In 1697, he is recorded as the master of the of the Kirkwall ship “Elephant”, which belonged to James Traill of Elsness. That summer, when returning from the Continent, the ship was captured by a French privateer off Shetland and held to ransom. Fortunately, they were able to borrow £240 from John Scott, an Edinburgh merchant, who was in Shetland at the time.
James Fea II of Whitehall was to marry three times:
(1) Jacobina Forbes, the daughter of Patrick Forbes, Bishop of Caithness
on 13th December 1700. She seems to have been some twenty years
his senior and this was her third marriage. Her first was to Captain
William of Rusland on 2nd November 1672. He died in 1679.
|The 23 of Jarij. 79, being Tursday, Wm. Buchanan
of Rusland depairted this lyfe, and was intered in St. Magnus Kirk the nixt
Sabath following, being the 26 of ye sd moneth.
The Diaries of Thomas Brown 1675-1693 (1898), p7
Edited by A Francis Steuart
|Ffryday’s morning, about four houres, or yrby, the
13 Appll. 1683, John Mudie wes maried to Jacobina Forbes.
The Diaries of Thomas Brown 1675-1693 (1898), p25
Edited by A Francis Steuart
(2) James Fea remarried shortly afterwards but no name is known of his wife.
They had two daughters;
(3) Jean Manson was the third wife of James Fea, whom he married
in 1727. She was from Kirkwall and the daughter of James Manson.
They had one son:
In 1717, James Fea II of Whitehall was the owner and master of the “Margaret ” of Stronsay. It is likely that he was involved as a merchant with the Continental ports, as were most of the Orkney lairds.
He is considered to be the first person to see to the making of kelp in Orkney. The date for this is usually given as 1722.
There is a record from 1726 of his giving a property known as “The Hall” to his sister, Barbara Fea. This was in ruins but must have been rebuilt later as described as “new” in 1740.
James died around 1729. The Whitehall farm was struggling and his widow appeared to be in financial difficulties with various creditors pressing for payment, including David Anderson, writer in Edinburgh, and George Traill, Writer in Kirkwall. The estate was transferred to their son, James, who was too young to run it. “Tutors” were therefore appointed to look after his affairs: James Fea VI of Clestrain, David Traill Jnr of Elsness and Rev Thomas Baikie, who had married Elizabeth Fea, sister of James Fea II of Whitehall.
This continued until 11th December 1732, when Jaspar Simpson, Commissar Officer for Orkney, arranged a legal process whereby Barbara Fea, James’s sister took over the role of main tutor from James Fea VI of Clestrain and the estate was in practice run by her husband, Hans Heitman. Witnesses to this arrangement were William Moray and Thomas Skea under the chairmanship of William Liddell of Hammar.