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Re: St. Clair and Sinclair spellings
I was surprised to read Jean haddow's comment that the "Rosslyn" Sinclairs
might want to retain the French version of the name.
When I visited Rosslyn it appeared from the eariest gravestones that the
original Sinclairs there were indeed Spanish and bore the name Sancto Clara.
Has anyone else come across this version ?
From: Jean Haddow <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: 01 April 1999 00:23
Subject: Re: St. Clair and Sinclair spellings
>In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Antonia Sinclair
>>To Chris, Ray, and anyone else interested in a possible evolution of our
>>While talking with Rebecca last week, she said her grandmother called her
>>husband "Sinclair", the same way which we pronounce it "Sinkler" (accent
>>Sin!). It suddenly hit me that it might be possible that the St. Clairs
>>stayed in the Lothian/Rosslyn area of Scotland might prefer to keep the
>This is Jean Haddow replying to your question - now the whole idea of
>anyone keeping a diffrent stress on the pronunciation of a name over so
>many hundreds of years is very unlikely and has not ever to my
>The pronunciation is Sinclair or,as you would undretsand, Sinkler (It
>certainly isn't the spelling.)
>>However, the ones who went north to Caithness may have started using a
>>which sounded more like a local name (note the many village names like
>>Brabster, Nybster, and Sibster.)
>The local names like Lybster etc. derive from the Norse and the "STER"
>ending to the name is Norse and means a dwelling place.
>Should anyone else care to ask about name origins from some one actually
>living in Scotland and with a fair knowledge of actual Sinclair
>history, I'd be happy to reply although I should stress that I don't
>claim to be an historian like the excellent Jean Grisby/ies of this
>world with whom, quite sadly, I have no contact whatsoever.
>>For those of you who know what part of Scotland your ancestors come from,
>>this work out at all? Jean Haddow, since you are in Scotland, do you
>>difference in the pronunciation between the northerners and the
>>Just an idea I thought I'd pass on.
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