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I should have known that you, of anyone, could complete a picture suggested
by we mere mortals who have fallible memories and can only remember hints
of things. You absolutely floor me! Well done!
Yours aye, Rory.
P.S. I believe it was the portrait of Colonel Paterson who looked so much
like St. Clair....the spitting image to be precise separated over 250
years....... a wild thought. R.
From: Niven Sinclair <email@example.com>
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Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 4:52 PM
>Thank you for pointing out that the Sinclairs had been involved in the
>Risings of '15 and '45.
>The Sinclair whose portrait you saw at the Charleton home of Baron St Clair
>that of John, Master of Sinclair, who wa attainted because of his part in
>the Rising of 1715.
>There is a whole book about his activities which he wrote himself and which
>I have sent to
>the Sinclair Library at Noss Head. Although he outlived his father, he
>never took the title
>of Lord Sinclair.
>He died in 1750 and, although he married twice, he had no issue and was
>succeeded by his
>brother, James, who was a General in the Army and a distinguished
>diplomatist. In 1735, he
>purchased the ancient ancestral land of Rosslyn and added it to his own
>Estates of Ravenscraig
>and Dysart in Fife. He was the last Sinclair to own Rosslyn.
>He also died without issue and his Estates passed to his nephew Colonel
>James Patterson who
>added St Clair to his name. He could not, however, assume the title of
>Lord Sinclair and it was
>because of this restriction that a new patent was created in 1677 when the
>title of Lord Sinclair
>passed to the Hermandston branch of the family. The current holder is
>Murray Sinclair who served
>with distinction in the 2nd World War (1939-1945) during which he was
>severely wounded. His
>son, Mathew Sinclair, is the present Master of Sinclair who lives in
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