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Adam Mudie of Breckness

Also Known As: "Adam Moodie of Breckness or Adam Mudie of Breckness"
Death: before March 10, 1603
probably in Orkney, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Master William Mudie of Breckness and Katherine Sinclair
Husband of Christian Stewart
Father of Adam Mudie of Breckness, younger; Francis Mudie of Melsetter; James Mudie; Robert Mudie; Robert Mudie and 1 other
Brother of Thomas Mudie

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About Adam Mudie of Breckness


Adam Mudie of Breckness is the son of William Mudie of Breckness. The Moodie Book He is noticed as the eldest son of Master William Mudie of Breckness on 20 January 1564, in a charter issued by Robert Stewart, feuar of the crown lands of Orkney and Shetland. Robert Stewart's charter followed from a proposal of marriage between Grizel Stewart and Adam Mudie but the marriage appears not to have taken place. Grizel Stewart was subsequently married to Hugh Sinclair of Strome, probably soon after 10 July 1577, and so it seems quite likely, probable even, that she and Adam Mudie were still minor children in 1564. Records of the Earldom of Orkney

Parsonage of Walls and Flotta

James VI, King of Scots, presented Adam Mudie to the parsonage of Walls and Flotta on 9 August 1577 Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, vii, pp. 254-55 In September 1592, acting as parson of Walls, and in the company of Adam Reid, Bishop of Orkney, and other members of the bishop's chapter, he witnessed a tack made in favour of Mr. Francis Bothwell. Kirkwall in the Orkneys, p. 263

The Parsonage of Balista and Cross Kirk of Dunrossness in Shetland

Adam Mudie may have held the parsonage of Balista and Cross Kirk of Dunrossness in Shetland for a short time. According to the Reverend Doctor Hew Scott, he "had charge" here in 1580, Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, vii, p. 288


Adam Mudie of Breckness acquired the three penny land of Melsetter from Patrick, Earl of Orkney. Alexander Peterkin, Rentals of the Ancient Earldom and Bushoprick of Orkney; with Some Other Explanatory and Relative Documents (J. Moir, Edinburgh, 1820), pp. 140-42


Adam Mudie of Breckness was alive on 28 February 1599 [National Records of Scotland, reference CS226] but he died before 10 January 1609. [National Records of Scotland, reference RD11] According to the Moodie Book he died in or before September 1603. The Moodie Book


Adam Mudie of Breckness married Christian Stewart. [NRS, TD94/21, NRS, CS226 and NRS, RD11] In the Records of the Earldom of Orkney J. Storer Clouston printed a charter made in favour of Adam Mudie and Grizel Stewart his "apparent spouse" but so far it has proved impossible to reconcile this with the evidence for his marriage to Christian Stewart. Records of the Earldom of Orkney


  1. Adam Mudie of Breckness, younger
  2. Francis Mudie of Melsetter
  3. James Mudie
  4. Robert Mudie

Bastard Children

  1. Reverend Mr. George Mudie, minister of second charge at Kirkwall
  2. Robert Mudie

Some Evidence of Relationship


Snelsetter, 16 November 1595: Instrument of sasine at Breknes, 20 November 1595, following on feu charter in favour of Mr William Mudie of Breknes and Katherine Sinclair, his spouse of 1 pennyland and 1 merk land in the isle of Gramsay, 3 merks land in [Thurwa?], in parish of Wawis and Hoy, 2 merks land in Utterstromnes, lying in parish thereof, 3 pennyland with the teindsheaves thereof in the utter town of Stromnes called the Uttertoun which sometime pertained to the sub-deanery of Orknay, the 8 pennyland lying on the west part of the burn of Donra, parish of Ra, Caithness, together with the lands of Schabuster in said parish, following charter by the king, 16 August 1591; and precept by Mr William Mudy of Breknes directed to Edward Sinclair in Lieger to give sasine to Mr William and Adam Mudy, his son, and Cristian Stewart, his spouse. Subscribed at Snelsetter, 16 November 1595, and witnessed by Robert Watson and Robert Wilsoun. [National Records of Scotland, reference TD94/21]


