William Adam 1689–1748
William ADAM 1689-1748
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.
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.
- Macaulay, James. "Adam, William (bap. 1689, d. 1748), builder and architect." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- Alistair Rowan, “William Adam’s Library.” Architectural Heritage 1, no. 1 (November 1, 1990): 8–33.