'Adair1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Adair of Ballymena, Adair of Genoch, Adair of Kinhilt, Adair of Portree

The following Robert is said to have had to flee from Ireland (to Scotland) because he had killed someone in a family feud.
Sir Robert Fitzgerald of Adare, co. Limerick
m. Arabella Campbell
1. Sir Nigel Adare or Adair of Portree, Isle of Skye (d 1475)
  A. Sir William Adair of Portree, later of Kinhilt in Wigtonshire
  m. ?? Vans (dau of Robert Vaus of Barnbarroch)
  i. Alexander Adair of Kinhilt (d Flodden 1513)
  m1. Euphemia Stewart (dau of Alexander Stewart)
  a. Ninian Adair of Kinhilt (d 1525)
  m. Katherine Agnew (dau of Patrick Agnew of Lochnaw)
(1) William Adair of Kinhilt (d 1593)
  m. (before 1549) Helen Kennedy (a 1571, dau of Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassillis)
  (A) Ninian Adair of Kinhilt (d 1608) - continued below
  A number of web sites follow the Adairs of Genoch, one of whom appears to have emigrated to Virginia around the turn of the 17th-18th centuries. Those web sites show this Ninian as married to Elizabeth, dau of Sir James Gordon of Lochinvar, whom (following BP1934, supported by TSP (Kenmure)) we show as married to his son/heir, William. We suspect that the ancestor of the Adairs of Genoch was a brother of this Ninian ...
  (B) William Adair of Genoch (Dumfriesshire? Galloway?)
  Various wives are attributed to this William, including _ Houston, Rose McClelland and Janet Vans.
  (i) Robert Adair of Genoch
  Some of the web sites which show Ninian as married to Elizabeth Gordon then show this Robert as married to Jean Edmonstone, apparently confusing this branch of the family with that which moved to Ballymena (shown below). Rather than propagate what may be errors, we stop following this line until we have obtained comfort that it may be relied on.
  (C) Isobel Adair (d 1568) possibly of this generation
  m. Bernard Fergusson of Kilkerran (d c1600)
  m2. Jane McDowell



Ninian Adair of Kinhilt (d 1608) - continued above
1. William Adair of Kinhilt, later in co. Antrim (d 1626)
  m. (mcrt 18.06.1566) Elizabeth Gordon (dau of Sir James Gordon, Bart of Lochinvar, widow of John Grier of Lag)
  A. Sir Robert Adair of Ballymena, co. Antrim (d 01.03.1655)
  m. Jane (Jean) Edmonstone (dau of William Edmonstone of Duntreath)
  i. William Adair of Ballymena (d 30.11.1661)
  m. Anne Helena Scott (dau of Col Walter Scott of Hartwoodburn, m2. Archibald Edmonstone of Duntreath)
a. Sir Robert Adair of Kinhilt & Ballymena (b 1659, d 09.02.1745)
  m1. Penelope Colville (dau of Sir Robert Colville of Newtown)
  (1) William Robert Adair of Ballymena (d 19.04.1762, Captain)
  m. Catherine Smallman of Ludlow
  (A) Robert Adair of Ballymena (d 01.1798)
  m. (25.03.1753) Anne McAulay (dau of Alexander McAulay of Dublin)
(i) William Adair of Ballymena (co. Antrim), Flixton Hall (Suffolk) & Colehouse (Devonshire) (b 09.02.1754, d 07.05.1844)
  m. (17.12.1784) Camilla Shafto (d 18.11.1827, dau/heir of Robert Shafto of Benwell)
  (a) Sir Robert Adair, 1st Bart (b 26.06.1786, d 24.02.1869) had issue
  m1. (17.09.1810) Elizabeth Maria Strode (d 01.09.1853, dau of Rev. James Strode)
  m2. (03.10.1854) Jane Anne Clarkson (dsp 18.03.1873, dau of Rev. Townley Clarkson of Hinxton)
  (b) William Robert Adair (d young)
(c) Alexander Adair of Heatherton Park (Somerset) & Colehouse (b 15.09.1791, d 22.11.1863) had issue
  m. (17.06.1828) Harriet Eliza Atkinson (d 18.08.1878, dau of George Atkinson of Temple Sowerby)
  (d) Camilla Adair
  m. Rev. Robert Palk Carrington of Bridford
  (ii) Robert Adair of Acton, Middlesex had issue
  m. Eliza Payne of London
  (B) William Adair of Portsmouth (minister)
  m.2/3/4. ??
  ii. Isabel Adair probably of this generation
  m. Alexander McDouall of Logan (d before 29.08.1699)

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : various web sites
(2) For lower section : BP1934 (Adair)
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