James Fea and Margaret Sinclair

James Fea was the first son of James & Jane, born 23rd November, 1797 at Stronsay. He was baptised there on 26th November.

It seems likely that James had an affair with Betty Goar and an illegitimate son was born.

James married Margaret Sinclair on 27th July, 1824 at Stronsay. Margaret was baptised c1810 in the Sanday & Eday Parish.  They lived at Newbigging (1841 and 1851 Census) and Burrogate (1881?) in Stronsay. James' occupation was given at different times as Tenant Labourer, Quarryman, Fisherman.

James and Margaret had six children:

James died in March 1881. The date is quoted as 25/3/1881 in the IGI but possibly 10/3/1882 on his grave. When the 1881 census was taken on 4th April, Margaret Sinclair is described as a widow.

James is buried in Burrogate Cemetery  with Margaret, whose headstone gives her date of death as 16th March, 1888, aged 85 years