Here are my records of the McAdoos, mainly in Co Donegal, Ireland.
I have some further notes on the family going back to 1630, in Donegal, not yet on my computer.
I would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in the Irish McAdoos.
The name is, and was, rare in Ireland, and also Scotland, and there is reason to suspect that all of the name are therefore related.
With best wishes to all McAdoos,
Subsidy Rolls Co Donegal 1662, granted by the 1662 Parl.
Raphoe Barony: Ray parish
From Simon Elliott 12 Sept 2002 to â€œThe Scottish Genealogistâ€œ:
I would be grateful if the following message can be put in the "Queries" column of the next Quarterly Journal.
The McAdoo name appears in army muster lists in County Donegal, Ireland, as early as 1630. By the nineteenth century, there are McAdoos in Cork and Tyrone in addition to the main stronghold of the family in Donegal, but the name was never numerous - perhaps 40 or so families bore the name at that date. The name is now rare in Ireland.
Almost without exception, the McAdoos were Presbyterian, from which it has been deduced, without any apparent evidence, that the family came to Ireland from Scotland at or about the time of James VI's Plantation of Ulster. The name appears to be Gaelic in its origin - Mac Aodh Dubh - "son of dark Hugh".
Many branches of the family became established in North America from the 1700's, and "Devil John McAdoo" had a price on his head during the American Revolution.
Does anyone have any instance of the name in the Scottish records?
One theory among the Canadian McAdoos is that they may have been descended from the MacGregors, having assumed the name of McAdoo in consequence of the proscription in 1603 of the MacGregor surname. No evidence for this has appeared.
I would be pleased to hear from anyone having information on the McAdoo surname in Scotland.
Simon Elliott, East Above Park, Selside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9LA.
From Donegal Annual 1995 p 51:
Aodh Mac Aodh Dubh, of Ramelton, bro to Manus 21ST Chieftain of the Oâ€™Donnels, d 1618. Had grandson Daniel.
From Blackâ€™s â€œThe Surnames of Scotlandâ€:
Donald McCado, bailie at the Logy, charged with interfering with burgesse engaged in the fisheries in the North Isles, 1586 (see Collecteanea de rebus Albanicis, Edin 1847 â€“ orig. papers dealing with hist of Highlands and Islands)
Co Donegal Muster roll 1630
Barony de Rapho: the Lady Conningham Widdow of Sir James Conningham
James mcAdowe Sword and snaphance
Muster Roll, Raphoe 22 August 1642
Sir Robert Stewartâ€™s Regiment from 1 July 1642
James Hamilton Capt his foot companie
John McAdoe Corporal
Hearth Money 1665 Taughboyne p. Gortlush James Mâ€™Adoe
From A Calendar of Wills in the Diocese of Derry [with probate dates]:
John McAdo *1692.
From Index to Raphoe Marriage Licence Bonds Index 1710-55 and 1817-30 transcribed by Rosemary Ffolliott
Helen Mc A Doo and John Marshall 1735
Index of Raphoe Diocese [Co Donegal Ireland] Administration Bonds - John Mackadoo, Auchnuncium 1699; Alexander McAdoo, Drimholm 1708; Mungo McAdoo, Taughboyne 1714; John McAdoo, Gortnee 1783; James McAdoo, 1806; Eleanor McAdoo, 1826; John McAdoo, 1833; James Glenfanett McAdoo, 1840.
1665 Hearth Money Rolls Barony Raphoe, Donegal - Walter McAdoo in Ray townland (perhaps Raymoghy's Ryelands.
St. Columbs Cathedral, Londonderry (Derry) - Jacob McAdoo married Francis Haslet 25 January 1726
Index Derry Diocese Administration Bonds - Robert McAdoo, Tullett, Templemore, 1806.
Will of John Houston of Dundee [townland near St Johnston Co Donegal] 1732; sister Elizabeth Gardiner alias Houston;
Alderman John Cowan and his daughter Mary Cowan;
John and Alexander Houston sons to John Houston of Drumnabratty [Raphoe par.];
Mary Bredin alias MclleWain and the other children of James MclleWain;
Children of the late Thos Scott of Carigans [Killea par. Co Don.]
Andrew Donnell son of James Donnell of Pennsylvania;
Joseph Scott of Tobershane [Toberslane in Killea par.]
Jean Thompson dau of Archibald Thompson of Molennan;
Benjamin Davies of Derry, merchant;
William McAdoo, servant of testator.
William Boyd of Monereagh Dissenting Teacher;
Dr Andrew Hamilton.
Execs Alderman John Cowan of Derry and brother-in â€“law John Marshall;
Overseer Revd Andrew Hamilton DD;
Witnesses John Paul, Robt Paul.
E of Abercorn to James Hamilton Esq, Strabane,
2 Sept, 1773.
" I give my consent, as far as that goes, to the McAdoes to sell their land in Phedyglass."
