Robert Fea was the son of James Fea of Boardhouse and Janet Nisbet. His parents married on 2nd June 1698. James was baptised in Birsay on 16th July 1710.
On Robert Fea's army career:
|It has pleased God to keep him ever since enlisting
in the army from the least stain on his character to this present time
and has exerted himself in the several stations he was in, such as
private, then corporal, then seargant and was in the battle and sieges
at Dottingham, Fontenoy, Oudenarde and several skirmishes and was a
prisoner of the French.
He was Sergeant of Grenadiers in General Holmes Regiment of fort, commonly called the "Young Buffs" and was removed by order of the above regiment to the East Kent Militia when they were first embodied to help train them, sent from there at the time of Everness in Northern Britain, 17th March 1760, and joined the Militia at Canterbury on 5th April 1760.
He kept his station in the field of Battle at Fontenoy until only he and nine privates of the whole company came out without injury, the rest being killed or wounded.
Robert Fea and Elizabeth Ewing had a son, Robert Fea II, who was born on 15th / 16th August 1740