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Re: The Orkney Sinclairs

In message <20fa8144.247f2efc@aol.com>, MSiperek@aol.com writes
>    I believe that you may desend from the same line that I do.  My
>grandfather Alexander Sinclair was born in Orkney Jan. 2, 1872 in St. 
>Margaret's Ho.  Soc.  I would thank the powers that be for the
indulgence to    may succedd.

ce to

1869 in St. 
>Margaret's Hope.  There were 12 children in Robert's and Alexander's
>Let me know if you think this is the same family.   I have attached a
copy of 
>their parents 50th aniversary article.  Hope we find the link.   I was
>by a 90 year old man in St. Margaret's Hope last year that one of the 
>Sinclairs married a Norquay.  If this is the same family, I have some 
>pictures I would be happy to share.                       Marilyn
>From a newspaper article from the Orkney Islands-
>       Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sinclair, Oyce, attained their jubilee of marraiage 
>on Wednesday of this week, having been married by Rev. Peter G. Gilrath, parish 
>minister (who died this month) on 16th June 1859.  As Mr. Sinclair went to the 
>island of Swona for his better half, Miss Allan, the marriage ceremony took 
>place there.  This created no small stir, as there had been no such ceremony on 
>that island within the memory of the inhabitants of that time.  Mrs. Sinclair's 
>brother still resides in Swona, while she has a widowed sister in St. Margaret's 
>Hope.  The happy pair were both of the same age, 26, when united together and 
>have now reached the ripe age of 76 years.  They have spent those fifty years in 
>peace and prosperity; all of their friends and well-wishers desire that their 
>latter end may be even better than their beginning; and they have received many 
>tokens of friendship and goodwill from far and near on this auspicious occasion.  
>It should be mentioned that Mr. Sinclair like all who bear that ancient and 
>honoured name, represents a branch of the famous "St. Clairs of the Isles."  
>Belonging to his family were eight brothers, namely, Malcolm, Alexander, John, 
>James, George, William, Isaac, and Robert.  Only two are still alive- Alexander 
>who has for a number of years resided in Galt, Toronto,  and Robert, whose 
>golden wedding has just taken place.  George Sinclair was well known as the 
>respected postmaster of St. Margaret's Hope, while William and Isaac were 
>farmers at Lower and Upper Olad, and John at Gard, near to one another.  Mr. and 
>Mrs. Robert Sinclair have had a large family of eleven children, while 5 sons 
>and 5 daughters are still alive, some of them being abroad.  There is one in 
>Africa, one in Australia, two in America, two in Liverpool, one in Glasgow, one 
>in Barbsley, Yorkshire, and one at home.  As far as grandchildren, they number 
>eighteen.  At present the aged couple are cheered and comforted by the presence 
>of their son, William along with his wife from New York, who have timed their 
>visit for this happy event.  Old Mr. Sinclair in his younger days was very fond 
>of music and for 14 years was the precantor of St. Mary's Kirk under the Rev. 
>Messre??(hard to read copy), Walker and Forbes.  And for 14 years he resided in 
>Olad- 1861-1875- before he came to his present residence.

Jean Haddow
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