William Adair d. May 1783 after lending 10,000 pounds for Bruce Castle, on mortgage to the Townsend family, (Lord Coloraine ?)In 1792 Mr. Townsend sold his estates and Bruce Castle was occupied by Rowland Hill (from co Down ?). http://http:// books.google.com/books?id=t64LAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA55&dq=Adair+Croft+banker&lr=&as_brr=0#PRA1-PA56,M1
"The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Tottenham..." p.53 "Bruce Castle" wherein Townsend then dwelt, sold to William Adair(but appears it was a mortgage). Deed Reg. Middlesex, 14 June 1775 B.4, No.232.
Another indenture dated 18 Jan 1787 included Henry and John Smith, and Henry, late Lord Coleraine.William Adair's daughter was Smith - was she connected to this family ?
p.55 Indenture 28 Aug 1787 (indorsed on the mortgage 29 May 1775) between Alexander Adair (heir of William Adair), Richard Croft, banker, Edward Payne Esq., and Edward Brice, Esq (Edward Bruce ?) (executors of William Adair dec'd).
The "Bruce Castle", Tottenham, Middlesex, England has an interesting history - The heiress of Huntingdon, Matilda, m. King David I of Scotland (?) (reigned 1124-1153) and in her own right had the Manor of Tottenham. Through her these possessions descended to Robert Bruce, grandson of David, earl of Huntingdon and brother to King William III of Scotland (?).
(Now, I had a set of John Adair's books which I could look up, but I gave them to my sister. Good excuse to visit my sister for tea and scones in our very cold and rainy South Australia .)
Oops, getting back to Bruce who contended for the throne of Scotland with John Baliol who was ultimately adjudged heir to the crown (reigned 1292-1296), whereupon Robert Bruce retired to England and settled on his grandfather's estate at Tottenham High Cross, repaired the castle and named it "Bruce Castle".