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James Kinnear Adamson

M, #55, b. 1 June 1878, d. 27 June 1956
James Kinnear Adamson Snr c1906
James Kinnear Adamson (extreme left)
Durban, South Africa c1905
  • Occupation for web*: James was Commercial Teacher, Dundee.
  • (Child) Birth*: He was born on 1 June 1878 at 8 New Road, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1878 births in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar; ref 226, James Adamson, 1878 June first 9h 40m am at 8 New Road; male; parents David Adamson tailor journeyman & Margaret Adamson ms Kinnear married 1877 June 1st Forfar; signed David Adamson father present; registered 1878 June 17th at Forfar signed W H Thomson registrar.1
  • He was the son of David Adamson and Margaret Anderson Kinnear.
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1884 at Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland.2
    James Kinnear Adamson school phot - probably Forfar
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken in December 1897 Photo with "Mr Mcnaughton" used as Christmas greeting.2
  • Occupation*: Between 1901 and 1905 at Durban, Natal, South Africa, James was Teacher [retiral notice 1947].2
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson and David Kinnear Adamson are in this photograph taken in 1902 Was in Durban, South Africa at the begining of the 20th Century - photo of bird (turkeys?) enclosure at "Letham Villa". 1902-3 through to 1905-6 Dundee Directory has no entry - was this when JKA & DKA were in South Africa?2
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1903 at Cape Town, South Africa.4
    Table Mountain, South Africa - probably taken by JK Adamson whilst in the country about 1903
  • Immigration*: He and David Kinnear Adamson immigrated on 12 May 1905 to Athenic, London, England.5
  • (Witness) Marriage: James Kinnear Adamson witnessed the marriage of David Kinnear Adamson and Ann Melville Walker on Friday, 3 July 1908 at Craigieside, Arbroath Road, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1908 marriages in the district of St Andrew in the burgh of Dundee; 1908 on the third day of July at Craigieside, Arbroath Road Dundee after publication according to the forms of the Congregational Church; David Adamson stationer & printer bachelor, 31, 177 Albert Street Dundee, David Adamson tailor master (dec) Margaret Anderson Adamson ms Kinnear; Annie Walker dressmaker spinster, 28, 31 Wellgate Dundee, George Walker confectioner master Margaret Walker ms Yates (dec); Wm Hamilton minister of Trinity Congregational Church Dundee, J K Adamson, Georgina Walker witnesses; 1908 July 6th at Dundee Jas Murray registrar.6
  • (Groom) Marriage*: James Kinnear Adamson married Georgina Key, daughter of George Key and Ann Gibson Ford, on 21 August 1908 at 80 Watson Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1908 marriages in the district of St Andrew in the burgh of Dundee; ref 229; 1908 on the twenty-first day of August at 80 Watson Street Dundee after banns according to the forms of the Established Church of Scotland; Jas K Adamson stationer master bachelor, 30, 177 Albert Street Dundee, David Adamson tailor master (dec) Margaret Gibb prev Adamson ms Kinnear; Georgina Key dressmaker spinster, 28, 80 Watson Street Dundee, George Key harbour porter Ann Gibson Key ms Ford (dec); signed James Boath Wood, William Ferrier Keith, Jessie Millar Fairweather witnesses; 1908 August 24th at Dundee Jas Murray registrar.7
  • (Informant) Death: James Kinnear Adamson registered the death of George Key on 29 November 1908 at 80 Watson Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; George Key, Harbour Porter, widower of Ann Ford, 1908 November 29th 8h 40m PM 80 Watson Street, Dundee, male aged 66 years, parents William Key Ploughman (deceased) and Elizabeth Key ms Myres (deseased), senile heart sudden heart failure as certified by Charles Kerr MBTCM, informant Jas K Adamson son-in-law 141 Clepington Road, 1908 November 30th registrar Jas Murray.8
  • Photograph*: James Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1913 at Baxter Park, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, along with James Kinnear Adamson MA and Margaret Kinnear Adamson.2
  • (Informant) Birth: James Kinnear Adamson registered the birth of Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP on 5 February 1915 at 11 Baxter Park terrace (one stair up & left door), Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1915 births in the district of St Andrew in the burgh of Dundee, ref 229; Douglas George Adamson born 1915 February Fifth 8h 10m am at 11 Baxter Park Terrace Dundee, male parents James Kinnear Adamson assistant school teacher and Georgina Adamson ms Key m 1908 August 21st Dundee, signed Jas K Adamson father present, registered 1915 February 23rd at Dundee signed Jas Murray registrar.9,10
  • Milit-Beg*: James Kinnear Adamson began military service on 13 November 1915 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, Short Service Attestation of no 142546 James Kinnear Adamson Corps R G A [Royal Garrison Artillery] Card 43/8; James Kinnear Adamson, 11 Baxter Park Terrace Dundee, British Subject, aged 37 years 166 days, teacher, married, have served in Forces previously (branch not stated), willing to be vaccinated, willing to be enlisted for General Service, received a Notice [of call up] and understand its meaning, given by G Forward Sea M..., willing to serve upon the following conditions provided His Majesty should so long require services - for the duration of the War, at the end of which you will be discharged with all convenient speed. You will be required to serve for one day with the Colours and the remainder if the period in the Army Reserve, in accordance with the provisions of the Royal Warrant dated 20th Oct 1915 until such time as you may be called up by order of the Army Council. If employed woth Hospitals depots of Mounted Units, or as a clerk, etc, you may be retained after the termination of hostilities until your services can be spared, but such retention shall in no case exceed six months. I James Kinnear Adamson do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagements made. signed James Kinnear Adamson, signed George Forward witness.
    Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation - I James Kinnear Adamson swear by Almighty God, that I will be faithful and bear true Allegience to His Majesty King George the Fifth, His Heirs, and Successors, and that I will, as in duty bound, homestly and faithfully defend His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, and of the General and Officers set over me. So help me God.
    Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer. The recruit above named was cutioned by me that is he made any false answer to any of the above questions he would be liable to be punished as provided in the Army Act. The above questions were then read to the Recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as ... to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declarion and taken the oath before me at Dundee on the 13 day of Nov 1915. Signature of the Justice G M Golded 2nd Lieut.
    Certificate of Approving Officer. I certify that this Attestation of the above-names Recruit is correct, and properly filler up, and that the required forms appear to have been complied with. I accordingly approve, and appoint him to the RGA. I enlisted by special authority, Army Form B 203 ( or other authority for the enlistment) will be attached to the original attestation. Date 12.4.1917. Place Citadel, Plymouth. Signed A Harreifbath Hon Liuet Col RGA Commanding No 8 Depot RGA Approving Officer.