28 February 1598-9: Charter by Patrick, earl of Orkney, to Adam Mudie of Breckness for observing of his lordship's part of a contract and appointment made between him and the said Adam,with consent of Christian Stewart, spouse of the said Adam, and taking burden for Francis Mudie, his eldest son, and the other heirs named in the said contract; with sasine thereon [National Records of Scotland, reference CS226]


10 January 1609: Discharge by William Carmichael, merchant, citizen in Kirkwall, to James Stewart of Gramsay, for £40, in name and behalf of Cristiane Stewart, relict of the deceased Adam Mudie of Braknes, and Francis Mudie, her son for 13 meills and 2 settings malt, good and sufficient stuff, fresh and merchant ware, contained in obligation, dated 30 December 1602 (reg. in books of council on 10 March 1603). William consents that Cristiane and Francis be relaxed from the process of horning. [National Records of Scotland, reference RD11].



BRIMBIS 4d. ob. Terre, payis in stent ully 4 ls. 12 mk, in scatt silver 5s. 3d.; in scatt ordei of ob. ½ mk. terre off old 1 mk. 18 mk. ordei, and now payis 3 st. ordei, and in scatt and land maillis of 4d. terre half mk. les of old 29 mk. 2 st. 6 mk. beir, and now payis 40 m. beir and 21 m. flesche; and in land mail of ½ mk. terre pertaining sometym to Mrs Margaret Sinclair, 3 st. 18 mk. ordei, and 2 mk. flesh, agmentit heirto the landmaill abone-written 12 m. beir, bott was never payit; dedus off ye land mail abone-written to umql Adam Muddie of Brecknes, the land maill of 6 mk. terre callit Skebuster, extending yeirlie to 7 m. 3 st. ordei; this given to him in excambing be the Earle, off the hows and landis of Snelsetter; and of pultrie off all 8 pultrie, and in onset gersum for ilk 3 yeiris L. 4 money, for ilk d. land qrof; rebetis thrie pund for the excambit landis to Adam Mudie, swa remains, viz. L. 13.

MELSETTER 3d. terre, in stent ully 3, ls. In scatt silver 18 d., in scatt ordei of ald 2 m. 3 st., and now payis 2 m. 4 st. ordei, and in landmaillis of 1d. terre, 5 st. ordei, and now payis 6 m. 2 st. ordei, and 3 m. 2 st. flesche; and in land maill of thrie mk. terre pertaining to Mistris Margrat Sinclair, payis now 4 m. ordei and 2 m. flesche, and in landmaill of 2 mk. terre callit Flettie and Simmisone, 5 st. ordei, and 2 st. 12 mk. flesche, and in pultrie of all 3 pultrie. Nota.-Given in excambation be the Earle to umqle Adam Muddie

This is the just rent that will be payit, bott all the dowbt is in paying of the gersumis. (Signed) William Mowit, with my hand. Edward Ingsiter, with my hand, taksman yrof befor. Alexander Peterkin, Rentals of the Ancient Earldom and Bushoprick of Orkney; with Some Other Explanatory and Relative Documents (J. Moir, Edinburgh, 1820), pp. 140-42


3-23 January 1628: Precept of clare constat by George, bishop of Orkney, in favour of Francis Mudie of Breknes, as heir of deceased Adam Mudie of Breknes, his father in 7¾d. king's land in Utterstromnes, ½d. land called Stennager and quoy called Smiddiquoy, in parish of Stromnes, with sasine following Papers of the Scarth Family of Breckness, Orkney, reference GD217/5

Published Record Evidence and Accounts of the Family

  1. The Moodie Book
  2. Records of the Earldom of Orkney
  3. Alexander Peterkin, Rentals of the Ancient Earldom and Bushoprick of Orkney; with Some Other Explanatory and Relative Documents (J. Moir, Edinburgh, 1820), pp. 140-42
  4. A concise history of Port Beaufort & White Sands (also known as Witsand) including Family Trees White Sands & Port Beaufort by John McGregor