Just to enlarge on your two
camps idea. I would not be quite so categorical that two separate
notions are mutally exclusive. I, for example, accept as 'fact' the
McNokairds/Sinclair paradigm as you and Karen have delineated. What we
don't know is how many Argyll Sinclairs this covers. Are you saying
all? I would rather doubt that that is what you are saying. What you
have done is made a terrific case for how a name change came about without
quantifying it. There may be Argyll Sinclairs for whom this explanation
does not work.
I get a buzz from the knowledge that we are all on this planet
52 cousins, no matter race or continent of origin. All who have some form
of British ancestry, are 11th cousins. I think it would be neat if we and
some of our Argyll brothers and sisters are related more than by name but that
is yet to be proven. But any satisfaction that comes from that must be
based on the research and in no way casts aspersions on either side of the
Highland/ Viking/ Norman divide.
Just another small thought. Yours
Good morning Karen-
Yes, it is me again - sorry.
found two more families for sure that illustrate the name change very
clearly. Had to enlist my husband Andrew's help for a while last night
- my eyes started to burn and the letters were all running together.
It took twice as long though - he had no idea what he was
After this week of discussion regarding the early Sinclairs it is
apparent that there are two camps: those that accept the theory as
fact and those that have a deep need to connect to the northern clan.
That's fine. My question for you is - while we can illustrate
"proof" to the name change in the records I actually have never
seen any record that lists a stranger in Cowal. I assume there are
some since it has been discussed. Where would I find this? I
would like to use this to understand what time frame we are all using as
Today I am staying away from my desk, computer and papers. My
eyes hurt - time to unwind and garden. It is starting to get hot here
so any divisions I am going to make of my perennials will have to be made
You know the best part of discovering the truth of the Mhic na ceard
is that it explains so much about me. I paint, draw, garden,
build stone walls, sew, craft, build picket fences - generally work
creatively with my hands a lot. The thing that has given me a chuckle
all week - is that I am probably more Scandinavian than most of the Clan -
my father's family is Swedish! My grandfather changed his name from
Karl Oskar Andersson to Carl Oscar Anderson when he came as a young
The two young lady missionaries who are assisting in my FHC currently
are the most beautiful people I have ever met. They simply radiate
from the inside out.
Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.