Lena McVea's Misc. Notes from, "The Ancient and Present State of Co. Down," 1744, by Walter Harris."
"In Downpatrick besides these religious houses there was an ancient hospital for lepers and one at Kilcleiff both which hospitals were by patent granted April 1413 to John Young, John Molyn, and Walter Celey, with all their lands, tenements and appurtenances being then in the King's hands caeses to hold as long as they shall continue in the King's Possession which patent is yet in Berninghan's Tower, Dublin."
[Note from Lena: I don't know what the above information means. I copied it out of the book about 15 years ago in Ards Library. It was an ancient book and should not really have been in the library on the shelf.
Does this mean that there was a John Young here in 1413?]
"Patent Roll of 20 Edward 2nd. 1325 the King granted to John de Mandevilla the office of Sheriff of Down and Newtown."
"Patent Roll of 1 Henry 4 1400 in Birminghans Tower Dublin that said King granted to Robert Fitz Jordon Savage the office of Sherriff of the Ardes in Ulster."
"United by ST 2 Queen Ann"
V Ballywalter V Ballyhalbert V Innishargy
"1744 Andrew Savage residing in Portaferry Castle building finished in 1636."
"Raymond Savage made chieftain of Lecale in May 31st. ??28 by Henry V111 Land belonged to Magenis."
1744 chief names of Co. Down:
"ECHLIN; STEPHENSON; BAYLY; WEST; ROSS; HAMILTON; ISAACK; BLACKWOOD; FORD; FORTESCUE; KENNEDY; MATTHEWS; HALL; WALLIS; JOHNSON; CLOSE; LAMBERT; BATEMAN; DOUGLAS; HUNTER; WILSON; REILY"
The 3 places above were Parish names all governed by the Black Abbey Monastery. The site of the Monastery was between Kircubbin/Innishargy/Greyabbey about the middle of the Peninsula. It was demolished in the pre plantation days.
There is still a road called Black Abbey Road off the main B/walter Greyabbey road.
There is a restored part of a different Abbey left at Greyabbey. This is now part of Montgomery's estate.
Contributed by Lena McVea
Posted by Mary Becker
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