Son of Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, 2nd Baronet (Lord Kilkerran) and The Hon Jean Fergusson (Maitland)
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About Sir Adam Fergusson of Kilkerran, 3rd Baronet
"Sir Adam Fergusson, Baronet [S. 1703], of Kilkerran, 1st s. and h., b. about 1732 ; admitted Advocate, 1755 ; suc. to the Baronetcy, 20 Jan. 1759, and was served heir gen. of his father, 7 March 1759, being also served, 4 March 1767, heir of entail gen. to William (Gordon), Earl of Sutherland [S.], and, 15 Sep. 1785, heir gen. of his uncle, Major Adam Fergusson. He was M.P. for Ayrshire (two Paris.), 1774-84; for Edinburgh City, 1784-90, and for Ayrshire, again, 1790-96 ; was LL.D., and was, in 1781, a Commissioner for Trade and Plantation. In 1796, he claimed in right of his mother the Earldom of Glencairn [S.], but the House of Lords decided that though he had made out that he was heir general, he had not, as such, proved his right thereto. He d. num., 23 Sep. 1813, aged 81."
SOURCE: Complete baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1904; Vol. IV; page 418
- Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002, pt. 1. A-J, page 309