Thank you Shirley.
I have the following information about William Adair.He was born in 1702 at Kirkmaiden, Galloway, Scotland.He made a large fortune as an Army Agent and bought Flixton Hall in 1753.I have not yet discovered who his parents were (but see below).Hitherto, I had always assumed him to have been unmarried, but now I have seen this extract of his will, it is clear that he had been.As his wife is not mentioned in his 18 May 1782 will, she must have died before then.They had a daughter Jane Adair who married Edward Brice.Presumably the Maria Brice and Margaret Brice mentioned in the will are his grandchildren.He died on 17 May 1783 and is buried in Flixton Church.
I knew he had a brother, but have not yet discovered his name.This brother obviously married a Mary.I’m not sure where the SMALL comes from, and would be grateful on any information on this.Presumably the Alexander Small, Surgeon, mentioned in the will is Mary’s father (or possibly her brother).Mary was mother to Alexander Adair (1743-1834) (see entry 4194 in this forum) who inherited Flixton, and she may have named Alexander after her father.
The “my cousin Robert Adair of Ballymena” mentioned in the will is my GGGG grandfather who lived 1721-1798.I am interested in the link to Carrickfergus.Patrick Adair (1658-1717) was Minister at Carrickfergus and he or one of his brothers might conceivably have been the father of William Adair, the subject of this will.I say this because I know that Alexander Adair (1743-1834) was “a great grandson of Sir Robert Adair through the female line”.Patrick’s father (also Patrick, a Presbyterian Minister, who lived 1625-1694) married firstly Jean, 2nd daughter of Sir Robert Adair of Ballymena, his cousin.She died in 1675 and he subsequently married Elizabeth Anderson, a widow, née Martin.Patrick and Jean had four sons and a daughter: William (1646-1698), Archibald (?-?), Alexander (?-?), Patrick (1658-1717) and Helen (?-?).So William’s father could have been either Archibald, Alexander or Patrick (and Patrick definitely did have a son).
Robert Adair of Ballymena (1721-1798) had three children: William (born 28 Jan 1754, died young), Hugh “commonly called William” (born 9 Feb 1755, died 7 May 1844, whose descendents are the subject of entry 3116 in this forum, who inherited Flixton from “his cousin” Alexander in 1834 and is the “Captain William Adair” referred to in the will) and Robert (born 1760, died 18 Mar 1837).This Robert married Eliza Payne (the Elizabeth Payne mentioned in the will), daughter of a London Merchant at St Pancras on 3 Feb 1786.They lived at Ealing.Eliza was presumably the daughter of the Edward and Frances Payne mentioned in the will (so Frances was not née Adair and I’m not sure why she is called Miss Frances Adair in the will, unless this Frances is a daughter of Frances the mother).Robert and Eliza had two children: Robert (born about 1787, believed unmarried, a Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion 1st Guards, who died in 1815 from wounds received at Quatre Bras, just before the Battle of Waterloo) and Elizabeth (christened 11 Jul 1798, married 1824 The Hon Edward Grey and had issue, died 28 Sep 1829 at Bishopsgate).
The link with the Earl of Albermarle is also interesting.Robert Adair of Dublin (born about 1711, married 22 Feb 1758 Lady Caroline Keppel (1737-11 Sep 1769), elder daughter of the 2nd Earl of Albermarle, died 16 Mar 1790 aged 79) was the subject of the song “Robin Adair” and was Surgeon General to King George III.He and Caroline had three children: Diana (born 13 Nov 1759, married 21 Dec 1799 Charles John Clavering and had issue, died unknown), Sir Robert Adair the Diplomat (born 26 May 1763, married 27 Jul 1805 Angélique Gabrielle, died 3 Oct 1855, no issue) and Elizabeth (born 1769, married 12 Feb 1786 (or possibly 1788) George Barrington and had issue (10 sons and five daughters!) and was an ancestor of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, died unknown).
James Adair of Soho Square and James Adair of Lincoln’s Inn are probably father James Adair, merchant and Irish factor of Belfast (born unknown, died 1782), and eldest son “Serjeant” James Adair, Recorder of London (born about 1743, died of a stroke at Lincoln’s Inn 21 Jul 1798, buried “like his parents” at Bunhill Fields).Serjeant Adair had an only son (born about 1776, died near Calcutta “in his 32nd year” 28 Sep 1807) and a daughter who married the Hon John Wilson, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas on 7 Apr 1788.
The Robert Adair of Argyle Buildings is possibly “Robin” or his son.
The John Adair of St Albans Street is possibly the John Adair, merchant, of Jamaica who died at Leith on 25 Oct 1790.
Can you let me know where one can see the will to help further detective work?Many thanks and very best wishes.