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:
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 the peace.