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John Adam

Architect
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Born Mar 5, 1721
Died Jun 25, 1792

John Adam was a Scottish architect. Born in Linktown of Abbotshall, now part of Kirkcaldy, Fife, he was the eldest son of architect and entrepreneur William Adam. His younger brothers Robert and James Adam also became architects. The Adam family moved to Edinburgh in 1728, as William Adam's career as a designer of country houses began to take off.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1721 Birth Born in 1721.
1728 7 Years Old The Adam family moved to Edinburgh in 1728, as William Adam's career as a designer of country houses began to take off. … Read More

TWENTIES

1745 24 Years Old John took his younger brother Robert into partnership, and the two profited greatly from the lucrative Board of Ordnance contracts which were had been initiated following the Jacobite Rising of 1745. … Read More

THIRTIES

1754 33 Years Old Robert oversaw the construction of the house until late summer 1754, when he left on his Grand Tour to Italy. … Read More

FORTIES

1761 40 Years Old …  Construction began in 1761, and despite the financial troubles, Lord President Robert Dundas was able to move in in 1768.
1764 43 Years Old He supplied his London-based brothers with capital from the Blair Adam estate, at least until the collapse of a stock market venture by his friend Andrew Fairholme in 1764 left him out of pocket.

FIFTIES

1772 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Further losses occurred after the failure of Robert's speculative Adelphi development in 1772, and John was forced to mortgage Blair Adam.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1792 71 Years Old Upon his death in 1792, he was succeeded as laird of Blair Adam by his only surviving son, the politician and judge William Adam.
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