From "The Life of John Ruskin" At the beginning of the eighteenth century, 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. Her son Thomas succeeded his father in 1721, and, retiring with his captaincy, settled on the estate. He married Jean, daughter of Andrew Ross of Balsarroch and Balkail, a lady noted for her beauty, her wit, and her Latin scholarship, and a member of a family which has given many distinguished men to the army and navy. Among them 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. Dr. Adair's sister Catherine, the daughter of Thomas Adair and Jean Ross, married the Rev. James Tweddale, minister of Glenluce from 1758 to 1778.
There were disputes over the will of Dr. John Adair which are on Googlebooks. .................................. In the early colonial days in Australia the surveyors sometimes were from the forces who surveyed for the Government.Perhaps the Adair men from Genoch were in the British Forces serving in Victoria and decided to stay ? Index to Parliamentary Papers for the Colony of Victoria, (Australia) 1852 – 1859/60. Adair John, Geelong, Victoria. 1853..vol/page A.14.8 Adair Robert, 12th Regiment. 1854..vol/page B.30.a3 Adair Thomas, Supt Castlemaine Observatory, Vic. 1856...5758...a.6, 24 Adair Thomas, District Surveyor. 1857..58113 Adair Thomas, Asst Land Surveyor. 1858..594661 Adair Thomas, District Surveyor. 1859..6032136 .................................. My added interest in this story is that my g-g-g-grandfather, an Adair descendant of Robert Adair (d.1737) m.1807 Elizabeth Ball b.1787, grand-dau of Hon. & Rev. Dalrymple who was the brother of the Earl of Stair. We have found little information on the Dalrymple connection except a will of Thomas Dalrymple of Dublin, Ireland and possibly Rev. William Dalrymple of Ayr.