re: Robert Adair of Ballamena, co. Antrim, N. Ireland m. 25th March 1753 Miss McAulay (dau. of Alexander McAulay) and their son William Adair, b.1754, m. Camilla Shafto. (Did a Robert Adair of Ballymena die in Ship St, Dublin ?) ....................................... Hugh Macauley Boyd b. 10 April 1746, Ship St, Dublin (or chr. St. Bridget, Ship St, Dublin ?) son of Alexander Macauley, Esq. M.P. for Thomaston, Ireland. Hugh was educated by Rev. William (or Thomas ?) Ball, whose school sent forth Lord Clare and Henry Grattan. He became friend of Edmund Burke. In 1775 he represented Robert and Daniel Perreau on forging charges in the court case of William Adair in London, England. In 1776 he went from Belfast to Dublin, and was called to the bar, Easter term 1776. ......................... Further to the above extract from "The Edinburg Magazine, p.4 on Hugh Boyd at :
"Hugh Macauley was naturally recommended to the care of Mr. James Adair, an Irish factor in this city (London), the father of the late Serjeant, and his own relation"...etc
"Hugh Boyd was the son of Alexander Macauley, Esq., M.P. for Thomaston, Ireland.He was born in Ship Street Dublin 16 April 1746. Educated by Rev. William Ball in Ship Street..." (my 5th g-grandfather.)
"He probably became acquainted with Miss Frances Morphy and married her 29 December 1767..." Perhaps she was a relative a Mr. Murphy, a wealthy ship-builder in Dublin who m. the widow of Robert Adair ? There was a James Adair, ship-builder in Dublin, perhaps the same James Adair, father of the Serjeant of London ?