The Frigate commanded by Patrick Fea was apparently a privateer of Charles II’s time. as may be gleaned from an “Obligation” in the Fea papers.
|We Sir Alexander Bruce of Broomhall knight, Captane
Andrew Dick, Captane Thomas Hamiltone and Captane Peter Winchester, pairtowners
of the Sound friggat of Orkney Be thir presents bind and obleidge us
for our owne rextive interests yrin To content and pay to Patrick Fea his
equall share as leiutenant of the said friggat.. Not only out of the
third of all ships and goods taken be her and declaired lawfull pryze be the
high court of admirality and not reclaimed during the tyme that
Captane William Buchannan was Commander of the said friggat and the said
Patrick Fea, his leiut in the late war with Holland But also to make furthcomand
to the said Patrick Fea his said equal share out of the third of what goods
and commodities he shall discover and make appear to have been embezled and
concealled by the said Captane William Buchanan out of the said pryzes and
ships the tyme forsaid, And that efter the compleit probation thereof And
for the mair securety We are content and consent thir presents be insert
and registrat, etc, etc.
(Sg.) Al Bruce
Signed at Edinburgh, 6/5/1675
Wits: David Murray of Clairden, Alex. Gibson, Writter in Edin and Andrew Bruce writer hereof.
The Feas of Clestran (1932), Hugh Marwick
Proceedings of the Orkney Antiquarian Society Vol XI, p 33