re: Rev.Patrick and *Isabella Adair of Carrickfergus, co. Antrim, N. Ireland, had at least 8 children: 1. ** William b. 1702,of Flixton & Pall Mall, London, d. 1783 2. Martha (d. young ??) 3. Robert, d. young (Robin Adair ?) 4. Anne m. Rev. Anderson of Kirkmaiden, Stranraer Presbytery, and had dau. Isabella who m. Hugh Nevin 5. Alexander Adair m. Mary Small and had at least 2 sons- ....5a. William ....5b. Alexander who m. Lydia Thomas and was ........heir of his Uncle William. 6. James, killed in Pittsburg, America, 1741. 7. Helena, d. young 8. Archibald, (a supercargo - ....man in charge of cargo on a ship ?, d. Mocha) Robert (noted to have been lost at sea, N. Eng.)
* Isabella Adair may have been a g-daughter of William Adair of Ayr.
** William Adair at Glasgow College, son of Rev. Patrick Adair, Carrickfergus, co. Antrim, N. Ireland.
56) William Adair, esquire, was the son of the reverend Patrick Adair, Presbyterian minister of Carrickfergus. At an early age he was sent to Glasgow college ; but his father dying while there (date .........), he left it without any degrees, in rather embarrassed circumstances.
Shortly after leaving college, he was recommended by Willoughby Chaplin, esquire, to ...............Gardner, an army agent, London. On arriving in London, the gentleman to whom he was recommended took him into his counting-house, where, by his excellent conduct, he grew much in favour, and in a few years was admitted by Mr. Gardner, partner in trade ; and at that gentleman's death, succeeded him in business.
He appears to have been a person of strict integrity, as he paid some small debts contracted at college, with interest, as soon as able; also some of his father's, in the same manner. He never was married and left part of his fortune in the manner above related.