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ADAM, Fenwick and Paisley
Posted by: Hugh McIntyre (ID *****4689) Date: March 22, 2007 at 12:47:19
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As far as I can see, there’s nothing on this forum that connects with my Adam line, so I may as well post the following on the off chance it will be useful to somebody.

I trace my Adam line with a far degree of certainty from James Adam and Janet Crawford. James died in October 1623 at Wyllieland Farm, Fenwick, Ayrshire, where he had the “tack right and kindness of the rowme”, so the family will have had had the tenancy for some generations before that. The deathbed testament of James pulls together people that were either relations or friends - some of them were : Thomas Adam in Arness, John Adam in Netherton of Kilmarnock, Robert Hogg in Bridgend of Kilmarnock, Matthew Pattoun in Warnockland, Thomas Brown in Wyllieland, and Thomas Crawford in Walston. Janet remarried, to Thomas Brown, likely the one just mentioned, and outlived him, dying in May 1667 at Wyllieland. James and Janet had two children, James and Janet, both under age at his death. The child James was very probably the James Adam in Wyllieland who married Marion Boyd by 1646 and had at least 4 children, John 1636 (probably died young), James 1647, Elizabeth 1648, John 1651 and Agnes 1653. James Adam in Skernieland - the adjacent farm, but in Loudoun - was the son of James Adam in Wyllieland, so named in the 1676 testament of Marion Hogg, wife of James in Skernieland. She may have been his second wife. John Adam OF Skernieland (he had acquired a portion of the estate) married his second wife, Martha Young, in December 1722 and died in January 1762, so will have been born 1690-1700. John and Martha had a large family born 1723 -1743 - John 1723 (from whom I descend), Marion 1724, James 1726. Mary 1728, William 1730, Hugh 1732 (not the source of my name), Joseph 1734, Robert 1749 and Matthew 1743. Family legend has it that “Joseph and his brethren” walked over the Fenwick Moor to Paisley, and they may well have done so, for I can trace only John and James in the Fenwick record from then on. I have been unable to pick out Adams in Paisley who were the result of that migration. James married Janet Blackwood, and my ancestor, John, married Elizabeth Fulton from Stewarton and had John 1757, Elizabeth 1762, James 1767, Janet 1775, Martha 1779 and Margaret 1784. John, James, Martha and Margaret went to Paisley, and Martha married Alexander Robb there in 1811. Their daughter, Elizabeth, married James Adam from Elderslie in 1838 in Paisley, and they were my great grandparents. Janet Adam never married, and Margaret married John Brown. I can trace James and John in the Sasines Abridgements in connection with property transactions in Paisley, but I’ve never been able to separate them from the other Adams in the town.

I hope this sketch of the bare bones will be of interest to someone.

Hugh McIntyre, Port Glasgow, Scotland.


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