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Re: McNokairds--two camps?l Argyll Sinclairs

To Rory, Juli, Neil, Toni, and all others interested--
I do not believe that ALL Argyll Sinclairs were originally McNokairds.  However, I do believe the great majority were!  According to several sources, Sinclairs in the Western Isles and Hebrides were McNokairds as well.  Neil quoted Arthur Binning as having read a source that listed Sinclairs in the Cowal penninsula (Neil's family came from here) as "strangers."  Arthur said that this meant they had come from elsewhere to work the land in response to advertisments.
Now, Neil, I get the feeling that you believe some northern Sinclairs settled in Argyll before the 17th century and became known as McNokairds.  Thereupon, you believe they changed their surname back to Sinclair in the first half of the 18th century.  Did I understand that correctly?
I do not believe this is the case--Black cites many specific sources for McNokairds going back centuries.  Let me quote his citations:
Gregor Makenkerd agreed to serve Edward I of England in France, 1297 (Bain II, p. 242)
Iain Mc nocerdych was charter witness in Lismore, 1525 (HP, IV, p. 27)
Gillecreist M'Conoquhy Duy VcNocarde in record in Argyll, 1574 (OPS II, p. 127)
Gillecreist Mckonchy Duff V'Nokerd, native servant to Campbell of Glenurchy, 1580 (BBT, p. 223)
John M'Nocaird was tenant in Eyick, 1594 (ibid, p. 283)
Archibald M'Nokaird was portioner of Drumurk, 1629 (Sasines, 286)
Myldoniche or Moldonyt McNoheardie or McNokeardie in Carnakalliche was put to the horn, 1629 (RPC...)
Patrick Dow M'Nokerd in Auchinchalden and Angus M'Nokerd in Braklead appear in 1638 (BBT, p. 403)
Finlay Mcnakaird was an 'engager' on the royalist side from Urquhart, 1649 (IDR, p. 368)
Duncan M'Knokaird is in Monienrinach, 1672 (HP II, p. 208)
John Dow M'Nockard and Malcolm M'Nokard in Kilvicewn, and Duncan M'Nocard in Scur were denounced rebels, 1675 (HP I)
Archibald M'Nokaird was merchant burgess in Inveraray, 1695 (Campbell I, p. 13)
Dond. McNougard is recorded in Gerrich, Islay, 1741 (Bk. Isley, p. 559)
Black finishes his article with the statement, "In Argyllshire the name is now rendered Sinclair."  This is what got me started!  I had to find out and prove, if I could, Black's statement.  I was able to do that, and Juli is daily finding even more proof in the parish registers! 
In addition to Black's Surnames above, I added Duncan C. McTavish's The Commons of Argyll (Lochgilphead: James S. Annan, 1935) which contains lists of men in Argyll in 1685 and 1692.  McNokairds abound!  Only two Sinclairs were found--and they lived next to two McNokairds.  Thus, this time period can be used as a "starting point" for when the name change possibly began.  Parish registers in Inveraray are extant from this time period, with certain gaps, but other parishes such as Glenorchy and those in Islay were not extant until much later.
Also, Toni Sinclair has added the McNokairds found in Isle of Islay in 1730s and 1741, as set forth in Freda Ramsay's The Day Book of Daniel Campbell of Shawfield 1767 (Aberdeen University Press).
I trust these lists and registers because they are absolutes--not someone's opinion or theory.  They were taken at a certain time period and set forth "as it was," so to speak.  They are presumably unaltered and unadulterated.  Through use of these lists and registers, I was able to draw my own conjectures!
I hope I haven't bored you all out there--just keeping the discussion going!
Karen M
-----Original Message-----
From: Rory Sinclair <rory.sinclair@accglobal.net>
To: sinclair@jump.net <sinclair@jump.net>
Date: Friday, May 14, 1999 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: McNokairds--two camps?l

Hi Juli:
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 Aye,            Rory
-----Original Message-----
From: Juli <kalwa@cwix.com>
To: sinclair@jump.net <sinclair@jump.net>
Date: Friday, May 14, 1999 7:59 AM
Subject: RE: McNokairds--The Early Sinclairs of Argyll

Good morning Karen-
Yes, it is me again - sorry. 
I 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 looking!!
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 'early' Sinclair's.
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 now.
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 boy.
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.