William Adam's Grave

Upper Wellwood



NGR - NS 672256


William Adam's gravestone is located by the side of a small stream to the west of Upper Wellwood farm. The River Ayr Way path passes near to it, from where access is readily available.

William Adam is also commemorated on the Muirkirk Martyrs' Obelisk and the Muirkirk Heritage Layby.

William Adam


William Adam was in the fields near to his workplace - Upper Wellwood farm - when he was spoken to by soldiers. He had a Bible with him, and his responses to their questioning were deemed unsuitable, and he was accordingly shot on the spot. This was done by the order of Captain Sir John Dalzell. His girlfriend, whom he had been planning to meet, heard the shot and later found his body. The martyrdom took place in March 1685.