Cabinet Photograph
John B. Russell - Photographer
Kirkwall & Thurso, Scotland
c. 1885

This photograph was one the earliest images uploaded to this website and remained a bit of a mystery for about ten years
until I revisited the image to see if I might turn up more on this officer of Artillery Volunteers. The main problem in
researching him was the result of me misreading his last name as "Adams" when in fact it was actually a somewhat less
common "Adam".  His signature which appears on a laid down portion of Caithness Artillery Volunteers' stationary which
was pasted on the photograph's reverse side does at first look to read as Adams with the last letter "s" trailing off
indistinctly.  See below:
Once I realized the name was actually Adam, the full identity of Lieutenant William Davidson Adam began to fall into place.

William Davidson Adam was born at Wick, Caithness, Scotland on 28 March, 1861 to Thomas Adam and Jane Amos
Davidson.

Adam's military career was spent entirely with the Artillery Volunteers and he was appointed Lieutenant with the
1st Caithness Artillery Volunteers on 9 December, 1882. His promotions and appointments followed:

Captain - 22 November, 1890

Transferred as Captain to 1st Aberdeenshire Artillery Volunteers - 28 March, 1894

Honorary Major - 3 April, 1897

Resigns his commission with permission to wear the prescribed uniform - 21 January, 1905

Temporary Captain, City of Aberdeen Volunteer Garrison Artillery - 6 May, 1918

The above chronology was pieced together from entries in the
London Gazette and precisely when his rank of Temporary
Captain was relinquished has no been found.

William Davidson Adam married Agnes Frances Breton Buchan on 23 June, 1896 at Sterling. The couple had a least two
children: William Ernest Adam (b. 1898) and Nora Adam (b. 1904). In the 1891 Scotland Census for Aberdeen William Adam
was listed as being employed as a bank clerk. It might be safe to assume that he remained in the banking profession - while
not soldiering - for the rest of his life. William Davidson Adam passed away at the age of 68 at his home in Aberdeen on
17 September, 1930