Vance (No. 1.) family genealogy

Of Coagh, County Tyrone; and of Antrim

Arms: Ar. on a bend gu. three mullets or. (From the will of the Rev. John Vans, No. 13 on this pedigree).

Compiled by Wm. J. Simpson, from a Transcript of MSS. by the late William Balbirnie, of Cork.

King Robert Bruce, of Scotland, mar. Isabella, dau. of the Earl of Mar, and had:

2. The Princess Margery Bruce, who married Walter Lord High Steward (a quo Stewart and Stuart) of Scotland, and had:

3. King Robert II., who had:

4. King Robert III., who had:

5. Princess Mary Stewart, who mar. Sir James Kennedy, of Dunure, and had:

6. Gilbert, first Lord Kennedy, who mar., and had:

7. John, Lord Kennedy, who mar., and had:

8. Lady Mary Kennedy, who mar. Sir Patrick Vans,[1] of Barnbarroch (died 1528), and had:

9. Alexander Vans, who mar. and had:

10. Sir John Vans, of Barnbarroch (d. 1547), who mar. Janet McCulloch, of Myrtown, and had:

11. Sir Patrick Vans (living in 1568), who mar. Lady Catherine Kennedy, and had:

12. Sir John Vans (d. 1642), who mar. Margaret McDowall, of Gartland, and had:

13. Rev. John Vans, A.M.; Rector of Kilmacreenan, county Donegal (1617-1661), who mar., and had:

14. Doctor Lancelot Vans, who was in Londonderry during its siege. He mar. a dau. of Ashe Reiney, Esq., of Londonderry, and had:

15. John Vance, of Coagh, county Tyrone, who mar. Miss Williamson (of a county Antrim family), and had:

16. William Vance, of Antrim, who mar. Elizabeth, daughter of Zechariah Wilkinson, of Antrim, and had:

17. William Vance (b. 1740), who mar. Miss Gilem, of Randalstown, and had:

18. Ezekiel Vance (b. 24th April, 1768), who mar. Miss Lenon, of Ballinure, and had:

19. William Vance, merchant, of Antrim; living A.D. 1887.


[1] Vans: Some genealogists derive this sirname from the Gaelic “Uan,” gen. “Uain,” a lamb; Gr. acc. “oin.” If this derivation be correct, the Irish would be equivalent to the English Lamb, and the French De Vans, which has been modernized Vans, and Vance.