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Heatherton Park, Somerset
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Descent: Sir Thomas Gunston (d. 1792);... sold 1807 to (Hugh) William Adair (1754-1844); to son, Alexander Adair (1791-1863); to son, Col. Alexander William Adair (1829-89) who leased c.1880-85 to Sir Percy Douglas (d. 189o); sold 1890 to T. Starkey (fl. 1899), who sold to Maj. Samuel Henry Woodhouse, who sold 1922 to the Woodward Foundation as a school.
Colehayes Park, Devon
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The Adairs of Heatherton Park
(Hugh) William Adair (1754-1844) of Ballymena and Flixton Hall. Elder son of Robert Adair (d. 1798) and his wife Anne, daughter of Alexander McCauley of Dublin; born 9 February 1754. He married 17 December 1784 Camilla (d. 1827), daughter and heiress of Robert Shafto of Benwell Tower (Northumberland) and had issue:
(1) Sir Robert Shafto Adair (1786-1869), 1st bt. (see previous post);
(2) William Robert Adair (1788-1803, dsp);
(3) Capt. Alexander Adair (1791-1863) (q.v.);
(4) Camilla Anne Adair (1793-1822), m. 17 June 1819 Rev. Robert Palk Carrington (c.1782-1842) of Bridford (Devon) and had issue; she burned to death in an accidental fire at Heatherton Park, 3 September 1822.
He inherited the Ballymena Castle estate (Antrim) from his father in 1798 and purchased Heatherton Park in Somerset (c1802/1807) and Colehouse in Devon (1825). He inherited Benwell Tower (Northumberland) from his father-in-law, which he sold c.1831; and Flixton Park (Suffolk) from his kinsman, Alexander Adair (1743-1834) in 1834; this he made over to his eldest son. At his death, Ballymena also passed to his eldest son and Heatherton and Colehouse to his younger surviving son.
He died at Colehouse, 7 May 1844, aged 90.
Capt. Alexander Adair (1791-1863) of Heatherton Park. Third son of (Hugh) William Adair (1754-1844) and his wife Camilla, daughter and heiress of Robert Shafto of Benwell Tower (Northumberland), born 15 September 1791. Captain in the Army; wounded in 1815. High Sheriff of Somerset, 1837-38. He married 17 June 1828 Harriet Eliza (1811-78), daughter of George Atkinson of Temple Sowerby (Westmorland) and had issue:
(1) Col. Alexander William Adair (1829-89) (q.v.);
(2) Robert Desmond Adair (1831-87), m. 1867 Frances Easton and had issue a daughter;
(3) Harriet Camilla Adair (1833-1909), m. Sir Hugh Edward Adair, 3rd bt. (1815-1902) and had issue (see previous post);
(4) Rev. Hugh Jenison Adair (1835-92), vicar of Bradford-on-Tone (Somerset), m. 1865 Elizabeth, daughter of Hugh Bruce Campbell and had issue;
(5) Maj. Allan Shafto Adair (1836-1902), m. 1864 Georgiana Sarah Turnbull (c.1841-1910) and had issue;
(6) Maj. Henry Atkinson Adair (1839-1919), m. 1864 Charlotte Martha Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of Maj. George Hamilton (1846-1929);
(7) Henrietta Mary Adair (1843-1921), who died without issue.
He inherited Heatherton Park and Colehayes from his father in 1844.
He died 22 November 1863, aged 72.
Brig-Gen. Alexander William Adair (1829-89) of Heatherton Park. Eldest son of Capt. Alexander Adair (1791-1863) and his wife Harriet Eliza, daughter of George Atkinson of Temple Sowerby (Westmorland), born 28 October and baptised 12 December 1829. Educated at Eton and Oxford; commissioned in Coldstream Guards and served in Crimea (wounded); later Capt. in 52nd Foot; after retiring from regular army became Colonel of 2nd Regt. of Somerset militia and was promoted Brigadier General in command of Western Counties Volunteer Brigade. JP for Somerset and High Sheriff for that county, 1886 and for Antrim. He was a freemason and served as Provincial Grand Master of Royal Arch masons for Somerset, 1880-89. He married 5 June 1860 (separated 1879) Caroline Maria Turnbull of Pinner Hall (Middx) (1838-90) and had issue:
(1) Evelyn Adair (1862-1939), m. Joseph E. Carter Wood of The Grange, Ireby (Cumberland) and had issue;
(2) Gerald Adair (1865-1892), educated at Wellington College; cut out of his father's will and died unmarried and in poor circumstances, apparently due to gambling losses, 13 January 1892 in Fulham (Middx), aged 26;
(3) Mabel Adair (1866-67), died young;
(4) Kathleen Adair (b. & d. 1868);
(5) Nigel Adair (b. & d. 1873).
He inherited Heatherton Park and Colehayes from his father in 1863, but sold Colehayes before 1880 and leased Heatherton in that year.
He died in Bath, 16 May 1889, aged 59.
Sourceshttp://www.colehayes.co.uk/history.htm; http://www.heathertonpark.co.uk/; www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk;
Where are their papers?
Adair of Heatherton Park (Somerset): deeds, legal and family papers, 1795-1927. [Somerset Heritage Centre DD\BR\pll]