Hume

Hume 

The Humes traced their origin back to Scotland and slowly rose through the rank and file of the Irish Ascendancy from the late 17th century onwards. Intermarriage with the exceptionally wealthy linen family of Samuel and Quintin Dick provided enough money for the family to be considered one of Co. Wicklow’s most important for the 19th century. They claim descent from the Scottish Barons of Polwarth, renowned supporters of Mary, Queen of Scots during the 16th century.

Andrew Hume, grandson of the 3rd Baron, returned to Scotland after a period in the French army, purchased the Rhodes estate in North Berwick and married a niece of Robert Seton, 1st Earl of Winton. She gave him several sons but it was an illegitimate son, Thomas Hume, who was the first of the Humes to settle in Ireland. He was a close friend of Robert Preston, James I’s Scottish favourite, who married Elizabeth Butler, daughter of “Black Tom” Butler, Earl of Ormonde.

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