J/JOHN/ADAIR ESQ GENOCH MARRIED AGE, 63yrs OCCUP: DEP. LIEUT & JP COUNTY WIGTOWN/ EDN/HIGH CHURCH PARISH/ (???) ------------------
At the beginning of the 1700s, John Adair, the laird of Little Genoch, was married to Mary Agnew, a near kinswoman of the celebrated Sir Andrew Agnew, colonel of the Scots Fusiliers at Dettingen.
Their son Thomas Adair succeeded his father in 1721, and, retiring with his captaincy, settled on the estate. (Had Thomas Adair been stationed in America with the Scottish army then returned to Balkail or Genoch in 1721 ?)
He married Jean, daughter of Andrew Ross of Balsarroch and BALKAIL, Admiral Sir John Ross, the Arctic explorer, Sir Hew Dalrymple, and Field-Marshal Sir Hew Dalrymple Ross, were all her great-nephews, and her son, Dr. John Adair, was the man in whose arms Wolfe died at the taking of Quebec; it is he who is shown in Benjamin West's picture supporting the General.
Catherine Adair, the daughter of Thomas Adair and Jean Ross, married the Rev. James Tweddale, minister of Glenluce from 1758 to 1778. One of their children, Catherine, married John Ruskin.