Here is the text of the article in The Sphere:
"London, April 21, 1919.
Captain Edward Yeates sends me the following note with the illustration which I reproduce on this page.-
"On the shore of a lovely lake in the desmesne of Sir Robert Hodson, Hollybrook, Kilbride, co. Wicklow, is a brass plate fixed to the door of a small building inscribed:-
"Here Robin sat, and sang and quaffed the bowl.
Degenerate days! how fallen the ancient line!
How science bids ascending waters roll,
And fountains gush, where once flowed genial wine.
"Robin's ancestor, Thomas, 6th Earl of Desmond having lost his way between Newcastle and Tralee, took shelter with one William McCormick, met and fell in love with his lovely daughter, and married her.For this his relatives forced him to resign his earldom in favour of his younger brother, and he was banished to France in 1418.He had two sonsMaurice, who founded the family of Fitzgeralds of Bragil, and Robert, who returned to Ireland.Robert met and slew Gerald the White Knight, son of the reigning Earl of Desmond, at Athdare (Adare, Lord Dunraven's seat), co. Limerick, and then fled to Scotland, where he took the name of Adair (Athdare), and married Arabella, daughter of the Lord of Argyle and Lorne.His son, Sir Nial Adair, took the tile of Lord of Kinhilt, and in 1630 his descendants returned to Ireland and founded the present home of the Hodsons.Here Robin lived, played, and sang verses, and his harp hangs in the great hallway of the present mansion.He entertained right royally, and his wineglasses, two of which are still preserved, held a quart of wine each.It is related that Robin delighted in proposing a glass of wine with a guest, and laughingly insisted on the glass being emptied at one draught.The song of 'Robin Adair' was set to an old Irish melody," A leen Aroon."
[The picture shows the harp hanging well up on a tall column with busts of 2 people at the base of the column and a suit of armour near a wall].
I xeroxed the article from the Westminster Central Library, London in 1983.
Thank you Shirley Walsh for your replies 1983, 1984 and 1985.
A typed copy of an old document headed with the Royal Arms was passed to me by a relative of a great uncle Robin Adair Brooke, which reads:
"KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTESthat I, Robin Adair, for divers good Causes and Considerations me hereunto moving have made and do hereby name make and in my stead and place put and constitute Ann Adair my true and Lawfull Attorney ---
--- IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the seventeenth day of May in the 20 year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord, King George ---- and in the Year of Our Lord 1785."
It is signed Robt. Adair
in the presence of Sam Hoggan and E.O Osborne
The in between part of the text refers to Comissioners of his Majesties Navy as well as Sallary Wages Tickets Bounty money Prize money Short Allowance Smart money Pensions and all other Sum and Sums due payeable or belonging unto me for my own or any other Service or otherwise in any of his Majesty's Ships Frigates or Vessels or any Merchant Ship or Ships.
The Jesse Adair in my family is of the Royal Marines who was still a Captain on 1/2 pay in 1801.I did see the reference to a Jesse Adair obituary which you posted on Genforum.