155-156
  3. Ulster Journal of Archaelogy, volume 2, 1854 https://books.google.com/books?id=TZPRAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA155#v=onepage&q&f=false
  4. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/ireland/1608-10/vii-cviii
  5. http://www.billmacafee.com/17centurydatabases.htm
  6. McKillop, Felix. Townlands, People and Traditions. Ulster Tatler Publications, 2006. Pages 191-2. Primary sources at PRONI.
  7. McKillop, Felix. Townlands, People and Traditions. Ulster Tatler Publications, 2006. Pages 191-2. Primary sources at PRONI.
  8. Magill, Paul. The Magills of the Meetinghouse Cairncastle: Discovering the Story of an Irish Family. Shanway Press, 2010. Page 174.
  9. McKillop, Felix. Townlands, People and Traditions. Ulster Tatler Publications, 2006. Pages 191-2. Primary sources at PRONI.
  10. Hill, George, 1810-1900. An Historical Account of the Macdonnells of Antrim: Including Notices of Some Other Septs, Irish And Scottish. Belfast: Archer, 1873.

See Also: "The Description and present State of Ulster in 1586." Available on Googlebooks.

  • Login to edit this profile and add images.
  • Private Messages: Send a private message to the Profile Manager. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)

Comments: 1

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
My great grandfather James Magill came from Downe Co. to New York Mills NY in May of 1844. With wife Elizabeth (Stuart) Magill. Children were not all young children. David Boyd Magill was b. 1832. look for family in 1850 census records. By 1870 they were in Sangamon Co. Illinois.
posted by Mary Alice Magill

Categories: McGill Name Study