George Sutherland, 14th of Forse

George Sutherland, 14th of Forse (son of John Sutherland, 13th of Forse)


Captain George Sutherland of Forse was served heir to his father in 1765, and died unmarried in 1773.[Retour, 5th Aug] In 1760 he was Lieutenant in the 8th Regiment, and in the same year he was appointed Captain in the Earl of Sutherland's Highlanders, in which he served until 1763.
     Captain Sutherland was a claimant for the dignity of Earl of Sutherland, as the nearest collateral heir-male of the ancient Earls of Sutherland, preferably to Sir Robert Gordon, and to Elizabeth (afterwards Duchess Countess of Sutherland), all the collateral branches, who, in 1514, or subsequently, were nearer to him and his family, being extinct.

In the London Times, in 1871, there appeared a notice of the death, on 13th May, at Bernard Street, Russell Square, of Charlotte Mary, wife of James Robert Judge, daughter of the late Captain Norman Campbell of the 71st Regiment, and "great-grand-daughter of George Sutherland of Forse." On 17th June Mr. Judge, on being written by General Henderson, replied, "My wife always told me that her father's mother was a daughter of the George Sutherland of Forse who contested the Sutherland peerage, and who was declared by Lord Mansfield, delivering the judgment of the House of Lords, to have proved his pedigree as heir-male; but the peerage being a female fief, went to his niece, the daughter of the then late Earl. Of the truth of this my wife had no doubt, or she would have said so. I received your note last Monday, and should have answered it at once had I not hoped, by waiting a few days, to be in possession of my wife's pedigree, for which I had written to Mrs. Sharpe, my wife's cousin, who is the daughter of Captain Donald Campbell, and of one of the Digby family. Upon receipt of the pedigree, should I obtain further information, I shall do myself the pleasure of communicating it to you." No furhter communication was received from Mr. Judge. Captain Sutherland had certainly no legitimate issue, nor, in so far as known, had he any family.

He was succeeded by his brother, John Campbell Sutherland.

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

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