re: 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, 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."(To his nephew Alexander Adair who then left it to the Ballymena Adairs)
Another version is in the book : "A Duke and his friends" p.95 Postscript on letter from Ja. Gardiner, Stranraer (Wigtownshire, Scotland) ye 19th of Novr. 1724. "I had almost forgot to tell you who ye young man is that brought your Grace my letter, he is one Mr. Adair who doos all Collonel Gardiner's business for him and a very prity young fellow he is, your Grace can't do better than to make him your Agent when you get a Regmt., Adieu."
William Adair, son of Rev. Patrick Adair of Carrickfergus, subsequently became Army Agent in Pall Mall (and Secretary of Virginia, America) so the Duke of Richmond evidently made a note of his friend's recommendations. The Duke's uncle was Jemmy Brudenal (Ailesbury ?) perhaps related to a Brudenal mentioned in Robin Adair's will ?Not sure if Brudenal was related to the Bruce family and William Adair lent them mortgage on their castle. A Dr. Adair, Robin or John ?, was physician to Ailesbury. Augusta (Brudenal ?) was lady-in-waiting to the Queen.