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Francis Mudie, Younger of Breckness

Also Known As: "Wanton"
Birthplace: Scotland
Death: Died in Scotland
Place of Burial: Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Adam Mudie of Breckness and Christian Stewart
Husband of Margaret Stewart of Graemsay and Marion Tulloch
Father of William Mudie, of Osmondwall; Donald Mudie; Robert Mudie; James Moodie, fourth Laird of Melsetter; Barbara Balfour and 6 others
Brother of Robert Mudie and Charles Mudie

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About Francis 'Wanton' Mudie

'A concise history of Port Beaufort & White Sands (also known as Witsand) including Family Trees White Sands & Port Beaufort' by John McGregor (pp. 17-22)

Francis Mudie of Breckness, Snelsetter Castle and Melsetter, succeeded his father before September 1603. Privy Council Records indicate that Francis engaged in many disputes with Patrick (Stewart), second Earl of Orkney, probably as a result of the Earl having seized many Mudie lands.

Married twice. Firstly to [?his cousin] Margaret, daughter of James Stewart of Graemsay; and secondly in 1626 to Marion Tulloch, relict of Arthur Sinclair, and had a large family; including at least 3 natural sons, earning himself the nickname 'Wanton' Francis, or 'Wanton' Mudie.


  • William Mudie of Melsetter (by first wife) an elder in 1624; dsp before July 1631 when his brother James appears in a sasine as "eldest lawful son";
  • James Mudie (by first wife), his heir;
  • Patrick Mudie of Manclet (by first wife) baptised about 1621, 44 years old in 1665;
  • Charles Mudie
  • Francis Mudie, horse merchant in Orkney, married Margaret Mowat, and had issue;
  • Helen Mudie (by first wife, eldest daughter), married before 1621 Patrick Gordon of Cairston;
  • Barbara Mudie, married before 1622 Patrick Balfour of Gairth, and afterwards of Pharay.

At least three natural sons:

  • Donald Mudie;
  • William Mudie;
  • Robert Mudie.

Francis Mudie was living 1st October 1642 when he is named in a sasine of that date, but he was dead before 5th (or 6th) April 1644, when his son and heir, James is designed as of "Melsetter".

Adam Mudie, Younger of Breckness, first born son of Adam Mudie of Breckness but, according to family tradition, drowned in the Pentland Firth on his way to be married to a daughter of Mackay of Far, who at this date must have been Hugh Mackay, father of Donald first Lord Reay. The lady in question is said to have written a poem "on this melancholy occasion" which was preserved for many years by both families.

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