James Sutherland, 10th of Forse

James Sutherland, 10th of Forse (son of Alexander Sutherland, 9th of Forse)


James Sutherland of Forse got a charter from his father in 1633, and in the same year he married Janet,[Contract of Marriage] eldest daughter of Hugh Gordon of Ballone, in the parish of Dornoch. Janet Gordon was the great-grand-daughter of Adam Gordon, Dean of Caithness, son of Alexander, first Earl of Huntly. Her grandfather was John Gordon of Drummuy, which had formerly belonged to the Forse family. James Sutherland died before 1655, and in that year his widow, "Lady Nottingham," married William Rorison or Henderson, wadsetter of Wester Nottingham, by whom she had issue.

James Sutherland had several sons and five daughters: --
1. George, his successor.
2. Adam, "brother-german of George."
3. Robert.
4. Hugh. In a sasine, dated 27th September 1661, mention is made of Hugh and Robert, as "brothers" of George of Forse.
5. Major Alexander, who, according to a MS. pedigree in the possession of General Pope, is mentioned as of Earnside in 1641, as having sold it in 1643, and as having married Jean Campbell. In this pedigree Robert is stated as third son, and Hugh is not named.
1. Jean.
2. Margaret.
3. Elspeth or Elizabeth, who married, in 1663, John Sutherland of Ausdale, [contr. 28 Nov 1663], with consent of her brothers, George and Robert. In 1669 she married James Sutherland of Langwell.
4. Katharine.
5. Esther.

Sources: Henderson, J. (1884) Caithness Family History. Edinburgh: David Douglas.

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