re: Robert Adair of Ballymena (1721-1798) had 3 children: William (b. 28 Jan 1754, died young), Hugh “commonly called William” b.1755, d.1844, and Robert (b. 1760, d. 18 Mar 1837), ....I have a copy of his will. This Robert m. 3 Feb 1786 Eliza Payne dau of a London Merchant at St Pancras on 3 Feb 1786. They lived at Ealing and may have been buried in the same church in Acton as "Robin" Adair, his wife Caroline and their young children.
Robert and Eliza Adair (nee Payne / Paine) had 2 children: 1. Robert Adair* (bc.1787, believed unm., ....a Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion 1st Guards, ....who died in 1815 from wounds received at Quatre Bras, ....just before the Battle of Waterloo) 2. Elizabeth Adair (chr. 11 Jul 1798, ...m. 1824 The Hon Edward Grey and had issue, ...died 28 Sep 1829 at Bishopsgate).
Is the above Robert Adair d. 1815 the same - *CAPTAIN ROBERT ADAIR, OF THE 1ST GUARDS (by Rees Howell Gronow) No language can express the admiration felt by all who witnessed the heroic exploits of poor Adair.During the charges of the French cavalry, which were always preceded by a tremendous fire of artillery at point-blank distance, we lost man men.The cuirassiers and heavy dragoons approached so close, that it was feared they would enter by the gap which had been made in our square.Adair rushed forward, placed himself in the open space, and with one blow of his sword killed a French officer who had actually got amongst our men.After many exploits, shewing a coolness and a courage rarely equalled, and never surpassed, Adair was struck towards the end of the day by a cannon ball, which shattered his thigh near the hip.His sufferings during the amputation were dreadful ; the shot had torn away the flesh of the thigh, and the bones were sticking up near the hip in splinters.The surgeon, Mr. Gilder, had much difficulty in using his knife, having blunted it, and all his other instruments, by amputations in the earlier part of the battle.Poor Adair during the operation had sufficient pluck to make one last ghastly joke, saying, "Take your time, Mr. Carver."He soon afterwards died from loss of blood.