Robert Speer (the younger) of Cratley, and of Stewartstown

Biographical outline for Robert Speer (d.1754)

Timeline:

  • 1748: Marriage to Anne Ledlie. [1]
  • 1750-05-08: Memorial no. 156-210-105139 – a memorial of rent charge whereby Robert Spear conveyed to William Ledlie of Carnan, parish of Ardboe, the rents accruing to Robert out of Cratley, Sorne, Lislea, and the mill, all in the parish of Ballyclog—until such time that Robert had repaid a bond and Warrant of Attorney of four hundred pounds conditioned for the payment of two hundred pounds. [2]
    • Discussion – The townlands of Sorne and Lislea are in the parish of Donaghenry.
  • 1752-09-18: Memorial no. 156-211-105140 – an instrument of rent charge for an additional £100, conveyed by Robert Speer of Stewartstown, formerly of Cratley, to William Ledlie of Carnan, parish of Arboe. [3]
  • 1753-01-06: Memorial no. 164-201-110224 – a deed of lease whereby Robert Speer of Stewartstown granted a lease for a term of seven years, with renewals every seven years, to William Speer, for that portion of Leck, parish of Ballyclog, then in his possession, comprising thirty-one acres with one acre of meadow, Scotch measure—with a clause of renewal corresponding to the renewal of Robert's lease held under the Archbishop of Armagh. [4]
    ☛ The witnesses to the memorial were John Speer of county Tyrone, farmer (a townland was not specified) and Henry Speer, Gent., of Mount Carran, county Tyrone—which signifies a link (as yet undefined) between the Speer family of the parish of Donaghenry and the branch of the same name in or near Ballynasaggart (or Carran townland) in the parish of Errigal Keerogue.
  • 1753-01-06: Memorial no. 165-80-110226 – a deed of lease whereby Robert Speer of Stewartstown granted a lease of seven years, with renewals every seven years, to John Speer and Robert Speer of Soarn in the parish of Donaghenry, then in their possession, comprising thirty-nine acres. [5]
    ☛ The witnesses to the memorial were William Speer of Leck, parish of Ballyclog, farmer, and Henry Speer, Gent., of Mount Carran, county Tyrone—which signifies a link (as yet undefined) between the Speer family of the parish of Donaghenry and the branch of the same name in or near Ballynasaggart (or Carran townland) in the parish of Errigal Keerogue.
  • 1753-01-18: Memorial no. 156-416-106420 – an indented deed whereby, for the consideration of £200, £100, and £100, Robert Spear transferred, assigned, made over, &c. all of the right, title, &c. in his leaseholds in the above named townlands, to William Ledlie of Carnan. [6]
    ☛ One of the witnesses to the memorial was Samuel Bell of Dublin, Gent., one of the Attorneys of the Exchequer, suggesting that this indenture may have been the result of a court action.
  • 1754-02-26: The will of Robert Spear of Stewartstown, Gent., was proved. The major provisions in Mr. Speer's last will and testament [7], dated the 18th August 1753, stated that:
    • by virtue of a lease held from His Grace the Lord Primate, he was entitled to the townlands of Sorne otherwise Sournely and Listreagh [Lislea], in the parish of Donaghendry,  and Ballyleck and Clontery otherwise Clottery [also known as Cratley], in the parish of Ballyclog;
    • he devised this lease to his son, Soloman, subject to:
    • an annual rent charge of £20 payable to his wife, Anne Spear née Ledlie during her natural life—the sum to decrease to £10 if their son, Soloman, should die before attaining the age of twenty-one years, or should he marry—or the sum of £200 payable to Anne, at her election;
    • in the event of son Soloman's death, the sum of £100 payable to Soloman Spear, son of Robert's uncle Alexander Spear [and therefore, Robert's first cousin];
    • Robert's several tenements and parks in and near Stewartstown to devolve to his son, Soloman, reserving the kitchen, cellar, rooms streetward, and the half of the back house, to his wife, Anne;
    • if his wife is with child at his decease, £200 payable to said child, and if son Soloman should die before attaining the age of twenty-one years or should he marry, then the fortune of Soloman to such child, with the same covenants described above;
    • in the event of son Soloman's death and failing such issue as described in the paragraph above, Robert's lands and tenements to devolve upon his nephew, Soloman Hamilton, son of James Hamilton of Newry, merchant, and Robert's sister Mary—thence to his nephews, Robert Hamilton and William Hamilton, in succession—subject to each taking the surname, Spear; and failing all of these, finally to Robert's sister, Mary Hamilton née Spear;
    • his father in law, William Ledlie of Carnan, to be appointed Executor.
    • Robert Spear appended a codicil, dated the 7th January 1754, in which he confirmed the provisions in his last will and testament, the major provisions of which are recited above—except that instead of his dwelling house in Stewartstown, his wife, Anne, should have and enjoy, during her widowhood, his dwelling house in Cratley townland, in the parish of Donaghenry, with twenty acres Scotch measure, with a half acre of turf bog—and that on the death or marriage of his wife, these properties to pass to his son, Soloman, and failing him, to pass in the manner described in his will.
  • 1756-01-22: Memorial no. 185-413-123667 – an indented deed of mortgage executed by William Ledlie of the first part, Anne Speer orse Ledlie (Administratrix of the late Robert Speer) of the second part, and William McSparran of Moneymore, co. Derry, of the third part—whereby for the consideration of £400, Mr. Ledlie transferred the townlands of Ballyleck, Cratley, Lislea, and Sorne to Mr. McSparran, thereby discharging the mortgage taken out on those lands by the late Robert Speer. [8]
    ☛ Refer also to the entry under date, 1753-01-18, above.

Links:

Sources and notes:

1.

Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds. Indexes, 1623-1866. Robert Speer and Ann Ledlie, 1748, Diocese of Armagh. Digital copy online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed 2016-03-10, by subscription).

2.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 156-210-105139: Robert Spear to William Ledlie (dated 8 May 1750; reg'rd 6 Nov 1752). Copy per FHL film no. 461362. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-13.

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 156-211-105140: Spear to Ledlie (dated 18 Sept 1852; reg'rd 6 Nov 1752). Copy per FHL film no. 461362. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-15.

4.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 164-201-110224: Speer to Speer or Sear (dated 6 Jan 1753; reg'rd 7 Nov 1753). Copy per FHL film no. 461368. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-18.

5.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 165-80-110226: Speer to Speer & another (dated 6 Jan 1753; reg'rd 7 Nov 1753). Copy per FHL film no. 461368. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-18.

6.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 156-416-106420: Spear to Ledlie (dated 18 Jan 1753; reg'rd 29 Jan 1753). Copy per FHL film no. 461362. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-16.

7.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Copy will of Robert Speer [Spear] of Stewartstown, proved 26 Feb 1754. PRONI ref. D2315/2/3. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2015-08-16.

8.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 185-413-123667: Ledlie & Speer to McSparran (dated 22 Jan 1756; reg'rd 21 Feb 1756). Copy per FHL film no. 461379. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-10-02.

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