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Aug 25, 2018




  • Peter Anthony Kincaid

    Documents pertaining to the Kinkeads of Barons Court, County


    This paper presents abstracts of various records relating to the Kinkeads of Barons Court, Ardstraw Parish, County

    Tyrone, Northern Ireland who are said to have settled in that area about the year 1680. They are given here for

    research purposes in the hope of assisting further research. Any further information will be provided in addendums

    to this paper. This is the latest version of this paper with the original having been compiled and distributed to some

    on 28 February 2015.

    This paper includes the information in a paper titled Rev. Joseph Kinkead of Killinchy, County Down, Ireland

    compiled by this author on 17 May 2006 and posted to his Clan Kincaid website. It is also supplemental to another

    paper by this author titled Kinkeads of Barons Court, County Tyrone Part 1 published in the 3rd

    issue of his

    newsletter Kincaid Gleaner on 5 March 2008. A copy of this latter article is appended to the end of this document.

    Not included in this paper is the information on the family of Joseph Kinkead, the land agent, given by a descendant,

    Bill Kincaid, in his book This Ill Defend: The Story of the Kincaids (Walton-on-Thames: TheSAURAS Ltd, 2003).

    Researchers are encouraged to examine this source for its detailed information on that branch of the family.

    It has to be stressed that a number of connections given below are not solid. They are noted as such. New research

    presented below has changed some previous thoughts on relationships. It is likely that further new material will

    solidify some connections and change others. Thus, researchers are encouraged to 1) treat this paper with caution;

    2) share any relevant research not given below; and 3) inform this author of any different views they might come to

    given the research. One tends to get blinders on with research, so it is always helpful to have others challenge ones


    This paper includes research conducted by or paid by other researchers. Contributions by other parties are duly

    sourced with the appropriate records.

    Given the vast amount of material transcribed here, there are bound to be errors in this document. Consultation of

    the original source is encouraged. Furthermore, this compiler would appreciate being notified if any errors are

    discovered (see address at end of paper).


  • unknown Kinkead patriarch (bef 1674 - ).

    "A person of that name with a body of followers came to Ireland from the neighbourhood of Paisley in Scotland about the year 1680 to assist the Hamilton family (now the Marquis of Abercorn) in support of the

    cause of William III against that of James II. This man had three sons, two of whom settled near Barons

    Court in Tyrone, and one in Colerane in the Coy of Londonderry... one of the brothers who settled at or

    near Barons Court (the seat of the Abercorn family) had a son named Charles, who settled in the Town of

    Strabane, a Town in Tyrone belonging to Lord Abercorn, and from him are descended the Kincaids of

    Newtown-Cunningham and Raphoe, Co. Donegal. Another brother named James lived at Island McHugh,

    near Barons Court and had three sons and 3 daughters the sons were John (1688) known as long John

    Kincaid of Island M'Hugh and James (1720) a Presbyterian Clergyman both of whom died without issue,

    also Joseph (1730) a Presbyterian clergyman who married about the year 1760, Fanny Cochrane sister of

    James Cochrane of Edenmore Co. Donegal and left sons and daughters. The daughters of James of Island

    McHugh were married, one to Mr. Brown in the neighbourhood of Newtown Cunningham, another to Mr.

    Hay of Castle Derg or Derg bridge (father to the Reverend Mr. Hay hereafter mentioned) and a third to Mr.

    Knox near Barons Court." [Sketch of the Pedigree of the Kincaid family made in 1829 by Joseph Kincaid.

    p. 1. Copy of document emailed by Mark T. Davies of Bothell, Washington, USA

    ([email protected]) to Peter A. Kincaid, of Fredericton, NB, Canada on 3 June 2003. Paper was

    written by Joseph Kincaid, land agent in Dublin, grandson of Rev. Joseph Kinkead of Killinchy, County

    Down, in 1829 and added to by him in 1872. See full abstract below under Rev. Joseph Kinkead].

    Discussion: This family history has to be treated with caution as it can be shown that the above narrative has some problems with it. The author was Joseph Kinkead, land agent, grandson of

    Rev. Joseph Kinkead by his son Dr. John Kinkead. The author would not have had his

    grandfather as a source as Rev. Joseph Kinkead died in 1782. Dr. John Kinkead was born about

    1752 and died in 1817 so he could have told his son some of the family history - even some which

    he heard from his father. However, Dr. John Kinkead did not grow up in Baronscourt, as his

    father became the minister in Killinchy, County Down in 1755.

