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ANNALS

OF
THE COUNTY ANTRIM,

FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TILL THE PRESENT TIME.
COMPILED FROM THE MOST AUTHENTIC RECORDS,

FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TILL THE PRESENT TIME.

BY

JAMES ADAIR PILSON;

WITH

AN APPENDIX,

CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE

MONASTIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE COUNTY, A LIST OF
THE PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATIVES,
SOVEREIGNS OF BELFAST,

&c., &c.

BELFAST:
HODGSON, GREER, M COMB, PHILLIPS, POLLOCK, LAMONT,
AND HENDERSON. BALLYMENA : DUGAN AND WHYTE.
ARMAGH: M‘WATTERS. DUBLIN: WM. CURRY, JUN,

& CO. LONDON : LONGMAN & CO., &c. &c. &c.

1846.

JOHN MULLEN, PRINTER, JOY'S ENTRY, HIGH-STREET, BELFAST.

1933

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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN BRUCE RICHARD,
VISCOUNT O'NEILL,
CONSTABLE OF DUBLIN CASTLE,

AND

ADMIRAL OF THE NORTH COAST OF ULSTER,

&c., &c., &c.

My LORD, In sending forth the following pages to an enlightened public, I have taken the liberty to address them to your Lordship, knowing, as I do, that in the localities of which they treat, there is no name so respected and esteemed as yours, and that for the most ostensible reasons.

Your Lordship’s long and intimate connexion with a people, whom you represented in the Imperial Legislature, with so much honour and fidelity, for such a number of years,---your present station as a Peer of Parliament,---your position as one of the most extensive Landed Proprietors in the County,--and, withal, the eclat of your name, give you, among the population of this great County, a preponderating influence, which no Peer or Commoner can by any possibility attain.

Descended as your Lordship is from a long line of regal ancestry, possessed of all those amiable quali

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