Benjamin Moodie, eighth Laird of Melsetter

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Benjamin Moodie, J.P., D.L.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hoy, Orkney, Scotland
Death: Died in Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of James Moodie, seventh Laird of Melsetter and Christian Crawford, "Christina"
Husband of Henrietta Sinclair / St. Clair
Father of James Moodie, ninth Laird of Melsetter; unknown Moodie; Donald Moodie; John Bladen Moodie; Christian Moodie and 8 others
Half brother of John Moodie and James Moodie

Managed by: Sheila Anne Gordon
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About Benjamin Moodie, eighth Laird of Melsetter

The story of the Moodies is an astonishing saga of feud, adventure and fighting, the decay of the family's fortunes having started at least two decades before the Rising of 1745, during which Melsetter House was sacked by Jacobites. The eighth Laird, Benjamin, was serving on the mainland as an officer in the Hanoverian Army at the time and, for years after his return to Orkney, he spent most of his energies in wreaking a terrible revenge on surviving Orkney Jacobites, although he did conserve enough to enable him to father 13 children in subsequent years.

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From 'A concise history of Port Beaufort & White Sands (also known as Witsand) including Family Trees White Sands & Port Beaufort' written by John McGregor.

http://archive.org/stream/moodiebookbeing00ruvi#page/n7/mode/2up (pp 45-52)

Entered the army; appointed Lieutenant in the 46th (Colonel Murray's) Regiment 5 April 1745; afterwards transferred to the 47th Regiment with the rank of Captain and served at the Battle of Culloden, 16 April 1746, after which he asked and obtained permission from the Duke of Cumberland to proceed against the Orkney Jacobites (who had looted Melsetter in 1745). He captured Sr James Stewart, and his brother Alexander, and sent them to the Tower of London to await trial for murder.

Capt Benjamin Moodie died shortly before 19 September 1769, survived by his wife.

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Benjamin Moodie, eighth Laird of Melsetter's Timeline

1723
February 17, 1723
Scotland
1756
1756
Age 32
1757
February 12, 1757
Age 33
Melsetter, Orkney Islands, UK
1758
March 29, 1758
Age 35
Orkney
1759
February 23, 1759
Age 36
Orkney
1760
March 12, 1760
Age 37
Orkney
1761
February 24, 1761
Age 38
Orkney
1762
March 10, 1762
Age 39
Orkney
1763
March 16, 1763
Age 40
Orkney
1764
May 20, 1764
Age 41
Orkney