re: In the Belfast Newsletter index there is an entry re Rev. Wm. Adair emig. to America -
27 Aug 1799 # 266829 New York; American brig "Peggy"; 15 Sep 1799. Passengers and freight. George Langtry, Belfast. (agent ?) Capt. Watson voyage John Caldwell (Rev. ?) Thomas Wilson (rel. of Adair ?) Rev. William Sinclair * Rev. William Adair * Geo. Watt Jos. Maratt Alex. Clindinen Alex. Dickey (rel. or partner of Adair ?) 13 June woodcut (print ): ship ("Peggy")in sail.
David Bailie Warden. New York was the residence of two friends from the Irish Rebellion of 1798, Dr. William James McNeven / Neven / Nevin (1763-1841) and William Sampson (1764-1836). Warden became a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1809 and occasionally wrote to two Baltimoreans, the Rev. William Sinclair * (d.1830) who was formerly of County Down, Northern Ireland, and Baptiste Irvine, the editor of the Baltimore Whig. ........................ Not sure if the Nevin family may have been relative of the Wallace family in County Down, N. Ireland before 1797 who may have been related to the Adair family ? Wallace was a lawyer who represented the men after the uprising. ........................
William Fox (also known as) David Bailie Warden, 'A narrative of the principle proceedings of the republican army in the County of Down during the late rebellion', c. 1799 (NAI, Rebellion Papers, 620/4/41 ).
County Down, Northern Ireland. Probationer David Bailie Warden states that Monro and his force were in Saintfield on the morning of Monday 11 June, and that he received Warden and his men with 'kindness and respect' after their long walk from the Ards. After staying in Saintfield for a further four hours, Monro then ordered his army to march 'about a mile towards Ballynahinch', that is, to Creevy Rocks. Warden's account therefore implies that Monro had, in fact been appointed in Saintfield town, possibly on the tenth June when he took upon himself the command as general.
At the Creevy Rocks, Monro set about the task of organising the republican army of county Down. Warden was one of Monro's aides-de-camp, while William Adair (a theological student from Ballygraffan and key player during the Saintfield skirmish) was described as being Monro's second-in-command.There was a James Adair killed about this time, not sure if his death or uniform were described by Martha Grey.Could this James Adair have been the father of Rev. William Adair ?