From L D S film 531698
Registry of Deeds
327. 158. 216290
Memorial of Deed of assignment of lease 6 June 1778 regd 18 June 1778 from Hugh Boal of Tullydonnell in Raphoe p. to John McAdoo and Thos Johnston both of Tullydonnell farmers; residue of the Grand Lease granted by the present Alexr Montgomery Esq or by his father or uncle of that pt of the Stone Park pt of Tullydonnell occ by H B and Wm Glenn; wit Andrew McClure of Convoy Innholder, John Henderson of Convoy yarn mercht and Thos Boal of Tullydonnell farmer; mem wit T B and Wm McLaughlin of L'derry gent.
From L D S film 534692
Registry of Deeds
427. 394. 279224
Memorial of Indenture of assignment dat 15 Sept 1790 reg [blank] betw 1) Wm Glen, Hannah Glen his wife and John Glen their son all of the town of Deerpark of Tullydonnell in Raphoe p. and 2) John McAdoo of the same whereby for Â£18 of lawful money of G B 1) assign to 2) lands called Watercoursepark and the garden belonging to hold for ever; wit Matthew Morrison of Cornagellagh James Lynch and Samuel Smiley both of Deerpark of T; mem wit J L and Jas Carlin of Strabane Innholder.
From L D S film 545044
Registry of Deeds
467. 289. 298528
Memorial of Indented deed dat 18 May 1793 - Moses McAdoo of Gortree Co Donegal assigns to James Boggs of Tillyern Co Donegal part of his lease of 20.37.0 acs of Gortree held from Wm Forward of C'forward dat 12 Dec 1788, comprising 12 acs with "crop now greening" and the stock of 2 flecked cows, one red cow, two black mares, 6 Ash chairs, one dresser, one press, one loom, two chests, one feather bed, two chaff beds, 3 iron potts, one plow and 2 harrows; deed and mem. Christian Davis attorney and Jn Thomas clk, both of Drummohill; sworn 18 May 1793.
From L D S film 545030
Registry of Deeds
559. 521. 377022
Memorial of indented deed dat 27 June 1803 betw 1) Moses Ross farmer and Sarah Ross o'wise Glenn his wife both of Gentle Doois Co Donegal, and 2) Andrew McAdoo of Ardagh [prob Taughboyne p.] Co Don farmer; marr. intended betw Andrew and Ann Ross dau of Moses and Sarah; now in consdn of Â£200 secured by the bond of Andrew and of John McAdoo of Ardagh , Moses and Sarah grant Andrew the two third pts of Gentle Doois in Rye p. with the corn mill thereon to hold for the life of James Hamilton senr. of Strabane Esqor residue 21 yrs lease computed from 1 Jan 1790; Moses and sarah to have yrly 3 barrels of shelling being in the whole 900 wt, one hundred and half of mill cleansed flax, the grazing and foddering of a cow, 40 measures of potatoes, 60 loads of turf cut, won and drawn home, 100 and half of beef ...; wit John McAdoo of Ardagh farmer and William Ross of city of L'derry N P; mem wit M R and Joseph Ewing of Braehead in suburbs of L'derry gent; W R sworn L'd 27 June 1804.
James Hamilton Strabane 12 Sept 1773 to Earl of Abercorn:
[Son of James McAdoo of Phedyglas m. dau of Elias Blair - her portion Â£30 acc to the marr. articles.]
Tenant on Abercornâ€™s Donegal estate 1794 Ardagh John Mâ€™Adoo ( fr. Lecky)
Householders in St Johnston Co Donegal 1794 William Mâ€™Adoo
GO 442 Lists of Freeholders for Co Donegal 1761-75:
Samuel McAdoo Glenfannett Mr Clements 1761
John McAdoo Glenfannett do. 1775 [regd 15 Dec]
William McAdoo Glenfannett
PRONI - T/808/15006
Tenison Groves abstracts - [the following is the full content].
"Returns to the Irish House of Commons preserved in 1900 in the Record Office, Dublin."
Regd. 15 Dec 1775
Freeholder Freehold at
John McAdoo Glenfannet
John McAdoo Stonepark
Freeholder resident at July 1789
James McAdoo Glenfannet
Flax seed premiums, Co Donegal 1796:
All-Saints Moses Mâ€™Adoo
Raphoe John Mâ€™Adoo, James Mâ€™Adoo
Taughboyne John Mâ€™Adoo, James Mâ€™Adoo, John Mâ€™Adoo, James Mâ€™Adoo, Mongo Mâ€™Adoo
Templemore Francis Mâ€™Adoo
Tully William Mâ€™Adoo, Robert Mâ€™Adoo
In Raphoe Cathedral burial ground:
A very worn, flat stone at east boundary beyond the chancel "Here lyeth the body of John McAdoo who Departed this life October ye 26th 1780 Aged 70 Years."
From Transcripts of Donaghmore Co Donegal Presb Ch Registers 1820-99:
4 Feb 1875 William John Eccles farmer Edenamoghill m Elizabeth McAdoo Drumbarnett
In Churchtown burial ground nr Carrigans by Taughboyne Ch. of Ireland Church :
"Mungo McAdoo of Dernakilly died 1885."