Thursday, 23 of March 2017


Thomas Moffatt (c. 1702–1787) Scottish-born physician, studied at Edinburgh and Leyden, and followed his uncle John Smibert, the painter, to Newport in 1729. There he practiced medicine, collected art, and became librarian and director of the Redwood Library. He established a snuff mill and brought Gilbert Stuart, father of the painter, from Scotland to manage it. A member of a club of Newport conservatives, Moffatt strongly supported the strengthening of royal authority in the colonies, as this letter shows. During the Stamp Act disturbances he was hanged in effigy, his house was sacked, and his paintings, books, and scientific instruments destroyed. The British government compensated him by appointment as collector of customs at New London. In 1775 he took refuge in Boston with the army and then went to England, where he lived out his life on a pension of £200. Henry Wilder Foote, John Smibert, Painter (Cambridge, Mass., 1950), esp. pp. 34, 46–7; Edmund S. and Helen M. Morgan, The Stamp Act Crisis Prologue to Revolution (Chapel Hill, [1953]), pp. 47–52, 145–8, 301.

  • Extract above from the Benjamin Frankllin archive
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  • SCOTTISH POSTAL DIRECTORY Moffat names Edinburgh Professions & Trades  1700s-1800s.
  • examples:
  • 4 Henry Place Henry Moffat Coal merchant;   
  • 9 Tolboooth Yard, W. Moffat Corn Dealer.
  • Moffat, Andrew, flesher, Couper street
    W. sen. wright 8t undertaker, Yardheads
    Mrs John, vintner, 45 Shore
    Mrs T. 72 Constitution street


Julian Glover’s  great biography – comment about Eskdale/Scots see below from book :

…<<As it was, Telford grew up among what Daniel Defoe described as “the most enlightened peasantry in the world” – a rural working class that Presbyterianism had made literate through its chain of village schools. That applied to most of Scotland; Eskdale’s particular advantage lay in its isolation and the small number of people who lived there, which meant that the children of farmworkers mixed with those of the local gentry>>


NEWER MEMBERS – please do not miss the fascinating story of Robert Moffat and his life and death at the time of the Thirty Years War as researched and defined by Colin our Genealogist  – his birth brief updated.   Scroll down to lick on Link below.

ANYONE FOR GOLF?  message – from Moffat Golf Club offers re Membership /facilities & pictures, see LINKS page.


Sad news this morning that John Moffat Clan member Clan Moffat UK has died age 97 on 11 December.
He attended our Clan meetings and was always so well liked and very modest about his great achievements in life, the most notable that he was the pilot who dropped the bomb that sunk the Bismarck.
The book published a few years on this put him back in newspaper headlines again.

God bless you JoJOHN (Jack) MOFFAThn – R.I.P.


So sorry to read the news in the Telegraph.

He was such a lovely old man and I so enjoyed my little chat with him at Edinburgh.





Colin Moffat’s most fascinating account of the life of Robert Moffat, Scottish nobleman who went to Scandinavia to fight in the Thirty Years War and married into the Swedish aristocracy, in a journey back to Scotland to retrieve records of his aristocratic genealogy he was tragically drowned in a shipwreck.  Link on this page.

Colin Moffat  : Congratulations to Scarlett Moffatt,who saw off all the competition and was crowned Queen of the Jungle.

MEANTIME – we have had messages from members sending heartfelt wishes for safety in this very worrying time in NZ following the quakes.  So far members in Christchurch and Nelson areas not in danger but continuing shakes are nerve-wracking. So much damage to repair when it settles down.  Thank you Sandy for your message received and recorded on members’ page. Numerous others with pictures on Facebook. Special thoughts to Colene Vincent &  Roger M. who has submitted photographs of the devastation.

================================================================AUGUST 2017 CLAN AGM WEEKEND PLUS VISIT TO EDINBURGH TATTOO

for Clan Members only: message from Erica & Bunty below:-


This will take place on Friday 11th August 2017 which is also our AGM weekend.We plan to hire a coach from Moffat to Edinburgh and return.

Madam Jean will be asked to take the toast with the Pipe Major.We will be going on to the Castle Esplanade as a group then moving to our own seats for the event.150 tickets will be available in the arena for our Clan Members to book.Seats can be booked from mid November 2016 but no later than 1st March 2017.Not more than 8 tickets can be bought by any one Clan Member.However a password which has been allocated to our Clan must be used when booking seats.For those of you who are interested in attending please contact Bunty on as soon as possible.Then she will provide you with the designated password to enable you to book your seats wherever you choose in the arena.Also she requires the names of all Clan members who wish to travel by coach from Moffat.

Please look on the Tattoo website for the seating plan and costs of the seats in the various areas.As more information becomes available Bunty will pass it on to those of you who will be attending


No need to put a message in –  John Moffat New York had his name permanently on bottles! Antique glass bottles –  some fished out from sea wrecks – advertised on internet at over 1,000 dollars. As seen on eBay…Another viewed on…………

Moffitt/Moffat family – origin FORFAR SCOTLAND – link of interest.  Follow up if any connection. See further details on Genealogy page.

<<My gg-gf came to Australia in 1841, Peter Moffat, from Forfar. My wife and I plan on writing a history and feeding our tree into the worldwide ones which doesn’t seem to have happened so far. We live in central west NSW.>>

a fascinating history relating to just part of this family’s tree

much of which is recorded on our own Clan database and detailed elsewhere in the Cumberbatch family web site with

links to the West Indian slave trade and Herefordshire mansion owners /  see actor Benedict Cumberbatch photographs]. s


On another subject – See below :

Cousins reunited – thanks to Hannah Davies spotting our web site and showing to her father David – who was delighted to see news of his long lost cousin Michael Moffatt!

