I learned everything I know from my mother!:)Seriously, I forward your message to her and she can advise where the best places to find information on our particular Adams line.She has done extensive research.
As to Gordon clan and the Adams sept, there are numerous wonderful sites on the web with great information, as well as numerous books dealing with Scottish History in the period of 1500-1700.An excellent overview book is James G. Leyburn's "The Scoth-Irish: A Social History."This book focuses on the Scots who migrated to the Ulster Plantation and emigrated to America.Other books and resources can expand the larger historical backdrop.
The Gordon clan has a colorful and wonderful history.The Gordons were believed to be Norman in origin who came with William the Conqueror in the invasion of England in 1066.Several Normans migrated into Scotland ... including the family of Robert the Bruce.Legend has it, that the first Gordon in Scotland rescued the King of Scotland from a wild boar and was granted land as a reward.
The Gordons controlled the land in the southern lowlands, including Berwick.Berwick was a powerful commercial center in the 13th century until it was ruthlessly sacked and much of its populance massacred by Edward I (Longshanks) of England.After Robert the Bruce had secured his throne, he granted large portions of Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland to Sir Adam duGordon - the then head of the Gordon clan.
At its peak of power under the Earl of Huntly in the days of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Gordons controlled most of northeast Scotland.The Earl was known as "the cock of the north."The Earl died of apoplexy following a tragic battle with Queen Mary's army that resulted from a failed attempt to rescue the Earl's son from arrest-- a lengthy story in and of itself.Despite temporary royal disfavor, the clan remained a powerful influence in northeast Scotland until the 19th century.The Gordons were ardent Catholics -- although my ancestors were (like most Scots of that day) Presbyterians --and most supported the Jacobite uprisings.