Adelaide Lamont, from Rothesay, Scotland, to Australia in 1863

Adelaide LAMONT was the second-last (5th) child of Peter LAMONT and his wife Elizabeth STEWART. She was born in Rothesay, Buteshire, Scotland, on 24 Jul 1840, and she was baptised twice there in 1842. The implication of her two baptisms - once in the Free Church in Rothesay, and once in the established church, suggests that both of her parents had died by the time her baptismal ceremony was completed, although no distinct trace of a death record has yet been found.

Adelaide had several older and one younger siblings, and she and 3 of her siblings were living with Euphemia McLACHLAN in Kilfinan, Argylshire, when enumerated during Scotland's 1851 census. Adelaide and her siblings were said to be 'nieces' and 'nephew's of Euphemia, but the exact nature of her relationship to the children is not presently known. It's presumed that Euphemia's maiden surname was Lamont, and that she may have been a sister of Peter Lamont.

When she was about 22 years of age, Adelaide Lamont was one of several hundred poor young women - primarily destitute servant girls, who were encouraged with free passage to sail to Australia in 1863. They sailed from Plymouth on board the Maori, and arrived at Melbourne on 26 Jun 1863. She was apparently destined for a place in Victoria, and a short while after arriving, and settling in where she was engaged, she met and married a Chinese man who had been living there for several years. Adelaide Lamont and Willie Ah KIN had a fairly large family, and their descendants can be found today throughout parts of south-eastern Australia and in New Zealand.