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date: 09 May 2021

Adam family(ii)locked

  • Damie Stillman


Scottish family of architects and designers. (1) William Adam had four sons, three of whom, (2) John Adam, (3) Robert Adam and (4) James Adam, were also architects. On William’s death, John assumed control of his father’s practice in Scotland; he took first Robert and then James into partnership, and together they completed some of their father’s projects as well as taking on new commissions. In 1758 Robert, who was among the leading architects and designers in Europe in the second half of the 18th century, opened his own practice in London, where James joined him in partnership in 1763. William’s fourth son, also called William Adam (1738–1822), was active in the London partnership from 1763, but his concern was primarily with its business dealings.

(b Kirkcaldy, Fife, Oct 30, 1689; d Edinburgh, June 24, 1748).

Architect and landscape designer. He was the leading architect in Scotland during the second quarter of the 18th century and had an extensive practice. An important contractor for the Government, serving from ...

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