William Adam 1689–1748

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William ADAM 1689-1748

Biographical Note

The son of John Adam, builder and merchant, and of his wife, Helen, daughter of the third Lord Cranstoun, William Adam was trained as a mason. He had an extensive career as a builder, entrepreneur and architect, mainly in Scotland. From the 1720s on he designed mansions for a number of wealthy and aristocratic patrons.

His three sons John Adam, Robert Adam and James Adam continued in their father's footsteps.


Adam's library at Blair Adam is recorded as having had a range of over 140 architectural works from Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Britain.