About Robert Sutherland
Robert Sutherland, 5th of Langwell (son of James Sutherland, 4th of Langwell)
Robert Sutherland, last of Langwell, married, in 1762, his cousin, Anne Sinclair, heiress of Brabster. For the issue of this marriage videBrabster.
In 1775 Langwell was sold to William Gray, Iter Boreale, Jamaica, Provost-Marshal of that Island.
It is believed that Robert Sutherland had a brother who resided in Brechin, but his name and history are not known.
In the following description of this last laird of Langwell, written in 1769, will be recognised the hand of the late William Sinclair of Freswick:--
"Langwell was in town at our market, or, as he designs himself, Captain Robert Sutherland of Langwell and Brabster, Esq. His inconsistencies you have heard on several occasions long ere now: I shall therefore give you an account of his procession at Freswick's burial. First comes himsell, mounted on a gray nag so and so shaped, low-sized crape hat-band, and a streamer from each cock of the back part, red coat and vest, white breeches, mounted with black, lappels and cuffs to the coat of that color; on the right and left about a yard behind him, and as much to the right and left of the line in which he rode, two gilly-weet-feet, each with a leashed grayhound; then followed three old-looking footmen in abrest of the line in which the first three stood. Captain John Sinclair told me that he was him at Wick, his machine drawn by four horses of different sizes and colors, each of his postillions in long black cloaks, hats with cockades to 'em, hunters' whips, a sword on one side and a pistol on the other; furnish me with such an equipage galloping thro' a street. I had forgot to say, in his procession at the burial, in a cold rainy day, he had his horse covered with a net made of white, red, and green silk."
Robert had issue:--
- 1. James, who died in his nineteenth year.
- 2. George, his successor.
- 3. Alexandrina, who married James Macbeath, and had issue.
Sources: Henderson, J. (1884) Caithness Family History. Edinburgh: David Douglas.