Robert Hodshon Cay

Robert is an interesting example of Britishness: he was a Scottish lawyer with a townhouse in Edinburgh, but his family estate was in the north of England, where he met his wife. Edinburgh's sphere of influence was now defined by the convenience of travel and its appeal as a cultural and economic centre, rather than by a border at Berwick.

5 July 1758 - 31 March 1810
North Charlton, Northumberland
John Cay of North Charlton
Frances Hodshon of Lintz (4 p.199)
1 George Street (1793-1803). This house was described at its sale: 'The lodging or dwelling house, being the fourth and fifth storeys of the tenement marked No. 1, South side of George Street, belonging to Robert Hodshon Cay, Esq. Advocate, andd consisting of a dining room, drawing room, kitchen, two bed chambers, and a bed closet on the first floor, five bed rooms and three light closets, one of which will hold a bed on the second floor, as also two ceiled garrets, and one unceiled above, with four cellars and other conveniences.' (5, 1 January 1803). He moved to 11 Heriot Row (1804-1810)
North Charlton, Northumberland
Political views
Religious views
In 1808 Cay was counsel for the Earl of Wemyss when he lost 'a cause of great importance to the Landholders and Clergy of Scotland' which ruled that 'Ministers might apply in the Court of Teinds for augmentations of their stipends, although they had been preiously augmented since the Union.' (5, 4 February 1808)
Advocate. Judge of High Court of Admiralty, 1800.
Wealth at death
Wealth in Scotland around £900 (however, his estate was in England).
Assessed taxes
Male servants tax 1794 for one house servant
Chapel connection
baptism (1797). Trustee of Charlotte Chapel.
Married on
26 Sep 1789
Elizabeth Liddell 'my dearly beloved wife' (6)
Jane (1797), John, Albert, Robert Dundas, Frances (m. John Clerk-Maxwell)
He was censor of the Society of Antiquities and William Forbes was treasurer, 1796-1802 (5, 8 December 1796, 20 December 1802, and elsewhere). In 1803 he and Daniel Sandford were amongst the gentlemen listed as recommending Messrs Fulton and Knight's spelling book.



  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1793-1810
  3. The Faculty of Advocates in Scotland 1532-1943, with genealogical notes, ed Sir Francis J Grant (Edinburgh: Faculty of Advocates, 1944)
  4. Bernard Burke, Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, fifth edition (London, Harrison, 1871)
  5. Caledonian Mercury
  6. Inventory and will NAS SC70/1/4/199

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