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Adam White

Birthplace: Loch Fyne, Argyll, Inveraray, Scotland
Death: Died in Bushmills, Antrim, Ireland
Place of Burial: Bushmills, County Antrim, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of Adam White; John White; unknown mother of Adam White and Catherine White
Husband of Isabella White and Isabella White
Father of Moses White and Hugh William White, I

Occupation: Minister
Managed by: Kevin Hinkle
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About Rev. Adam White

ANTECEDENTS UNKNOWN. Could not possibly have belonged to a hard-line Catholic family like the Farnham/Swanbourne/Hutton/Aldershot Whites.

Adam White was a Presbyterian Minister. He graduated from Glasgow University with a Masters of Arts degree in 1648. A copy of the Manuscript of Matriculation is reproduced in "A Line of White", by Jack D. White. Adam White was arrested and served 6 years in Liffey Prison for preaching and serving the Sacrements other than that of the Church of England. Adam White was the second pastor of the Bushmills Presbyterian Church, Bushmills, County Antrim, Ireland,. The church is still an active church and he is buried in the Church cemertery.


  • Born Adam White in 1627 Inveraray, On Loch, Scotland
  • Died December 19, 1708 in Bushmilles, County Antrim, Ireland.
  • Parents unknown
  • Married Isabella White (1630-1693) in 1664
  • Children:
  • Moses White (1665-1735)
  • Hugh White (1671-1741)


Adam's faith was Presbyterian. Locations of Adam: Apr 1645 student at University of Glasgow 1648 graduated with Master of Arts degree 1661 evicted from Laggen Presbyterian Church at Fammet, Donegal Co., Ireland where he was a minister 1664 jailed at Lifford 1670 Pardoned by the King 1672 Minister of Ardstraw, Co Tyrone, Ireland 1688 Fled to Scotland 1692 Returned to Ireland & became a minister at Bushmilles, Co., Antrim, Ireland Adam studied Greeting Logic Ethics & Physics.He died abt 1708 in Bushmils, Antrim, Ireland. Bill Morrow summarized the following, relying largely on "A Line of White" by Jack D. White: Adam White was born in Scotland about 1627. His parents names are unknown. He attended Glasglow Univ. in Scotland, 1645-1648, graduating with a Masters of Art Degree. In 1654 he became a minister at Laggen Presbyterian Church at Fammet, County Donegal, Ireland. In 1661 he was evicted from his church as a result of a charge by the King of England, of conducting services contrary to the customs of the Church of England. He and 12 other ministers were removed from their positions in the church in a trial in 1662.

This was the time of the "Covenanters" and "Jacobites", names given those who opposed the Chruch of England's rules and practices. Covenantors were Presbyterians, so named due to Covenants which began in 1557 in Scotland. The name Presbyterian comes from "presbyters" (Greek for elder). They believed the community should govern their churches, not the Church of England. Groups of Presbyterians banded together in a covenant against the Church of England, to protect themselves. They were able over the years to gain certain freedom of religion. Jacobites were those people loyal to King James' descendants who were Catholic. The term comes from the latin translation of James, which is Jacob. Hence, followers and anybody opposed to the existing Royal family were called "Jacobites". England, Scotland and Ireland were split between Catholic and Church of England religions. Most English people favored Church of England religion since France & Spain (their enemies) were Catholic. But the Church of England wouldn't recognize other protestant religions. Since Adam was Presbyterian, he was in conflict with the Church of England religion and therefore faced oppression.

He was confined to jail at Lifford in 1664. It is thought that his son Moses was born 1665 shortly after he began his confinement. Son Hugh was probably born one year after his release, about 1671. Adam was pardoned by the King in 1670. By 1672 he was minister of Ardstraw, in County Tyrone, Ireland. Oppression of the Covenanters began again, so in 1668 he had to flee to Scotland. In 1690 King William agreed to a law to establish the Church of Scotland under a Presbyterian system. In 1692 he returned to Ireland and became a minister at Bushmilles, County Antrium, Ireland. He died in 1708 at Bushmilles, County Antrim, Ireland.

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Loch Fyne, Argyll, Inveraray, Scotland

Adam White (abt. 1627 - abt. 1708) (born Inveraray, on Loch Fyne, Argyll Scotland; died Bushmills, County Antrim, Ireland

Age 38
Age 44
County Antrim, Ireland
December 19, 1708
Age 81
Bushmills, Antrim, Ireland

Died -
Bushmills, County Antrim, Ireland

Age 81
Bushmills, County Antrim, UK