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John Adamson1

M, #11789, b. circa 1813, d. 28 February 1893
Last Edited: 17 Apr 2015


Father*: William Adamson1 b. s 1788
Mother*: Janet Chapman1 b. s 1788
  • Birth*: John Adamson was born circa 1813.1
  • He was the son of William Adamson and Janet Chapman.1
  • Marriage*: John Adamson married Susan Miller Shaw say 1835.1
  • Death*: John Adamson died on 28 February 1893 at Careston Castle, Careston, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1893 deaths in the parish of Careston in the county of Forfar, ref 3; John Adamson of Careston landed proprietor widower of Susan Shaw, died 1893 February Twenty-Eighth 3h 55min pm Careston Castle Careston, male aged 79 years, parents William Adamson sea-captain whaler (dec) and Janet Adamson ms Chapman (dec) cause atheroma of bloodvessels, double pneumonia 4 days as cert by A McL Wedderburn MD, signed Wm Shaw Adamson son present, registered 1893 March 6th at Careston signed James Lowson registrar.1


Susan Miller Shaw b. s 1814, d. b 28 Feb 1893


William Shaw Adamson+2 b. 1851, d. 12 Mar 1936
John Alexander Shaw Adamson2 b. 1885, d. 1885
Annie Peto Adamson2 b. 24 Apr 1890, d. 4 Nov 1963


  • Note for Web: John Adamson Adamson, John (1813-93) of Careston Castle. Son of Capt. William Adamson of Dundee, born 1813. Owner of the Erichtside linen works at Blairgowrie. DL and JP for Angus. He married 9 April 1848 Susan Miller (d. 1851), daughter of Capt. William Shaw of Newhall and had issue:
    (1) William Shaw Adamson (1851-1936) (q.v.)
    In 1871 he purchased the Careston Castle estate. He made additions to the rear of the castle after 1880.
    He died 28 February 1893 and was buried at Careston..2
  • Note for Web: He John Adamson (1813-93), the son of a Dundee whaling captain, became an entrepreneur and owner of the Erichtside linen works at Blairgowrie. In 1871 he purchased the Careston Castle estate from the 5th Earl Fife. His son, William Shaw Adamson (1851-1936) married Nora Jane, daughter of the Rt. Hon. James Alexander Campbell of Stracathro House, and through her his grandson, Lt-Col. William John Campbell Adamson (1914-91) inherited that estate in 1934, two years before succeeding to his patrilineal properties at Careston, Nathro and Navar. He leased and later sold Stracathro House to the Government for wartime hospital purposes, and it remained in hospital use until 2003, since when it has been restored as a private house. The family continues to live at Careston Castle..2
    Picture taken, looking north, from Aberlemno / Brechin Road at its junction with Hillbarns Farm road. While driving along the Castle stood out in the brilliant sunshine, hence the photograph. © Copyright Alan Morrison and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1202120
  • Note for Web*: He purchased Careston Castle estate from 5th Earl Fife in 1871.2


  1. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Death 1893 Careston Forfarshire ref 277/00 0003 image held [Apr 2015].
  2. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://landedfamilies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/37-adamson-of-careston-castle-and.html [Apr 2015].