Adam Blackwood was born in Dunfermline and died in the house of Evreux in the Rue de la Paille in Poitiers on 16 April 1613. He was buried in the church of St Porchaire, beside his brother George. He was the son of William Blackwood of Dunfermline and Helen Reid. His father was killed at Pinkie (1547) and his mother died shortly after. Blackwood was sent to Paris by his maternal uncle, Robert Reid, Bishop of Orkney, and there became a Scholar of Mary Queen of Scots. His first works, all books of verse, appeared in 1563. As some of these are overlooked in M.A. Shaaber's Check List, they are noted here. One shows that Adam was by then a regent in the College of Harcourt, to the students of which he dedicated In Harcurianam juven-tutem panegyricus (Paris, 1563). Another work of the same year, In novae religionis asseclas carmen invec-torum, has Latin verses dedicated to various worthies: his brother Henry, various teachers, James Beaton (an exile in Paris), Walter Reid, abbot of Kinloss, George Durie, abbot of Dunfermline, and John Sinclair, Dean of Restalrig. All these were Catholic survivors, although the abbot of Kinloss soon joined the Reformation party. At the time he was being patronized by Jean Floret, a royal counsellor, who had granted him huge favours. The book also contains four epigrams to Queen Mary.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.