David, with his wife and daughter Hannah travelled to Staffordshire to meet up with Michael and his wife. Photographs have been exchanged and David gave Michael a presentation of a framed document with  photograph of Alan as a wartime RAF pilot.

We are so happy to have brought lost lost cousins together again.


TEST PILOT ALAN MOFFET see story below of recent commemoration————————–

From BBC News On Line and highlighted by our Genealogist Colin Moffat, who was  at the Commemoration Ceremony:<<<The family of a World War Two pilot killed during a jet gala event returned to the place he is believed to have died 70 years ago.

Sqn Ldr Alan Moffet was due to perform a fly-past over Whetstone, Leicestershire, when his jet spiralled out of control and crashed in a field.

The fatal flight on 21 July 1945 was part of a test for the Meteor 281 aircraft.

A memorial bench in Blaby has been unveiled, next to the crash site.

The flight was part of an event organised by Power Jets – a British company set up by Sir Frank Whittle for the purpose of designing and manufacturing jet engines.>>>>>

Sqn Ldr Moffet’s granddaughter, Becky Jones, said: “We gradually looked into what happened on the day of his death and family mythology had it slightly differently to how a newspaper reports it.

“We thought it was a myth he was at an airshow but it actually was.

“I’ve got a copy of the RAF crash report but it doesn’t really show what exactly happened and why he lost control of the plane.”

 Alan Moffet served as a pilot officer, flight lieutenant and squadron leader in the RAF before becoming a chief pilot for the Power Jets test flight at Bruntingthorpe.

Shirley Smith, crash eyewitness and chairman of Blaby Heritage and Museum Society, said: “I’m particularly interested because he was a courageous man.

“He was awarded The Air Force Cross (AFC) when he was a pilot officer and the AFC is only awarded to people that are really courageous but not in the field of conflict, which adds to the secrecy of it.

“He was not in combat but he was winning the war by developing a jet engine with Sir Frank Whittle.

More news on the Birth Brief of Robert Moffat (1619-1673) –
click on link below for the full fascinating story

Robert Moffat’s Birth Brief-2


Sandy November 14th, 2016 @ 15:55
Our thoughts go out to the people on NZ after another terrible earthquake yesterday 13 Nov 2016

Struck By Lightning

from Berwick newspaper 14th August, 1868 – p3 – BELFORD
On Thursday morning thunder was heard in the distance at Belford, a great
deal of lightning was seen, and a slight shower fell. The heat in the morning
and forenoon was oppressive even under a heavily clouded sky, and at noon
the thermometer in the shade was 74 degrees. In the afternoon about two
o’clock, a terrific thunderstorm broke over the town and neighbourhood, rain
fell in torrents, and the roads in the locality were flooded. Mrs Virtue Moffatt,
Belford, had gone with Mr George Gibson’s children in a conveyance to Budle
Bay, which is about three miles from Belford, for the purpose of bathing the
children. The storm was raging in dreadful fury when the party reached the
sea. Mrs Martha Davis, and the nurse Mary Ann Goodwill, tried to persuade
Mrs Moffatt to return and not bathe in such an appalling storm, but their
entreaties were of no avail. Mrs Moffatt had bathed one child and the nurse
had taken it away to bring another, when Mrs Moffatt was struck by the
electric fluid and fell down in the water. A person named Gray, who is living
in a house adjoining Mrs Jane Henderson’s, Blacksmith’s Arms, had come
from his work and was changing his clothes, (the window of his house faces
the sea), when missing Mrs Moffatt, who had fallen down in the water,
he hastened to the scene of the melancholy disaster,
but the unfortunate ladwas just expiring, and in a few minutes life
was quite extinct. The body was
removed to Mrs Jane Henderson’s, which is about a hundred yards from the
fatal spot. The electric fluid had struck deceased on the left temple and her
left shoulder and side were much discoloured from the effects of the fire. An
inquest was held on Saturday by J. J. Hardy, Esq., coroner, the verdict as
above. The body was quite supple. The deceased was a widow, 60 years of
age, and leaves two sons to mourn her loss. She was interred at Belford on


Moffat Tartanfrom the internet: +  Life Story of Hamish Forbes Moffat.


New member Connie in Canada is looking for  links with family of Cumberland : Orton/Brampton –who emigrated last century (Moffitt/Forster marriage) and has submitted her tree to Colin for addition to the database.  Any member who thinks they might relate please make contact.  



His time in Uganda and follow up till his death in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)

A very interesting read.    Betty


Morphett, Morfett,Wallis/Wallace: Clan UK database

Links on Clan database picked up by descendant David Moulder (Essex) looking for contacts and researching grandfather

  • Alfred Edmund Wallis of Leyton, Royal Fusiliers WW1  died Whipps X Hospital 1924
  • married Jane Morfett.  Morfetts Hanover Square/Battersea/Paddington/E. London. 


A Scotsman to be very proud of…

programme viewable on BBC2 and a brilliant true story.

Moffat variants info: e book link




<<I came across this published historical book looking for information in relation to
Nesbitt surname. Link to pdf online version that can also be saved as a PDF file.>>



Following contact by MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY

(Dr.R Scott Spurlock)

we are pleased to have been invited to contribute/add information/search their new web site,

as follows:






<<<We are currently looking for ways in which our work can benefit genealogists and local historians and vice-versa. We are working on a database (but which is in its very early stages) that will allow details of individuals to be added. It is a very basic website, but it has great potential for mapping and keeping stats.

url for the site:

Any additions would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks for getting in touch and for the fascinating information and leads.
All good wishes,

Dr. R. Scott Spurlock, FRHistS FSA Scot
Editor of The Records of the Scottish Church History Society>>


interior restoration and recording of historic building materials used.

Originally a detached weaver’s house with workshop and outer circular staircase.

see photographs and update next page –