James Moodie, fourth Laird of Melsetter

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About James Moodie, fourth Laird of Melsetter

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

http://archive.org/stream/moodiebookbeing00ruvi#page/n7/mode/2up (p. 24):

James Mudie, Younger of Melsetter (by first wife), heir [after the death of first-born William]. Named as an elder in 1634. From the Court Book of the Bishopric of Orkney it appears that on the 12 November 1636, James Mudie, younger of Melsetter, was before the Court on the charge of having "created any ryot" in the streets of Kirkwall! His brother-in-law Patrick Gordon of Cairston (married to sister Helen) stood surety for him.

Mentioned in various charters etc (details in Moodie Book).

Married twice: firstly, before 5 April 1644, Margaret daughter of Adam Bellendan of Stenness; and secondly, before March 1671, Margaret Morrison, relict of Balvaird.

James Moodie of Melsetter was a member of the Committee of leading men appointed under Cromwell's rule to keep order in Orkney. As the Committee included nearly all the chief proprietors, .... , the appointment does not imply any anti-royal leanings. James Moodie wadset his estates to Wlliam Craigie of Gairsay in 1638 for 9000 merks, and died at Snelsetter Castle 4 July 1681.

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