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The Chittick Family History
as written by Erminda (Chittick) Rentoul
1890 The Lodge, Cliftonville, Belfast. Ireland

Chapter Nine | The Humes

The Hume Line
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"The most noble and puissant Lord Alexander Hume, Earl of Hume, Lord Hume, and Baron of Douglass. This family take their surname from the castle of Hume in the Merse, or County of Berwick, and derive their descent from William, second son of Patrick, Earl of Dunbar, which William was succeeded by a son of his name, who lived in the year 1268, and the family after several descents became very powerful. In the reign of King Robert III, Sir Thomas Hume of that ilk talking to wife Nicholasa, heir of the family of Pedie, in the County of Berwick, with her had the lordship of Douglass, and thereby his fortune being much increased, he, in gratitude for that, added to his paternal coat of arms, “Argent, three pipingoes, Vert,” and by the said Nicholasa his wife had Alexander, his successor, and David, Baron of Wedderburn."

“Duglass's Peerage of Scotland” vol. I, page 731:-
Few families in Scotland can boast so high an origin as that of Hume, being a branch of the great House of Dunbar, Earls of Dunbar and March.

"Alexander, who succeeded, being a very warlike person was taken prisoner by the English, and died a captive in England, leaving a son of his name, which son distinguished himself in the wars of France, and was there slain with the Earl of Douglass at the Battle of Vemoil. He married a daughter of the family of Hay of Yester, and by her had three sons, of whom Sir Alexander, the eldest, who succeeded, raised the glory and reputation of his family by the vast estate he acquired both by marriage and otherwise, out of which he erected the collegiate church of Dunglass; and he marrying to his first wife Marjory, heiress of Landel in the County of Berwick, by her had three sons; and by his second wife, who was daughter to Alexander, Lord Montgomery, he had Thomas Hume, of Langshan, in the County of Ayr."

In Hill's Plantation of Ulster-" Grants and Grantees," page 303, we find-
Sir John Home, of Hume

“This undertaker was a son of Alexander Home, of Manderston, in Berwickshire, and brother of the well-known Sir George Home, or Hume, who accompanied the King into England, and in 1605 was created Earl of Dunbar."

“Sir George Hume is described as having been a person of deep wit, few words, and in his Majesty's service no less faithful than fortunate. The most difficult affairs he compassed without any noise, never returning when he was employed, without the work performed that he was sent to do."

In Burke's “Extinct Peerage," page 289, we find
"Sir John, the undertaker in Fermanagh, appears to have migrated to London also. So early as August, 1603, when the King had not been there many months, this Scotch borderer obtained a license to export 1,000 deckers of red hides tanned within two years. He soon afterwards obtained a pension of L200 per annum, which he surrendered in1611 after he had got his grant of lands in Fermanagh."-See Calendar of State

Papers, Domestic Series, James I. ; August 17,1603, and May 16, 1611."
In “Parliamentary Memoirs of Fermanagh," by the Earl of Belmore,
1885, page 16, we find- Sir John Hume, or Home

"Patrick Hume, of Polworth, in Scotland, had two sons, viz., Patrick, of Manderston, and Alexander, Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 1593, who on the 15th October, 1591, obtained a crown charter of the lands and barony of North Berwick. His sister also was the prioress at North Berwick till her death. Upon the death of Alexander in July, 1597, John, the eldest son of Patrick, of Manderston, succeeded to the lands (barony) of North Berwick, which were sold, July 1st, 1633, to Sir William Dick, Sir John had two brothers, Alexander and George, the latter having accompanied King James to England was created an English peer, 7th July, 1604, as Lord Berwick. He had been Treasurer of Scotland, and was on the 3rd July, 1604 further created Earl of Dunbar in the Scotch peerage; be was also a Knight of the Garter, Chancellor of Exchequer, and Master of the Wardrobe. “With his help his brothers, Sir John and Alexander, had every opportunity of being forwarded in their projects in connection with the Plantation of Ulster. Pyner says, Sir John Hume hath 2,000 acres called Carrynroe. To this Sir John Hume added by purchase in 1615 from William Fuller, 1,500 acres called Moyglasse. In 1626 Sir John purchased another small proportion estimated at 1,000 acres called Drumcose, from his brother Alexander, the first patentee. Pyner, however, in 1618 found this in the enjoyment of Sir John's eldest son, George (the father of Phoebe, who married Henry Blennerhassett)."

"By the union of these three estates Sir John Hume became the largest proprietor in the County Fermanagh. Sir John Hume died 26th September 1639, and was succeeded by his son, George, created a baronet in 1671. Sir George was succeeded by his son, Sir John, who died in 1695, and was in turn succeeded by his son, Sir Gustavus. The estates ultimately passed to Mary, eldest daughter of Sir Gustavus Hume (by his wife Mary, daughter of the Earl of Drogheda), who on the 18th August, 1739, married Nicholas, afterwards second Viscount Loftus of Ely, and are now in the possession of the Marquis of Ely."

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