Moyses Hill

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Sir Moyses Hill (often written as Sir Moses Hill) was an English army officer who served in Ireland and later settled in Ireland. He was the Governor of Olderfleet Castle, Mareschal of Carrickfergus, Provost Mareschal of Ulster and represented County Antrim in the Irish parliament of 1613.[1]

Moyses arrived in Ireland in 1573 as part of the Earl of Essex, Walter Devereux's army to subdue or colonize Ulster.[2]

He was appointed the governor of Olderfleet Castle and knighted in 1603. In 1611, he was given possession of the village of Cromlyn (now Hillsborough).[3] The position of Provost Mareschal of the Province of Ulster was created for him in 1617. He was granted 2,000 acres in County Antrim and 40,000 acres in County Down for his services to the Crown.

He died in February 1629/30.


He married, firstly, Alice MacDonnell, sister of Sorley Boy MacDonnell, daughter of Alexander MacDonnell, Lord of Islay and Kintyre, and Catherine MacDonald. Their children were:

  • Mary Hill, married Sir James Craige of Carrickfergus.
  • Penelope Hill, married Arthur Wilmot, son of Charles Wilmot, 1st Viscount Wilmot. d. c Jul 1694[4]
  • Frances Hill, married Colonel Thomas Coote.
  • Peter Hill d. 1644

He married, secondly, Anne Grogan:


  1. ^ Return of Members of Parliament, Part II (1878), P605
  2. ^ "Sir Moyses Hill, The Peerage". Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  3. ^ "History of Hillsborough, County Down". Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2010.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  4. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1900). "Wilmot, Charles" . Dictionary of National Biography. 62. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 61.
  5. ^ Armstrong, R. M. "Hill, Arthur". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/13269. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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