Hello Listers and Janet,
I will continue to try to understand and learn from the abridgements
to sasine. For your information these
abridgements began in 1781 and prior to that the sasine is
handwritten. Also FYI there are indices available.
These films are all available from Salt Lake City for viewing at your
local FHC. With my Robert Keay and Jean
Walker, I located an abridgement which detailed every child including
spouses and their residence/occupation etc.
Three sons were in Hereford, Herefordshire and I am still trying to
learn the reason for that move. Opportunity is usually connected to
family and friends. But just how 'connected' they were is still a
mystery. I think perhaps the key is the HAMILTONs of Ayrshire and
perhaps the MACADAMs. You gotta love the questions!
Re MACADAM of Craigengillan:
I do believe that Elizabeth Walker was the daughter of the deceased
John Walker of Knockdon. The letter that
Quintin Macadam wrote was to her brother James Walker. I have since
learned that James Walker esquire was
married to Elizabeth Telfer in 1800 and he died in 1819 at
Knockdon. His wife died in 1839 also at Knockdon.
Here is a selection of details that I have collected re Craigengillan
and this family.
Quintin McAdam, Jr. was born after his father's death and provided
some claim that Quintin had a legitimate male heir. Quintin served
as heir to his father on 3 August 1813. On 2 November 1814 the
Trustees placed young Quintin in charge of Craigengillan. In 1817
the oldest daughter, Katherine died. In l822 ,William McAdam, the
first child by Quintin and Elizabeth now serving in the military,
was granted a life-renter estate by the Trustees.
QUESTION 1: does anyone know anything further about William McAdam?
The Walkers of Knockdon had a son named William Walker who was a
surgeon in the Royal Navy and the MI would indicate he died in
1810. I suspect this first child was named by Elizabeth after her
brother William. Altho the eldest son, this child was born
illigitimate and would not be given a Macadam naming. Anyway, I
have collected four children to Quintin and Elizabeth named
William, Katherine, Jean and finally Quintin Jr.
In 1826, just barley out of his teens, Quintin took ill and
mysterious died. His sister, the 2'd child, Jean McAdam quickly took
control of the Estate, an act that was not known to have been
challenged. She then married Col. Frederick Carthcart who changed
his name to McAdam-Cathcart to satisfy the Trust of John McAdam
requiring title to be held by a person named McAdam. Jean paid off
William McAdam as part of the legacy guaranteed by the Trust in the
amount of L7,000 but never acknowledges any relationship to him. In
1832, as all but one of the Trustees of the Craigengillan Estate had
died off. Jean McAdam Cathcart took the property out of Trust and in
1833 had a deed of trust granted to herself. She states in the title
transfer from the Trust that she was the sole heir of the
Craigengillan property. She noted her older sister, Katherine died
in 1817 and her brother, Quintin who was born after her father's
death, died 19 June 1826. However, there is no record that this
action was challenged.
The Court case over the right of secession of Craigengillan was not
decided until 1813 and finally settled by the House of Lords. Their
ruling - The McAdam Case - established irregular marriage laws of
Scotland. To fully understand this tragedy it is necessary to know
the background how the ancient MacAdam family acquired land and
wealth equal to many clans of Scotland.
QUESTION 2: does anyone know anything further on Elizabeth Walker
Macadam? I believe she is noted in the 1837 Pigot:
1837 (Ayrshire Directories by Pigot & Co)
GENTRY & CLERGY
McAdam, Mrs Elizabeth (of Craigengillan) Camlarg Lodge
Cathcart, Hon. Colonel Frederick McAdam of Berbith
Further to my recent post about Sasine in Scotland, I have located
this site while googlesearching which seems very informative.
QUESTION 3 - does anyone have details on the McHARGs of Mains of Kier?