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UMPHRAY OF BERRIE in the Parish of Tingwall

  1. ANDREW UMPHRAY, of Berrie, was a master mariner and indweller in Scalloway, towards the end of the 16th century. He was also owner of the 24 merks land of Berrie, and the 11/2 merks in Houll, lying on the west side of Scalloway Bay. By him the shipwrecked sailors of the El Gran Grifon, the flagship of the Spanish Admiral, Don Juan Gomez de Medina, were conveyed from Shetland to Dunkirk in 1588. He is also said to have been tacksman of Fair Isle. On 30th June 1597, he is ordained among other Shetland proprietors by the Privy Council to find caution to the extent of £1000 Scots for the observance of Good Rule within his lands. ANDREW UMPHRAY, of Berrie, died 9th November 1621, having married Jean Sinclair, who survived him, and had issue:
    1. Andrew
    2. William
  2. ANDREW UMPHRAY, of Berrie, died in 1661, leaving by his wife Janet, daughter of Mr. William Umphray, minister of Bressay, two daughters, Jean and Janet, who were both served heirs portioners to their great grandfather on 26th November 1644, in the lands of Berrie.
    1. Jean Umphray married Mr. John Mitchell, of Westshore, and was the ancestress of that family
    2. Janet, her younger sister, married (contract dated 9th August 1661) John Redland of Airing, second son of Thomas Redland of that Ilk. As he had no male issue: the family came to an end and the lands of Berrie thereafter became the possession of the Mitchells of Westshore.
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