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Adam [Adams], Jean

First Name: 
Jean
Last Name: 
Adam [Adams]
Sex: 
Female
Birth: 
1704
Death: 
1765
Nationality: 
Scots
Religion: 
Calvinist?
Education: 
Informal education while in domestic service with the minister of West Kirk, Greenock
Profession or Occupation: 
Kept a day school until 1751; Supplemented her income by 'assisting at needlework’ in the house of Mr Dennistoun; itinerant needlewoman and domestic worker after 1751
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
Domestic/coterie MS circulation
Patrons: 
Mr. Drummond helped compile the volume and raise a subscription
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

Adam came from modest origins, but was inspired to write her own poetry after reading Milton and Sidney. Her first and only volume, however, was a commercial failure, and she spent the rest of her savings on shipping copies to Boston, Massachusetts, where they did not sell. Unable to sustain herself on her meager income as a domestic worker, she ultimately died destitute in a pauper's grave. She is best known for the vernacular song, ?There's nae luck about the house,? attributed to her by local tradition, though the authorship is questionable.

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