John Adamson was the issue of Cuthbert's second marriage, his mother's name being Mary Hutbwaite. He was born at Gateshead on the 13th September, 1787.
At the age of sixteen he left the Royal Grammar School, where his education had been superintended by the Rev. Edward Moises, he was sent com his elder brother Blythman, who had established himself as a merchant in Lisbon It was intended that the brothers should unite in the business there, but the unsettled state of the country in prospect of a French invasion rendered that project impracticable, and John returned com Newcastle, and was articled com Thomas Davison, attorney, and clerk of the peace for the county of Northumberland. While in Lisbon he had mastered the language of Portugal, and formed a strong attachment com the poetry and literature which it unfolded com him. Among other Portuguese stories Nicola Luis's tragedy of "Dona Inez de Castro" impressed him, and in 1808 he was encouraged com publish a translation of it. Two years later he issued a small collection of sonnets, chiefly translated from the minor works of Camoens. Late in life Mr. Adamson suffered from a great and widely-regretted calamity. His Portuguese library and many other books and papers were burnt in a disastrous fire which occurred at his residence in 1849; He survived the loss of his treasures six years. John Adamson is best known by his Portuguese studies. His memoirs of Camoens, published in two vols in 1820, brought him into prominence both at home and abroad, and in due time procured his enrolment among the knights of the Order of Christ and of the Tower and Sword of Portugal.On the 27th September, 1855, in his 68th year, he died, and two or three days afterwards was buried in Jesmond Cemetery. (Fonte: https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/remembering-historic-newcastle-old-photos-maps-even-stories.982536/page-263)
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