Feas of Clestrain
\ James I
\ James II
\ James III
\ Patrick Fea I of Whitehall
Research by Dr Hugh Marwick has produced details of a number of
incidents which cast light on the temperament of Patrick Fea I of Whitehall.
These include a Court held in the island by Henry Mudie in 1697.
|Incidents from the Court Books of Stronsay
(1679) for which Patrick Fea was the accused:
- hitting Barbara Cormack for pasturing kye on his corn.
He confessed and was fined £10 Scots.
- for hitting John Smith, servant, Huip with a great cudgel
upon the hill
- for mutual riot with Archibald Maxwell
- for chasing and pursuing William Coghill in Strynie with
a drawn whinger so that he being so furiously assaulted had to run into the
- for threatening Rorie McLeod with his durk
- for blooding Oliver Scott, servant to Pat Mackie Miller.
He confessed he gave Scott a “whup on the back”
- for riot on Wm. Coghill in Duncan Fea’s house
- for chasing Andrew Smith with his “drawn whinger”
- for beating Wm. Gunn, servant to Edward Emme in Strynie,
with a great baton in such furious measure he was not able to work half a
- for beating and ensuing Donald Goar in such cruel manner
he was never able to work after and had to beg. (It was alledged however
Goar’s beasts had been eating his corns)
The Feas of Clestrain (1932), Hugh Marwick
Proceedings of the Orkney Antiquarian Society
Vol XI, p33-34
Six years later, on 17th October, he was tried over a ryott
committed against John Traill of Elsness, with whom he had quarrelled over
the infeftment of certain lands. Wm. Orem NP desponed that being on
horseback in the yle of Stronsay he saw Pat Fea “strick John Traill twyse
alongs the shoulders with a kain.” Patrick Fea was found guilty and
fined £100 Scots. He was sent to the Tolbooth in Kirkwall until
he paid. At this time he was Baillie of Stronsay with responsibility for keeping