Please join me on my visits to different locations where my ancestors lived. These have been setup so I can become familiar with the ancestral lands and residences associated with my McAdam lineage (father’s maternal line). They include:
- A trip to Scotland, 21st – 23rd February 2023, to visit the lands of Glenstrae, Glenlochy, Glen Lyon and Glen Orchy around Loch Awe and the Sauhrie estate and site of ‘Lagwyne’ in Ayrshire.
- A visit to Bristol on 24th May 2023. To view residences in Berkeley Square and Sion Hill along with John Loudon McAdam’s office sites in Park Street and Small Street. Also, Bristol Cathedral to view a plaque in memory of 4th Great Grandmother, Gloriana Margaretta McAdam who was buried on 17th February 1825, aged 65.
- A trip to Falmouth in Cornwall (24th April 2023) where John Loudon McAdam was an agent for revictualizing the navy in the western ports.
- And a visit to Flushing in Cornwall and the site of the McAdam family home on 26th June 2023.
‘The House of Glenorchy was an ancient Clan who held their lands with no title. Iain (a Gaelic name for John) MacGregor of Glenorchy was captured by the English in 1296 and his property passed through his heiress to the Clan Campbell. Gregor MacGregor, perhaps a nephew of Iain MacGregor set himself up as the leader of the Clan to hold the MacGregor lands by the Sword which led to the outlawing of the Clan.’
‘I counted John Loudon McAdam, the inventor of the greatest advance in road construction since Roman times, among my ancestors. Their line came down from the 9th century King Alpin, was entitled to wear the clan crest, a crowned lion’s head, and lived by the motto ‘S Rioghal Mo Dhream’, Gaelic for “Royal Is My Race”. They once held the lands of Glenstrae, Glenlochy, Glen Lyon and Glen Orchy, to the west and north of Loch Lomond but clan McGregor lost their lands by ‘legal manipulation’. When outlawed under James’s 2nd of Scotland (1430 – 1460), Adam, a grandson of the chief Gregor McGregor, settled in the lowlands and changed his name to McAdam. The efforts of his descendant, John McAdam, contributed to a network of mail-coach communication and prepared the way for a railway system.’