  • The first point of contention is that the Kinkead patriarch came to Ireland about 1680 to assist the

    Hamilton family (which line he indicates eventually became the Marquis of Abercorn) in the fight

    against King James II. The fight against James II did not take place until William of Orange did

    so in November 1688. At that time the Hamilton's Earldom of Abercorn was vested in Claud

    Hamilton, the 4th Earl. He was a staunch supporter of King James II, being his Lord of the

    Bedchamber. He died in August 1691 and was succeeded by his younger brother Charles

    Hamilton. The siege of Londonderry had ended on 28 July 1688 and by the time of Claud

    Hamiltons's death in 1691 the Williamite War was almost over in Ireland. Charles Hamilton, the

    5th Earl of Abercorn, died in 1701 and was succeeded by his 2nd cousin, Captain James Hamilton,

    2nd Baronet of Donalong (after Dunnalong in Donagheady Parish, County Tyrone); great

    grandson of the 1st Earl of Abercorn by his 4th son Sir George Hamilton, 1st Baronet of

    Dunnalong. Captain James Hamilton joined the cause for William of Orange and died

    participating in the defence of Londonderry. However, he had no claim to the lands about

    Baronscourt until he succeeded in 1701. His father predeceased his father, so Captain James

    Hamilton had succeeded his grandfather in the barony of Donalong when Sir George Hamilton

    died in 1679. A key point to make is that Kincaids were in Dunnalong in 1628/9. At the same

    time, they were in the townland of Tirmegn which is in close proximity to the Baronscourt estate

    and borders Birnaghs which the Kinkeads of Baronscourt are descended from. This suggests the

    1680 arrival narrative was actually made up to gloss over the early Earls of Abercorn's Catholic


    The second point of contention is the year of birth given for siblings John Kinkead of Island

    McHugh, Rev. James Kinkead and Rev. Joseph Kinkead. First, it seems quite unlikely that there

    was one brother born in 1688 and another 42 years later in 1730. Furthermore, John Kinkead of

    Island McHugh actually died in 1782 the same year as his brother, Rev. Joseph Kinkead. They

    were probably much closer in age. Rev. James Kinkead could not have been born in 1720 as he

    was noted as being entered in on trial to become a minister on 17 June 1735; giving an improbable

    age of 15. Likewise, Rev. Joseph Kinkead's gravestone indicates he was born in 1724. He was

    noted as being entered in or trial to become a minister on 21 June 1743 and was ordained a

    minister on 4 September 1745; at a more likely age of 21 (given a c1724 birth year) versus the

    impossible scenario of being a minister at the age of 15 (given a 1730 birth year).

    The last point of contention is that the three siblings (John Kinkead of Island McHugh, Rev. James

    Kinkead and Rev. Joseph Kinkead) were stated to be the sons of a James Kinkead. However, the

    abstract of the will of Joseph Kinkead of Birnaghs states that John Kinkead of Island McHugh was

    the son of a Joseph. Furthermore, the minutes of the General Synod of Ulster for 17 June 1740,

    clearly note that John Kinkead and Mr. James Kinkead were sons of a Joseph Kinkead. All in all,

    these discrepancies compels us to treat the 1829 narrative of Joseph Kinkead with extreme caution

    for details of generations before that of his grandfather, Rev. Joseph Kinkead.

    uknown Kincaid i. James Kincaid son of unknown Kincaid of Island McHugh

    i. John Kincaid, known as Long John b. 1680

    ii. James Kincaid, a Presbyterian Minister

    iii. Joseph Kincaid, a Presbyterian Minister of Killinchy, Co. Down, m. Frances Cochrane

    i. James Kincaid, merchant, m. Frances Cochrane, dau of Wm Cochrane, 1790

    ii. Joseph Kincaid, died s.p.

    iii. John Kincaid, of Kilcadden, MD m. Anne Cochrane

    i. Joseph Kincaid, land agent in Dublin, m. Lucy Bushy

    ii. John Kincaid, curate of Derry and Rector of Drumholme

    iii. Catherine Kincaid, wife of E. Batty

    iv. Fanny Kincaid, unmarried

    v. Anne Jane Kincaid, unmarried

    vi. Eliza Hannah Kincaid, m. at Stranorlar, 31 Dec 1829, Henry Cochrane,

    clerk, Rector of Killygarven, 4th son; Eliza buried Stranorlar 26 Nov


  • iv. William Kincaid, went to Virginia

    v. Robert Kincaid, went to Virginia

    vi. Elizabeth Kincaid, wife of Joseph Hay of Castle Derg

    vii. Frances Kincaid, m. James Cochrane of Stranorlar,

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