William Sutherland of Berrydall

William Sutherland, of Berydall (son of Alexander Sutherland, 3rd of Duffus)


William, who is styled 'of Berydall' in 1451, and described then and in 1455 as son and apparent heir of Alexander Sutherland and of Muriel, his wife. Some time before May 1455 he had joined with them in resigning the lands of Duffus, Quarrelwood, Greschip, and others into the hands of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray, and on 1 June 1455 the Master of Huntly, when he married the Earl's widow, became bound to defend the resigners in their lands. It would appear also from this writ that the Earl of Huntly had destroyed or injured the Castle of Duffus, as well as that of Spynie.[1] Little more is known of him. He was alive in May 1474, but died soon after, having had issue two sons and a daughter:--
     1. Alexander Sutherland of Strabrock.
     2. William Sutherland, 4th of Duffus.
     3. Isabel Sutherland, married (about 9 May 1474) to Hew Rose, younger of Kilravock.[2]

[1] Spalding Club Misc., iv. 128-131; cf. Sutherland Book, iii. 27.
[2] The Family of Kilravock, 54, 135, 137.

Sources: Balfour Paul, J. (1906) The Scots Peerage, vol. 3. Edinburgh: David Douglas.

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