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Donald Blair and Janet McAdam

Donald Blair and Janet McAdams are the possible parents of John Blair. This is our best guess based on data in the OPRs and IGIs and from references in John's letters to Robert.

Old Parish Records of the Church of Scotland indicate that Donald Blair of Kippen and Janet McAdam of Port of Menteith were married on Apr 28, 1719 in Port of Menteith, Perth, Scotland. The OPRs also show they had 6 children, all baptized in the parish of Kippen:

i. John Blair - March 27, 1720
ii. Mary Blair - October 14, 1722
iii. Duncan Blair - December 12, 1725
iv. Elisabeth Blair - September 10, 1727
v. Alexander Blair - March 27, 1729
vi. Janet Blair - February 20, 1732

In two of the Robert Blair Letters John mentions that "your uncles Duncan and Alexander is both dead." In another letter John mentions that "aunt Elizabeth is on foot but frail" and "aunt Mary houses at New Hous near st. Ninians." Letters from John also make reference to uncles John and William, but these may refer to Robert's uncles on his mother's side.

Considering the christening dates of the children of Donald Blair and Janet McAdams, the location of their births, and the names that correspond with the information in the letters, there is appears to be fair degree of probability that Donald and Janet are the parents of John Blair, my gr-gr-gr-gr grandfather.

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ROBERT BLAIR LETTERS

Robert Blair, son of John Blair and Margaret McLuckie was the first Blair in this line to emmigrate to America. In 1785 he and his wife Margaret McLuckie settled in Barnet Vermont.

From 1786 through 1818, Robert and Margaret received 30 letters from family and friends back in Scotland. These letters were preserved by the Vermont Historical Society. We have digital copies of these letters and are in the process of transcribing them.

The letters were written by:
F John Blair - Robert's father
F Janet Blair - Robert's sister
F Joseph Blair - Robert's brother
F Peter Blair - Robert's brother
F Elizabeth Bell - Robert's sister-in-law
F Robert McLuckie - Margaret's brother
F Cirstan Donald - Margaret's sister
F Walter Gibbons - Family friend
F William Graham - Family friend

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