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Jean Adam (or Adams) was a Scottish poet from the labouring classes.
Born in Greenock into a maritime
family, her most famous work (though the authorship was for some time
in dispute) is "There's Nae Luck Aboot The Hoose," a tale of a sailor's
wife and the safe return of her husband from the sea. It is reported
that Robert Burns remarked on its quality in 1771, some years after Adam's death.
Adam had a limited education in reading, writing, and sewing. She
first encountered poetry not at school but when she read extracts from Sir Philip Sidney's romance The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
(1590) whilst working in domestic service with the minister of West
Kirk, Greenock. There she also became acquainted with John Milton’s work
and translations of the classics.