    Page 2: Descriptive Report on Enlistment. James Kinnear Adamson height 5feet 7inches, chest girth fully expamded 34 1/2 inches, distinctive marks mole top left groin, anchor on back left forearm.
    Information Supplied by the Recruit: Name and address of next-of-kin Mrs Georgeiana Key or Adamson, 11 Baxter Park Terrace, Dundee, relationship wife. Particulars as to Marriage: Georgina Key spinster, place & date of marriage Dundee 15 Aug 1908, present address 11 Baxter Paark Terrace, Dundee, initials of verifying officer JRF lieutenant major. Particulars as to Children: Margaret Kinnear 4.6.09 Dundee, James Kinnear 14.8.11 Dundee, Douglas George 5.2.15 Dundee. Initialled as above.
    Medical History of Adamson, James: General Table - birthplace parish Forfar, county Forfarshire, examined 19th Feb 1917 at Dundee, declared age 38 years 273 days, occupation schoolmaster, height 5 feet 7 1/4 inches, weight 118 lbs, chest measurement fully expanded 36 inches, range of expansion 3 inches, physical development good, vaccination marks 3 on left arm, vision RE-V six twelth 6/12 LE-V ditto 6/12; marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease - mole rt thigh, pappiloma rt nieck, tatoo above lt wrist; slight defects but not sufficient to cause rejection - upper denture - defective lower teeth; approved by Robt Clark Capt RAMC medical officer; enlisted at Dundee on 13 day of Nov 1915; joined on enlistment RGA, regtl no 152546.
    Medical Inspections 11,17,21.4.17 labs, signed ... Capt RAMC; 19.5.17 dutifully inspected CW Brown 2 RAMC; Bro Ferry 21/1/18 Classification by FMB Dundee Catigory B1(one) for 9 months CW Brown Capt RAMC; 4.12.18 Cat B11 CW Brown Capt RAMC... SCCH/54000(2n).
    Service Table - station or troopship Citadel Plymouth, date of arrival 10.4.17, date of departure 26.4.17.

