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wish I had the words to truly capture the magnificent beauty of Scotland.
If she was a woman I would be first in line to admire not only her beauty
but her dignity and strength as well.
visiting my gran this trip she told me that a Robert Sinclair son of Archibald
and Harriet (nee Laing) had two sons who are living in Perthshire.
Previously I had thought that Robert had died without children. I haven't
yet searched for them but may try so that I could make some contact on my trip
over this summer.
only been to Perth when I was a young girl. Have to see if I can ask my
mother for some pictures to jog my memory about where we went and what we
are you located now?
Princeton, NJ but Forever Argyll
Its awesome to read your description of
Dalmally and area. I closed my eyes, and I could smell and feel the
My Sinclair`s came from Perthshire, which I
know nothing about yet.
Ken W Sinclair
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 1999 7:39 AM
>Hi Donald and Friends -
Church is beautiful. The square shaped clock tower with
>attached octagonal church is very unusual but beautifully
positioned on its
>small rise of land.
>My gran and I
parked in the parking lot of the church and had a wonderful
Scotch broth and soft rolls in the car as we watched the sheep in
adjourning field. After lunch I scrambled up the hill and through
>gate in the stone wall to enter the cemetery. I only walked
through the old
>section - closest to the church.
first impression of the church and cemetery is difficult to
>Immediately I felt overwhelming excitement and yet even
more pronounced was
>the deep sense of peace or balance that washed
over me. Somehow I knew I
>The air in Dalmally, to quote my gran, "is
sweet" and combined with the soft
>Scottish mist that was falling
created an almost theatrical atmosphere.
>February is a wonderful time
to visit the Highlands if you are interested in
>capturing a feeling
of what it might have been like years past. The stark
the bare trees against the low hanging gray sky, the intense green
the grass, the mounds of rust colored dead bracken and everything
>you water logged all combine with the beautiful clear
air. Time stops.
>Your senses are overcome with the rugged
beauty of the land. I wanted to
>taste the rain, listen to the
"squish" of my shoes in the soft ground, touch
covered stones, fill my lungs to capacity with the fresh cool air
photograph all that I saw and do this all
>Dalmally Church and cemetery is beautifully
kept. Dunoon cemetery struggles
>with an outrageous level of
vandalism (and an apparent apathy to it.) There
>was no evidence
of such a problem in Dalmally.
>The high gloss red double door
is very welcoming.
>Donald, all the stones in the old section
face East - do you know why? I
>have heard tales of "The
Gates of Heaven always being open in the East."
would be easier to view if they were inscribed on the
>side. It is difficult to squeeze between the stone and
the side of the
>church when the stone is 6 inches from the building
to read the inscription.
>So there must be a very important reason for
>For anyone visiting Scotland - Argyll is worth the
visit. I thoroughly
>enjoyed the Loch Awe area. Kilchurn
Castle, at times described as gloomy,
>has become my favorite piece of
real estate. It is currently up for sale -
>asking price - bids
over 150,000 pounds. Worth every penny as far as I
>concerned. A group of Germans were looking at it while I was
>Wordsworth was also impress with Kilchurn and wrote the
> "Child of a loud-throated war, the mountain
> Roars in thy hearing; but thy hour of rest
> Is come,
and thou art silent in thy age,
> Save when the winds sweep
>Personally I think Kilchurn and Loch Awe deserve a
little more exciting
>poetry - but hey I'm not
>Time to get on.
>Have a great
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