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Born in April 30, 1704 / Died in April 3, 1765 / United Kingdom / English


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Inspired by her reading, she started writing poetry herself and was aided by one Mr Drummond, a collector of customs and excise, in raising subscriptions for the publication of her volume of Miscellany poems, which was printed by James Duncan in 1734.[2] There were some 150 subscribers, including customs officers, merchants, clergymen, local artisans, and the magnate Thomas Craufurd, the Laird of Cartsburn, to whom the book was dedicated. It was prefaced with a sketch of her status and background and consisted of 80 poems, virtually all on religious and moral themes. But it did not sell well and Adam's financial situation worsened after she used her savings to ship a substantial number of copies to Boston, USA, in an unsuccessful bid for success there.

She went on to work for many years at a day school in Cartsdyke, her place of birth. After 1751 she gave this up and turned to domestic labour for the rest of her life. Unable to recapture the fleeting success she had had, Jean Adams died penniless in Glasgow's Town’s Hospital, a workhouse, on 3 April 1765, after it was reported that she had been wandering about in the streets.