In the south transept of Westminster Abbey is the grave of the celebrated Scottish architect Robert Adam, born at Kirkcaldy in Fife. The stone was re-cut in 1974 and reads:
ROBERT ADAM Esquire, ARCHITECT born at Kirkaldie 3rd July 1728 died in London 3rd March 1792
James Macpherson, the Scottish poet, and Sir William Chambers, architect, are buried either side of him. The sculptor Joseph Nollekens designed a monument for Adam but this was never erected (the design is at the Victoria & Albert Museum).
Robert was the second son of William Adam (d.1748), architect, and his wife Mary (Robertson). He was educated in Edinburgh and joined his father’s firm, as did his younger brother James (d.1794). After spending some time in Italy he went to London to set up his practice. He became architect to King George III and is well known for designing or remodelling country and town houses, and also furniture. His work can be seen at Kenwood House and Syon House in London, at Kedleston, and at Dumfries House in Scotland.
He died unmarried in London and left his effects to two of his sisters, Elizabeth and Margaret. His brothers John (who died in 1792 and is buried in the Adam mausoleum at Greyfriars churchyard in Edinburgh) and William (d.1822) were also architects.
"The Complete Works of Robert and James Adam..." by David King, 2001
"Robert Adam and his Brothers. New light on Britain's leading architectural family" by Colin Thom, 2019
Robert's drawing collection is at the Sir John Soane Museum in London.