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Re: New Zealand--Captain Francis Sinclair
I don't know about the rest of you, but I suspect you will agree. The ND
Earl story would make a good one some time next year for the Yours Aye
publication. As these stories are discovered and rechecked by each
contributor, please make sure that your references are given so that those
that want further information can go to it or check their research on
another relative with what you have provided. This does not attack the
accuracy of what you are contributing it just makes it a more historical
Anyone that would be interested in this project please contact me. It is
nice to have a couple of people work on these projects. It helps with the
proof reading and gives the story more depth when you do. You see here the
example of another dimension when this Captain Sinclair part can be added.
So please don't hold back thinking you are out on your own. I think you
will do just fine, whoever you are.
From: CMelahn@aol.com <CMelahn@aol.com>
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Date: Sunday, May 02, 1999 10:58 PM
Subject: New Zealand--Captain Francis Sinclair
>The recent discussion of Captain Francis Sinclair prompted me to track down
>the Ida von Holt book, "Stories of Long Ago." Fascinating story. I
>the book is not widely available, but I found a copy at the Kamehameha
>Schools in Honolulu.
>I was interested to see a passage concerning Captain Sinclair's son,
>concerning the search for a new Earl of Caithness in the 1880s [would that
>number 17, that was talked about a few months back?]. In any event, Ida
> "In 1883 my uncle, Francis Sinclair, who was then living at his
>beautiful home "The Pines" on Mt. Eden in Auckland, New Zealand, heard of
>death without heir of the reigning earl. Though he knew he was next of
>he did not let hemself be known, even though the English and Scotch papers
>advertised widely for an heir to come forward. He had previously been up
>the north of Scotland, and seen the estate near Aberdeen. As the fine
>Dunbeath was going to ruin, and he had no children, he did not wish to
>the responsibilities of the title, and make his home in that part of
>Scotland. A cousin of the late earl, a barrister in London, was found and
>proved next of kin and took the title. he died in 1920 in Hollywood,
>California without heirs, and was the last Earl of Caithness of our
>Sinclair Clan. My mother, Anne Sinclair Knudson, who was living in
>at that time, went to the funeral and put flowers on his grave."
>Does this story match with what others know about the situation? Is the
>gentleman described the person who had lived in North Dakota and later
>Given that Captain Francis Sinclair , born in Edinburgh, was the son of Sir
>George Sinclair, does anyone know if he had siblings? If so, are their
> Chris Melahn
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