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Robert Adam

Birthdate: (63)
Death: March 3, 1792 (63)
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of William Adam and Mary Robertson
Brother of John Adam; James Adam; Susannah Clerk; Elizabeth Adam; Margaret Adam and 1 other

Occupation: Architect
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Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA(Scot) FSA FRSA (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792) was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam (1689–1748), the country's foremost architect of the time, and trained under him. With his older brother John, Robert took on the family business, which included lucrative work for the Board of Ordnance, after William's death...

...In 1754 he left for Rome, spending nearly five years on the continent studying architecture under Charles-Louis Clérisseau and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. On his return to Britain he established a practice in London, where he was joined by his younger brother James. Here he developed the "Adam Style", and his theory of "movement" in architecture, based on his studies of antiquity and became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the country. Adam held the post of Architect of the Kings Works from 1761 to 1769...

...Robert Adam was leader of the first phase of the classical revival in England and Scotland from around 1760 until his death. He influenced the development of Western architecture, both in Europe and in North America. Adam designed interiors and fittings as well as houses...

...He served as the Member of Parliament for Kinross-shire (1768–74)...

...Adam had long suffered from stomach and bowel problems,[28] probably caused by a peptic ulcer and irritable bowel syndrome. While at home - 11 Albermarle Street, London - on 1 March 1792, one of the ulcers burst, and on 3 March Adam died...

...The funeral was held on 10 March; he was buried in the south aisle of Westminster Abbey. The pall-bearers were several of his clients: Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch; George Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry; James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale; David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield; Lord Frederick Campbell and Sir William Pulteney, 5th Baronet."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Robert Adam', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 26 August 2012, 21:26 UTC, <> [accessed 29 August 2012]

Biographical Summary

Adam, Robert. 03/07/1728-03/03/1792. Ref: 7. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Kirkcaldy, Fife.
  • Place of interment: Westminster Abbey, London.
  • Profession: Architect.
  • Appointments Held: Architect to George III and Queen Charlotte; MP Kinross-shire 1768-74.
  • Mother: Mary Robertson.
  • Father: William Adam of Maryburgh, architect and King's Mason, Edinburgh.
  • Other Family: Uncle of William Adam FRSE 1751-1839.
  • References: DNB, 1, 1885, 88-9; Anderson, 1, 18-19; Shapin 2.
  • Memberships: FRS(1761), FSA. Hon.FSA(Scot).
  • Date of Election: 28/01/1788.
  • Proposers: A Fraser Tytler (Lord Woodhouselee), Andrew Dalzel, George Wallace (Physical Section Minute 05/11/1787 NLS Acc10,000/2).
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 5

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July 3, 1728
March 3, 1792
Age 63
March 10, 1792
Age 63
London, Greater London, UK