Birth Year is conjecture - it is likely William was born earlier than 1785.
Notes from the National Archives of Ireland, Irish Convicts to Australia Transportation Database:
William (or James) Adair was imprisoned in the military barracks known as "New Geneva" in 1799. It is possible William was a prisoner at New Geneva due to possible involvement in the May 1798 Irish Rebellion. The records in the National Archives contain a petition dated 22 August 1799 from Captain D.H. Boyd who was Adair's landlord. No further information about the contents of this petition is available in the online records from the National Archives.
It is not known if Adair was subsequently sent to Australia. Many prisoners at New Geneva (if they were not sentenced to death) were transported, or press ganged into the Royal Navy, or forcibly subscripted in the Prussian Army.
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On 5 Sep 2016 at 16:08 GMT Leigh (Hoolihan) Murrin wrote: