re:"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 ?? don't believe so, see below) married firstly Jean, 2nd daughter of Sir Robert Adair of Ballymena, "Patrick b.1625 may have been a 2nd or 3rd son of Rev. William Adair, step-brother of Sir Robert Adair I.Rev. William Adair may have gone to co. Down, Holywood, then back to Ayr.
According to chart HA12/A2/1/66, the later (2nd) Patrick Adair, Minister of Carrickfergus, was son of William Adair of Corgie and his wife, Ann McDowall of Logan.William Adair of Corgie's father was James Adair of Corgie and his wife, McCulloch, dau of Martin McCulloch of Myretoun(?). Wm who m. McCulloch was son of James Adair of Corgie, 2nd son of Ninian Adair of Kinhilt and Helen Gordon.This Rev. Patrick Adair, Minister of Carrickfergus, married a (supposed) dau. of Sir Robert Adair (2nd, knighted by King William c.1688)) & Isabel Forbes.This Rev. Patrick Adair was father of both William Adair, (b.1702 on chart) of Flixton and Alexander Adair who m. Miss Small. William & Alexander's sister was Ann, b.1707, who m. Mr. Anderson, minister of Kirkmaiden (refer William's will).
The 1st. Rev. Patrick Adair dc.1694 was evidently from a different lineage, and he had also married his cousin, a dau. of an earlier Sir. Robert Adair I & Jane Edmonston.Sir Robert Adair "the 1st, knighted by King Charles 1st" was nephew of the 1st James Adairof Corgie who had m. Euphemia Dunbar of Mochrum.I think the "cousin" bit comes in where Patrick's father may have been Rev. William Adair, step-brother of Sir Robert Adair "1st".
I have "Robin" Adair as having 6 children: refer, Sophia (bc.1774 in his will, dau of Miss Howard ?), Emily (dau of Lady Caroline, see monument), and Robert bc.1745 (in his will, son of Mary Fenwick).
The James of Belfast was shown to be elder brother of Patrick, Minister of Carrickfergus, sons of William of Corgie / Curghie, Wigtownshire, Scotland and Ann McDowall of Logan, Wigtownshire, Scotland.This William was heir to his father James of Corgie / Curghie 19 June 1634 ?