James Makittrick Adair

1738 - 1801


Physician and anti-aboltionist pamphleteer, practising in Antigua (perhaps c. 1760-1780). He has an entry in the ODNB as 'physician'.


W. P. Courtney, ‘Adair, James Makittrick (1728–1801)’, rev. Michael Bevan, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2006 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/81, accessed 16 June 2017].

Further Information

Married but no further details

PROB 11/1366/153.

Will of James Makithrick [sic] Adair, Doctor of Physic of Newton upon Air proved 07/12/1801. In the will, for which the executors included William and Richard Lee the London West india merchants, he specified debts owing to him including (among smaller debts such as £160 from John Burke of Antigua) three larger amounts: £5000 from John McConnell on mortgage at 6% [i.e. at 'colonial interest']; a £5000 bond from James Bailie which his eldest son would settle, his father's credit having paid £3332 and the interest; and a £5000 bond from William Smith, which because of the Grenada insurrection had been termed out to 1812.

Oxford DNB Entry

Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

Unanswerable Arguments Against the Abolition of the Slave Trade... 1790 

Addresses (1)

Newton-on-Ayr, Ayrshire, Southern Scotland, Scotland