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Re: St Clair sur Epte

Do you have any info oh Sinclair as bodyguards to the King of France? I do belive 911 is correct for thr Treaty and 912 for baptism.  Clair is only spelling I found. Robert is a very French pronounced Rowbear
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Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 12:13 AM
Subject: St Clair sur Epte

If you will be good enough to let me have your address, I will send you the relevant information on St Clair sur Epte.

It would appear to be quite simple: Forest - Hermit - Hut - Death 884 - Chapel - Church - Village - Town - Rollo - Treaty of
St Clair-sur-Epte 912 some 28 years after the death of Clair (which is the spelling which is used on the three feet high altar
in the shrine to the hermit).

The only name which could have existed before the death of the hermit would have been the name of the forest itself.

Another account of Clair states that he was born in Scotland (where else?) and wrote the "Ritual of Divine Duty" and lived                 about 600 A.D

In the Dictionary of Christian Biography, Vol I (London 1877) there are notices of nine saints named Clarus.  The account
there states that the Clarus, after whom St Clair-sur-Epte was named, was a personage of the ixth century and hailed from
Rochester in Kent.  This is the generally accepted version.  It is of little consequence because there is no suggestion that
the Sinclairs had any blood connection with any of the Saints.  When surnames came into vogue people simply adopted the
name of the area in which they lived or, in other cases, the name of their trade or profession.

There is another interesting territorial connection because the Sinclairs became the Governors of Rochester, Dover and Colchester castles after the Conquest - protecting the gateways to London just as they protected the gateway to Edinburgh (Rosslyn and Hermandston Castles) and the gateway to Tunsberg (the then Royal Palace of Norway) by being Governors of Bergen Castle.
The Sinclairs had a strategy which transcended national boundaries.  They were, according to a Professor at Moscow State
University, one of the two most important families in Europe.

Thankfully, there is evidence of a resurgence of interest in our lineage and in our heritage which can only augur well for the future.

We are nothing without our roots.  It is knowing our roots which gives us stability; which allows us to realise and then release the
true potential which lies within each one of us and, with that knowledge, to forge a better future for all Mankind.  "We are too few"
I hear people say.    Well it has always been the few who have changed history.  Our forefathers did.  We may not be able to do so
on the same scale but I'm reminded that "If every man could mend a man, the whole World would soon be mended" which
brings us back to St Clair who was a great healer.

Niven Sinclair


Rollo (as the French know him) or Hrolf 'the Ganger' (which was the epithet by which he was generally known)  which means
Hrolf 'the Walker' because he was so big that no horse could carry him!!

If surnames had not come into vogue I wonder what nick-names we would have?  Bill 'the Prophet''?  Louisa 'the Torment'?
- perhaps I'd better stop there before people begin identifying themselves with my suggestions. I'd prefer to be known as Niven
'the Mediator' rather than Niven 'the trouble maker'  (Actually Niven means "little saint" in Gaelic so I am a "little saint St Clair"
which may have been what my parents were hoping for but which, alas, they didn't get).
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