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"Thomas, the sixth Earl of Desmond, while on a hunting excursion lost his way, between Tralee and Newcastle, in the county of Limerick, where he was received and entertained by one William McCormick, whose daughter he subsequently married. At this alliance the family and clan took umbrage, and forced him to resign his title and estate to his youngest brother. He died in France in 1420, leaving issue, Maurice and John; Robert the son of Maurice returned to Ireland, where he killed Gerald the White Knight in single combat at Athdale, whence he received the name of Adaire. He afterwards settled in Scotland, where he married Arabella daughter of John Campbell, Lord of Argyle.
(The origin and signification of Scottish surnames. Clifford Stanley Sims, 1862)
"ADAIR. The tradition of the foundation of
the family of Adair of Dunskey and Kinhilt
originating from a fugitive son of Fitzgerald,
Earl Desmond of Adair in Ireland, taking as
surname his father's estate name seems too
hypothetical for belief. Chalmers and others
think that Adair is but a different
pronunciation of Edzear (z -. /) or Edgar. It is a fact
that Thomas Edzear or Odeir had a charter
of the lands of Kildonan in the Rynes of
Galloway from Robert i (RMS., i, App. n, 681).
From the Bruce, also, various parties of the
same patronymic had grants of land in
Dumfries. Richard dictus Eager, for example, had a
charter of the "place of Seneschar (Sanquhar)
and half the barony thereof (RMS., i, 27).
As Bruce died in 1329, and if Adair and Edzear
are the same it is clear that the surname was
located in Galloway much earlier than 1388,
when the Fitzgerald of Adare is supposed to
have acquired the lands. "As a matter of fact
...the name is...simply a form of Edgar,
[the] progenitor being probably Edgar, son
of Duvenald, a leader at the Battle of the
Standard, grandson of Donegal of Morton
Castle, a descendant of whom, Robert [sic,
Thomas] Edzear had a charter from Robert
Bruce of the lands of Kildonan, adjacent to
which are those of Kinhilt. In confirmation
of this we also find the name Edgar attaching
to a hill on his property at Dromore" (Agnew,
i, p. 220). In a footnote Agnew adds: "In the
Lochnaw charter chest various deeds prove
the name Edzear and Adair to have been
interchangeable with the Galloway Adairs. In
a charter dated 1625 the name is spelled in
both forms on the same page." John Adair
had a commission for a survey of Scotland in
1681 (RFC., 3. ser. xn, introduction).
(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)
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|Johnny Adair||Jonathan Adair, better known as Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair (born 27 October 1963 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is the former leader of "C Company" of the Ulster Loyalist paramilitary organisation Ulster Freedom Fighters, a cover name of the Ulster Defence Association.|
|Red Adair||Paul Neal "Red" Adair (June 18, 1915 ? August 7, 2004) was a renowned American oil well firefighter.|
|Jerry Adair||Kenneth Jerry Adair (December 17, 1936 ? May 31, 1987) was a professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals from Sand Springs, Oklahoma.|
|Virginia Hamilton Adair||Virginia Hamilton Adair (February 28, 1913, New York City - September 16 2004, Claremont, California) was an American poet who became famous later in life with the 1996 publication of "Ants on the Melon".|
|Jean Adair||Jean Adair (June 13, 1873, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - May 11, 1953, New York City) was a Canadian actress.|
|Charles Wallace Adair||Charles Wallace Adair (26 January 1914 in Xenia, Ohio ? 22 January 2006 in Falls Church, Virginia) was a career United States Foreign Service Officer, serving as Ambassador to Panama (1965-1969) and Uruguay (1969-1972).|
|Bill Adair||Marion Danne "Bill" Adair (February 10, 1913 ? June 17, 2002) was an American coach and interim manager in Major League Baseball.|
|James Makittrick Adair||James Makittrick Adair M.|
|James Adair||James Adair (circa 1709-1783) was a native of County Antrim, Ireland, who came to North America, and became a trader with the Native Americans of the southern states.|
|Allan Henry Shafto Adair||Major General Sir Allan Henry Shafto Adair, 6th Baronet GCVO, CB, DSO, MC & Bar (3 November 1897 in London ? 4 August 1988) was a British Army general.|
|E. Ross Adair||Edwin Ross Adair (December 14, 1907 ? May 5, 1983) was a U.|
|John A. M. Adair||John Alfred McDowell Adair (December 22, 1864 ? October 5, 1938) was a U.|
|Joseph Adair||Joseph Woods Adair (1877 ? November 1, 1960) was a politician in Alberta, Canada, a municipal councillor in Edmonton, and a candidate for election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.|
|Doug Adair||Doug Adair (born May 29,1929, in Xenia, Ohio) is a former longtime Emmy Award winning American television news anchor and journalist who has worked in the Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton Ohio markets.|
|Trevor Adair||Trevor Adair (born in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is the former head coach of the Clemson Tigers men?s soccer team.|
|Jimmy Adair||James Aubrey Adair (January 25, 1907 ? December 9, 1982) was an American baseball infielder, manager and coach.|
|John George Adair||John George Adair (March 3, 1823 ? May 4, 1885), sometimes known as Jack Adair, was a Scots-Irish businessman and landowner who provided the seed capital for the large JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon of the Texas Panhandle.|
|Charles Adair||Charles "Chugger" Adair is a retired American soccer player and current soccer coach.|
|Cornelia Adair||Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie Adair (April 6 1837 ? September 22 1921) was the matriarch of Glenveagh Castle in County Donegal, Ireland, now an Irish national park, and the large JA Ranch southeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, a still active cattle ranch.|
|Tom Adair||Thomas "Tom" Montgomery Adair (June 15, 1913 ? May 24, 1988) was an American songwriter, composer, and screenwriter.|
|Ron Adair||Ron Adair (born 1931 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland) is an Australian former association footballer.|