James Moodie of Melsetter

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About James Moodie of Melsetter


James Mudie of Melsetter (aka James Moodie of Melsetter) is the second son of Francis Mudie of Melsetter. The Moodie Book does not identify the name of his mother but it seems quite likely, probable even, that he is the son of Margaret Stewart. The Moodie Book, pp. 22-24

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.

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.

First Marriage

Margaret daughter of Adam Bellendan of Stenness before 5 April 1644

Second Marriage

before March 1671, Margaret Morrison, relict of Balvaird.


Evidence Published by the National Records of Scotland


25 January 1634: Obligation by Francis Mudie of Melsetter (Cautioner: Jas. M. his eldest son) to George Bishop of Orkney and Zetland, for £400 Scots James Brown Craven bequest relating to local and ecclesiastical history of Orkney, reference GD106/177


22 July 1637: Discharge (torn at the top) by George [Grahame] to Patk. Stewart, as principal and James Mudie of Melsetter and Thomas Wricht, Writer, indweller in Leith, as cautioners, of £1110:19:8d James Brown Craven bequest relating to local and ecclesiastical history of Orkney, reference GD106/31


3 June 1668: Commission by Andrew [Honyman] Bishop of Orkney to Thos. Wilson, Bayliffe of Kirkwall, to receive in the Bishop's name caution from James Mudie of Malsatter and his two sons Wm. and Francis M. for the indemnity and peace of David Sinclair of Ryssay conform to Act of Privy Council National Records of Scotland, James Brown Craven bequest relating to local and ecclesiastical history of Orkney, reference GD106/202

Published Work Consulted

  1. The Moodie Book http://archive.org/stream/moodiebookbeing00ruvi#page/n8/mode/1up
  2. A concise history of Port Beaufort & White Sands (also known as Witsand) including Family Trees White Sands & Port Beaufort' by John McGregor.
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