'McAdam1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: MacAdam of Blackwater, MacAdam of Churchland, McAdam of Waterhead

This family is reported as claiming descent from Adam McGregor (who, having been "compelled to change his name", was known as Adam McAdam) son of Gregor, second son of Gregor McGregor, Chief of Clan Gregor, but Paterson queries this as there were no such edicts (as compelling someone to drop the name McGregor) until 1603, after the presumed dates of any such Adam.
John McAdam in Waterhead
1. Andrew McAdam of Waterhead (a 1596)
  m. Ellinor Cuninghame (of the family of Caprington)
  A. Quntin McAdam of Waterhead (a 1581, dvp by 1591)
  i. Gilbert McAdam of Waterhead (a 1591)
  a. William McAdam of Waterhead (a 1648, d before 08.1662)
  m. Bessie Fullarton
  (1) Gilbert McAdam of Waterhead (a 1662, d by 1686)
  m. _ Dun (dau of James Dun of Benwhatt)
  (A) James McAdam of Waterhead (d 1687)
  m. _ Cuninghame
  (i) James McAdam of Waterhead
m. Janet Craufurd (of the Loudoun family)
  (a) James McAdam of Waterhead ("married late in life")
  m. (1715) Margaret Reid (dau/heir of John Reid of Mid Helliar)
((1)) James McAdam, last of Waterhead (banker)
  m. Susanna Cochrane (dau of John Cochrane of Waterside by Hanna de Witt)
  ((A)) John Loudoun McAdam in America, later of Sauchrie (Ayrshire) (b 23.09.1756, d 26.11.1836, 2nd son)
  m1. Gloriana Margaretta Nicoll (dau of William Nicoll of Islop, America)
  ((i)) William McAdam (dvp 23.02.1836) had issue
  m. Jane Pickard (d 23.06.1832, dau of Captain _ Pickard)
  ((ii))+ other issue - James (d infant), Sir James Nicoll (d 30.06.1852), Gloriana Margaretta, Georgina Keith
  m2. (sp) _ Laney
  ((B)) Margaret McAdam
  m. (1763) William Logan
  ((C)) Grissel McAdam
m. Adam Steuart
  ((i)) William McAdam Steuart of Glenormiston
  ((D)) William Hannah McAdam
  m. (John) Shaw 'of Dalton' (Captain (later Major))
  ((i)) James Shaw, later Kennedy 'of Kirkmichael' (2nd son) had issue
  m. Mary Kennedy (dau/heir of David Kennedy of Kirkmichael)
  ((ii)) Helen Shaw
m. David Ramsay
  ((iii))+ other issue (d unm) - John, Alexander, David
  ((E))+ other issue - James (d 1763, Captain), Clara, Jacobina, Elizabeth, Catherine, Sarah
  ((2)) Gilbert McAdam of Mid Helliar
m. _ Kilby (dau of Christopher Kilby, widow of _ Cunningham)
  ((A)) James McAdam (2nd son) had issue
  m. _ Nicoll
  ((B)) Martha McAdam
  m. John Logan of Knockshinnock
  ((C))+ other issue - Kilby (had issue), John (d unm), William (had issue)
  ((3)) James McAdam (dsp in America)
  m. "Miss Dey-Anne-Dey"
  b.+ other issue - John, Christian
  B. Eleanor McAdam probably of this generation
  m. John Cunynghame of Brownhill & Geis



Philip MacAdam, 1st of Blackwater, co. Clare (d 1694)
1. Philip MacAdam of Blackwater (d unm 24.06.1729)
2. John Craven MacAdam (d unm before 06.1729)
3. Thomas MacAdam of Churchland House (d 1752)
m. Honor O'Ryan (dau of Terence Grace O'Ryan of co. Tipperary)
  A. Philip MacAdam of Churchland
  m. (02.08.1755) Catherine Dickson (dau of Rev. Bassett Dickson of Knockdrumassell)
  i. Thomas MacAdam of Churchland & Blackwater (b 21.01.1762, d 1825)
  m1. (1783) Jane Tyndale (d 1793, dau/heir of Petre Tyndale of Dublin)
  a. Philip MacAdam 'of Spring Hill' of Blackwater House (b 1789, d 02.09.1855, Captain) had issue
  m. (1825) Elizabeth Stannard (dau of John Lannigan Stannard of The Grange, co. Kilkenny)
b. Thomas Hutchinson MacAdam (b 1792, d 1836) had issue
  m. (1827) Charlotte Stannard (dau of John Lannigan Stannard of The Grange)
  c. daughter
  m2. (1796) Catherine Dickson (dau of J. Dickson of Limerick()
  d. David Hastings MacAdam (b 1798)
  ii. John MacAdam
  m. (Anne) Vincent (dau of G(eorge) Vincent of Parteen House)
  iii. Matilda MacAdam
  m. E. Collis (Major)
  iv.+ other daughters (d unm)
  B.+ other issue

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : 'History of the County of Ayr' (James Paterson, vol 1, 1847, p308+) with support from BLG1886 ('McAdam of Ballochmore')
(2) For lower section : BLGI1912 ('MacAdam of Blackwater')
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