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HAWICK OF SCATSTA, &c., in the Parish of Delting

The family of Hawick is traditionally said to have come to Shetland in the sixteenth century. The immediate ancestor, it is stated, was originally a Scott who changed his name to that of his native place, in order to conceal himself on account of some political offence. Among the papers in the Melby charter chest is an instrument made “at Scatsta, within the parish of Delting on the 16th July 1573, which day was appointed by Master Robert Cheyne, former tutor of the pupil of the late VINCENTIUS HAWICK of Scatsta”, with the advice and assent of Margaret Strang, mother of the pupil, for delivering “all the goods, and movable and immovable gear which used to belong to said late Vincentius” by the said Master Robert to the said pupil, he being past the years of tutory, and turned the years of curatory. The goods are thereafter stated to be handed over to Andrew Hawick of Scatsta on behalf of himself and his brother Daniel, and to their curators in presence of David Strang, underfowde of Nesting; Laurence Bruce of Cultmalindie, sheriff depute and chamberlain of Zetland; Arthur Sinclair of Ayth; Edward Sinclair of Bulysetter; Michael Halcrow of Aytoft; John Murray, underfowde of Aithsting and Sandsting; Michael Gutheromson of Cullavoe; Magny Reid of Aith; and others. In 1575, Andrew Hawick in Skatsta, appeared as one of the complainers to the Commission of Parliament appointed to inquire into the oppressions of Earl Robert Stewart. That this Andrew was not the same person as the Andrew mentioned in the Instrument of 1573 is clear, as at that time, the latter would be but sixteen years of age. He may probably have been an uncle. On 15th February 1575, ANDREW HAWICK of Scatsta, “of this age of 40 years or thereby, unmarried, examined upon the points contained in the former bill, concerning the invading of Arthur Sinclair of Ayth, by the laird of Cultmalindie and his complices”, gave evidence before the Commission before mentioned of the attempt made by Laurence Bruce to murder Arthur Sinclair of Ayth, at Scalloway.

On 1st October 1611, ANDREW HAWICK was charged before the Privy Council, as being a servant of the Earl of Orkney, and having with others been guilty of all kinds of iniquity and wickedness, for which he was denounced rebel. On 29th July 1586, there was a decreet pronounced by Robert Earl of Orkney, against Andrew Hawick of Scatsta, declaring that the lands of Vaila pertained to Robert Cheyne of Urie, and not to him. In October 1587, he had a charter from Mr. Malcolm Sinclair of Quendale, Vicar of Dunrossness, of 5 merks of land in Footabrough, and 1 in Breck, in the parish of Walls. On 31st July 1619, he granted a charter with consent of Bartholomew Hawick, his son, in favour of Thomas Cheyne of Vaila, of his four merks of land in Easter Skeld, and his lands in Breck and Footabrough. He had a brother Daniel Hawick, who was the father of Mathew Hawick, who, on 8th July 1626, granted a charter to Thomas Cheyne of Vaila, of 1/2 a merk of land lying near the South East of Braebister, in Walls.

BARTHOLOMEW HAWICK of Scatsta, the eldest son of Andrew, was a witness to the Renunciation by John Sutherland, son of Mr. James Sutherland of Meikle Garth, in Fetlar, to Patrick Cheyne of Vaila, on 1st September 1633, of the 24 merks land of Hill and others. He may possibly be identical with Bartholomew Hawick of Niseheam, in Delting, whose wife Catherine Sinclair died in the month of March 1622, leaving three daughters, Janet, Elspeth, and Agnes.

MATHEW HAWICK, in Southladie, Yell, married Ingagarth Gregorsdaughter, who died in February 1645, and had issue: Daniel, Matches, James, Thomas, and Christian.

ROBERT HAWICK in Firth, died in December 1645, leaving by Margaret Arnot, his wife, who survived him, three children, John, Thomas, and Christian. Elspeth Hawick, spouse to Andrew Stewart in Sandwick, died in September 1648, leaving issue: among others Bartholomew and Sara. The family appears to have possessed Scatsta down to 1711, when

SAMUEL HAWICK, then portioner of Scatsta, disponed his lands to Thomas Hunter of Lunna.

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