William Sutherland, 1st of Wester

William Sutherland, 1st of Wester (son of David Sutherland, of Ausdale)

William Sutherland (of the family of Sutherland of Forse and of Langwell), who was the eldest son of David Sutherland in Ausdale (third son of William Sutherland of M'Ean, first of Langwell), and Catharine Polson, his first wife, as appears from a bond of provision in his favour by his father, dated in 1697. [From the MS diary of Bishop Robert Forbes it appears that on his visit to Caithness in 1762 he saw William Sutherland of Wester, of whom he speaks highly, describing him as a man of reading, who had been bred to the sea and seen much of the world. He states himself to have been hospitably entertained by the "honest old Trojan and his wife, sister to the Rev. John MacLachlan's first wife, Betty Sutherland." At this period Wester's son and successor, John, was married and had children, two of whom were confirmed by the Bishop.

He was succeeded by his son, John.

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

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