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William Adam

Death: Died
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Son of John Adam and Helen Adam
Husband of Mary Robertson
Father of John Adam; Robert Adam; James Adam; Susannah Clerk; Elizabeth Adam and 2 others

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About William Adam

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"William Adam (1689 – 24 June 1748) was a Scottish architect, mason, and entrepreneur. He was the foremost architect of his time in Scotland, designing and building numerous country houses and public buildings, and often acting as contractor as well as architect. Among his best known works are Hopetoun House near Edinburgh, and Duff House in Banff. His individual, exuberant style built on the Palladian style, but with Baroque details inspired by Vanbrugh and Continental architecture...

...In the 18th century, Adam was considered Scotland's "Universal Architect". However, since the early 20th century, architectural critics have taken a more measured view, Colin McWilliam, for instance, finding the quality of his work "varied to an extreme degree". As well as being an architect, Adam was involved in several industrial ventures and improvement schemes, including coal mining, salt panning, stone quarries and mills. In 1731 he began to build up his own estate in Kinross-shire, which he named Blair Adam. He was the father of three architects; John, Robert and James, the last two were the developers of the "Adam style"...

...William Adam was born in Linktown of Abbotshall, now a neighbourhood of Kirkcaldy, Fife, and was baptised on 24 October 1689. He was the only surviving child of John Adam (d. c. 1710), a mason, and Helen Cranstoun, daughter of William Cranstoun, 3rd Lord Cranstoun. His paternal grandfather was Archibald Adam, a laird in Angus."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Adam (architect)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 May 2012, 00:23 UTC, <> [accessed 29 August 2012]

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William Adam's Timeline

March 5, 1721
Age 32
July 3, 1728
Age 39
July 21, 1732
Age 43
June 24, 1748
Age 59