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  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key are in this photograph taken circa 1917 along with Margaret Kinnear Adamson, James Kinnear Adamson MA and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP.2
    James Kinnear Adamson family c1917
    standing at back : James Kinnear Adamson Snr
    sitting : Georgina (Key) Adamson, Margaret Kinnear Adamson
    standing in front : James Kinnear Adamson Jnr, Douglas G Adamson
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1930 at 20 East Haddon Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with James Kinnear Adamson MA and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP enjoying a sunny day at the back door.2
    L-R Douglas G Adamson, James K Adamson Snr, James K Adamson Jnr
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1935 keen on fishing.2
    Fishing
    Fishing at Dunkeld
  • (Witness) Note for Web: He and David Kinnear Adamson and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP was mentioned with Agnes Burnet Stewart Adamson after 8 February 1935. When she died, left money to her nephews (her brother David's sons) James Kinnear Adamson and David Adamson. Or was it to her great nephews (sons of James Kinnear Adamson)? Douglas George Adamson - he would have been about 20 and at St Andrews University - bought (or was given?) a microscope.12
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key are in this photograph taken circa 1942 at 20 East Haddon Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and James Kinnear Adamson MA waiting for their boys to come home.2
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key are in this photograph taken circa 1948 along with Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP, James Kinnear Adamson MA, Margaret Kinnear Adamson, David Albert Bell and Kenneth James Gordon Bell.
    Adamson & Bell families c1948
    sitting at back L-R : James K Adamson, Margaret K (Adamson) Bell, Georgina (Key) Adamson, James K Adamson, (Margaret) Lillian Bell, Douglas G Adamson
    in front L-R: Kenneth G Bell, David D Bell, David A Bell
  • Retirement*: James Kinnear Adamson was retired on 30 April 1948 at Queens Hotel, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; Mr J K Adamson; Tribute to a well-known Dundee teacher, Mr James K. Adamson, now retired, was paid last night in Queen's Hotel. He was guest of honour at the annual dinner and social evening of the Commercial Teachers' Section (St Andrews District) Educational Institute of Scotland. Mr R Michie, Rockwell, said Mr Adamson, a native of Forfar, was something of a prodigy at 16, when he gained Pitman's first-class certificate for shorthand writing at 180 words a minute. He was teaching at 17. Mr Adamson spent 37 1/2 years in day schools, but his actual teaching covered 52 years, including four spent in South Africa. He taught principally at Stobswell and Logie, and was a member of the panel for the junior national certificate in commercial subjects. He was seconded to the Ministry of Labour after the first world war to teach disabled man from Angus, Perth and Fife. When the E.I.S. commercial section, St Andrews district, was formed in 1934 Mr Adamson was elected secretary and treasurer. He became president in 1937, and in 1944 was made a life member of the E.I.S. Many teachers would remember Mr Adamson with gratitude, for he as ever at their service with help, advice and encouragement. Mr Adamson's reward must surely lie in the esteem of his former colleagues and the affection and gratitude of so many old pupils scattered all over the world. Miss A. D. S. Robertson, Logie, presented Mr Adamson with a picture. Mrs Adamson received a posy from Miss D. Ballard, Stobswell. Mr Adamson, who is 69 lives at 20 East Haddon Road, Dundee. Thanks were voiced by Mr W. D. M'Gregor Stobswell, and entertainment was provided by Miss Robertson and Mrs Dorothy Fenton (songs) and Mr M'Gregor (violin). Accompanists were Mr Fenton and Mrs M'Gregor.2
  • Photograph: James Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1950 striding out in a bowler hat.2
  • Photograph*: James Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key are in this photograph taken on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with Helen Key.13
    1st July 1950 St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee
    L-R Georgina Key, James Kinnear Adamson, Helen (Nellie) Key Heggie
  • (Father of Groom) Marriage: His son Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP married Catherine Nicolson Miller on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; Extract of and Entry in a Register of Marriages kept on the undermentioned Parish or District in terms of 17 & 18 Victoriae, Cap 80 $$ 56 & 58.
    1950 on the First day of July at St Paul's Church Nethergate Dundee after Banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland, Signed Douglas George Adamson medical practitioner batchelor aged 35, residing 20 East Haddon Road Dundee, parents James Kinnear Adamson school teacher retired and Georgina Adamson ms Key; signed Catherine Nciolson Miller nursing sister spinster, aged 25, residing 25 Perth Road Dundee, parents Alexander Miller chiropodist and Kate Miller ms Nicolson; signed James Munn of St Paul's Dundee, signed Marion C Miller 25 Perth Road Dundee & George H Smith 10 Baldovan Road Dundee witnesses; registered 1950 July 3rd at Dundee signed C W Baxter interim registrar; Extracted from the Register Book of Marriages for the District of St Mary & St Peter in the Burgh of Dundee this 4th day of July 1950, signed C W Baxter interim registrar.14
  • (Deceased) Death*: James Kinnear Adamson died on 27 June 1956 at 31 Farington Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, at age 78 78 years; bronchial carcinoma, diabetes mellitus.
  • Cause of Death*: At the age of 78 years and 26 days, the cause of James's death was 78 years; bronchial carcinoma, diabetes mellitus.
  • Obituary: The obituary of James Kinnear Adamson was was published on 28 June 1956. Obituary in Courier & Advertiser (Evening Telegraph?), Dundee 28th(?) June 1956; He Taught Shorthand to Thousands; One of Dundee's best known commercial teachers, Mr James K Adamson, 20 East Haddon Road, died yesterday aged 78. Mr Adamson who was at Stobswell and head of commercial subjects at Logie, taught shorthand to thousands of Dundee pupils, by whom he was held in high esteem. He retired in 1948 and continued part-time tuition work. He was a certificate winner for 180 words per minute at 16 and was teaching shorthand a year later. In all, his career as a teacher lasted 60 years. Mr Adamson was a former secretary, treasurer and president if the EIS, commercial section, St Andrews district, and a life member of the EIS. He was an elder and former treasurer of Park Church and an ex-president of Maryfield Bowling Club. He is survived by Mrs Adamson, two sons and a married daughter.
  • Note for Web*: He Was an expert in Pitmans shorthand and was well known and respected as a teacher of the subject in Dundee. Taught shorthand to employees of D C Thomson and was head of commercial subjects at Logie School (later Harris Academy Annexe). circa July 1956.15
  • (Spouse) Death: His spouse Georgina Key died on 24 August 1972 at DRI, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; 92 years; left ventricular failure, ischaemic heart disease, hiatal hernia, gastro intestinal haemorrhage.

