James MaKittrick was born in Inverness and died in Harrogate, on 24 April 1802. In about 1783 he took the name Adair, presumably his mother's maiden name. He received an MD from Edinburgh in 1766 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He practised for a time in Antigua, and one of his works, Unanswerable Arguments against the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1790), argues the planters' cause. He later practised in Andover, Guildford and Bath, writing, for the benefit of those coming to take the waters, a book of medical cautions for invalids.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.