Holder is not an Irish name, I would suspect that, after the occupation of Scotland & Ireland by the British, one or more Holder was appointed to oversee the Kings interests.
Information sent by Laney Holder
* 1659 - IRELAND
* JOHN HOLDER, gentle, Kings County, Barony of Clonlisk, Parish of Shillrone, Place of Shillrone. This is the listing for the Census of 1659. The census numbered 44 persons, 6 English, and 38 Irish. John Holder is listed as "Titulado" which means " principal person or persons of standing in any particular locality" (page V introduction). Principal Irish names are listed after the census for the county and Holder is not one of them. Possibly John Holder and his family were the "6 English" of this census.
A Census of Ireland, Circa 1659, Ireland Census Office, Page 441 [GEN 941.5 V.1]
* March 25, 1660 - IRELAND
* THOMAS HOLDER, along with Ben Johnson reg., is listed as a witness or signor of a " DOWDALL DEED". Mr. Andrew Dowdall ( native of Killally) is awarded a certificate for service to the king of Great Britian. He served 8 years in various capacities in sea service and command of soldiery. He spent 3 years in prison during that time ( as a captive, I assume).
Ref: Dowdall Deeds,McNeill, Deed Record # 694, Page 337, [ GEN 941.825 M]
ISSAC HOLDER, Born cir 1743 Scotland "CLICK HERE"
THOMAS HOLDER, Born 1694 in Aberdeen, Scotland"CLICK HERE"
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