Linda, Would you be able to look into the Burns book, I think near the beginning about the piece James McKittrick Adair may have written (after being married 9 years)his recollections of his walk with Burns.
I think his wife was a step-sister of Gaving Hamilton of Mauchline, and her maiden surname may not have been Hamilton. Robert Burns also said they lived at Harvieston, Clackmannanshire, but this may not have been correct.
Why I am enquiring is that in James McKittrick Adair's letter to Grace Anna Burton Newenham, 31 May, 1793 (in the papers of George Washington), wrote that he was going to America to claim estates of his wife's family in Virginia and Maryland.
"I propose in a few days, to set sail for North America with a view to render effectual some claim of Mrs. Adair's (my wifes) family, on an estate in Virginia and Maryland, by virtue of a mortgage - I cannot more effectually interest your Ladyship in my (services), then by assuring you, that I go to plead the cause of the Widow and the Orphans - that I go to snatch, if possible, their all, from the unfeeling grip of those who have, for years, been in fraudulent of for....... possession of it.Tho they are relations, yet going a Stranger, unprotected and unpatronized, into a Country where long resistence and intensive connections have, of course given them considerable influence, I should find the accomplishment of ........etc", going on & on.
I had mistakenly thought he was going to settle his brother's estate, but now, on being able to read the little a little better, find that it was his wife's relations for which I apologize.
Would his article mention his wife's maiden name please.