Census Events

Member of Household3 April 1881They was listed as a member of the household of Margaret Anderson Kinnear in the 1881 census at 17 New Road, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. James Adamson, son, 2, Letham, Forfar; Margaret Adamson, head, w, 27, linen weaver, Letham Forfar; same address as mother Janet (Stirling) Kinnear.16,17
Member of Household5 April 1891They was listed as a member of the household of Alexander Saddler Kinnear in the 1891 census at 30 Victoria Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. James Adamson, nephew, 12, school-boy, Forfar; Alex Kinnear, head, wid, 41, factory overseer, employed, Forfarshire Dunnichen, 3 rooms with windows.18
Member of Household31 March 1901They was listed as a member of the household of Margaret Anderson Kinnear in the 1901 census at 71 Watson Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. James K Adamson, son, single, 22, foundry clerk, worker, Forfar; Margaret Gibb, head, wid, 47, Forfarshire Letham, 2 rooms with windows.19
Head of Household31 March 1911He was listed as head of household along with spouse Georgina Key in the 1911 census at 143 Clepington Road, Mains & Strathmartine, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. James Adamson, head, 32, mar, commercial teacher, school board, worker, Forfar Forfars; Georgina, wife, 31, mar 2 years, 1 child born, 1 living, Dundee; 2 rooms with windows, 3 people in household; also in the household were Margaret Kinnear Adamson.20
Last Edited: 28 May 2018

Parents:

Father*: David Adamson b. 25 Dec 1852, d. 27 Dec 1880
Mother*: Margaret Anderson Kinnear b. 20 Jan 1854, d. 31 May 1926

Family:

Georgina Key b. 29 Mar 1880, d. 24 Aug 1972
  • (Groom) Marriage*: James Kinnear Adamson married Georgina Key, daughter of George Key and Ann Gibson Ford, on 21 August 1908 at 80 Watson Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1908 marriages in the district of St Andrew in the burgh of Dundee; ref 229; 1908 on the twenty-first day of August at 80 Watson Street Dundee after banns according to the forms of the Established Church of Scotland; Jas K Adamson stationer master bachelor, 30, 177 Albert Street Dundee, David Adamson tailor master (dec) Margaret Gibb prev Adamson ms Kinnear; Georgina Key dressmaker spinster, 28, 80 Watson Street Dundee, George Key harbour porter Ann Gibson Key ms Ford (dec); signed James Boath Wood, William Ferrier Keith, Jessie Millar Fairweather witnesses; 1908 August 24th at Dundee Jas Murray registrar.7

Children:

Margaret Kinnear Adamson+ b. 4 Jun 1909, d. 5 Aug 2003
James Kinnear Adamson MA+ b. 14 Aug 1911, d. 13 Dec 1996
Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP+ b. 5 Feb 1915, d. 9 Apr 1979

Citations

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