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2 cents worth and Argyll Sinclairs
Hi All! I just got back from Florida and guess what was waiting for me? - about
130 email messages, and all but 10 were from YOU! I enjoyed reading each one,
deleted most, but saved the ones which had information I'm interested in. So,
for my part, I disagree with Bill Sinclair who finds it a nuisance to get so much mail. I think it's a great way to give and take information between so many people from all over the world who have something in common. Even
though I'm not personally researching American Sinclairs, it's still very interesting, and a real pleasure when some of you connect, and find mutual ancestors. That's all I have to say about that!
Now - about the Sinclairs from Argyll. Neil confirmed what we had believed to be the case, that they probably migrated south in the 1700's as a result of the clearances. Our people spent about 50 years on the Isle of Islay (Argyllshire)
The oldest one we have is an Archibald,(GGG grandfather), who we believed first came from Lochilphead on the Kintyre Peninsula. He is the son of Duncan S. and Margaret Mary Dougal who were married in 1773. Archibald, and his wife Peggy Kirkland, arrived in Victoria County, Ontario (near Fenelon Falls) in 1833. Most of Archibald's children and grandchildren came in 1847. His children were John, Archibald, Effie (Campbell), NEIL*, Alexander, and Duncan. Neil married Christina Campbell in 1801, and their children were John, Alexander, Donald, Margaret (Spence), DOUGALD*, Marion, and Peter.
We stayed in Islay last spring, and visited the two farms where most of the Sinclairs lived, "Neriby" and "Mullindry". In their parish (Bowmore #536) alone, I have recorded the marriages of 55 Sinclair men from 1773 to 1852. There were also 137 Sinclair children born/baptized from the 1770's to the 1840's. No children were recorded in the 1760's. Sadly, there is not one Sinclair living in the parish of Bowmore today. It must have been heart- breaking for them to leave this beautiful, serene island, best known for it's 7 distilleries which make the best malt whiskey in the world!
Is there anyone out there tracing Islay ancestors? it's a shame not to be able to share all this information. I'm almost ready to print our family story on the 8 generations in Canada, which I'll be happy to send to anyone who is interested. Until then, all the best!