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The best book on the Sinclairs/St Clairs was written by a New Zealander
called Roland William
St Clair and was published in Auckland by H. Brett in 1898.
Although he covers the Sinclairs of Rosslyn, Caithness, Orkney, Shetland,
and Sweden at some length his references to Sinclairs in NZ are confined to
Antipodeans. He names:
The Hon. Andrew Sinclair who was Colonial Secretary who was
a well-known botanist who sent many pant species to Kew Gardens.
He died whiolst trying to wade across the Rangitata River.
Sinclair Head in Cook Straits and Sinclair Mountain in the Province
of Nelson are named after him*
James Sinclair of Wick and his wife, Catherine Sutherland of Lybster
became the founders of Blenheim. They had numerous children and
John Sinclair became Mayor of Invercargill.
All of the above familes arived in NZ before your great great great
grandfather. There is no
reference to any of the above Sinclairs adding Roskelyn to the family name.
the way some of the Sinclair Barons of Rosslyn would sign their names e.g.
Roskelyn but this should be attributed to their inability to spell or the
fact that people wrote
the names of places phonetically. There are 70 known spelllings of the
We hope you will be able to trace a copy of the St Clair .of the Isles in
one of your libraries.
As the book was by 'subscription only' those New Zealanders who are known
to subscribe and whose descendants may still be with you are:
William Gray of Cook and Gray
J.W.Hall, Merchant, Auckland
Leo M. Myers, of Campbell Ehrenfried Company, Auckland
Basil Sievewright, Solicitor, Dunedin
Sir Robert Stout, K.C.M.G., Wellington
Richard Ker Sinclaire (note the 'e') Auckland
Andrew Sinclair, 'Kuranni', Symonds Street, Auckland
David Sinclair, Springlands, Blenheim
D.P.Sinclair, Solicitor, Blenheim
George Sinclair, 161 Queen Street, Auckland
James J. Sinclair, 115 Durham Street, Christchurch
John Sinclair, Clyde Street, Invercargill
J.P. Sinclair, Swanson
Robert Sinclair, Waipawa
William Sinclair, Solicitor, Blenheim
To John Quarterman:
You may wish to add these additional place names* to the list which I sent
last week which omitted New Zealand.
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