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Re: Orkney Sinclair's

At 23:55 10/08/99 +0200, you wrote:
Does any one of you have any records of Claus Fredrik Sinclair b. 3 nov
1717 on Orkney? I need to know who his parents was.

Regards Lena

Dear Lena,

From the material which I sent you yesterday, it would seem that this branch of the
Sinclairs, who settled in Sweden, were of the Saba Branch of our family which ended
in 1708 when the lands of Saba passed to David Traill under reversion through an
uncle Edward Sinclair of Campston.

From the St Clairs of the Isles, we read:

                "The family of the Sinclairs of Saba was one of the most ancient in Orkney
                  having descent through the Knights of Warsetter from the first of the Sinclair
                  earls and Sir William Sinclair, founder of the Roslins.

                  The heirs of this family (if any) are senior representatives of the House of
                  Sinclair.  It may be that the noble Swedish Sinclairs are scions of the Saba
                        stock, as in their "Genealogical Descendance" they cite as an ancestor a
                   William Sinclair, master of Seba and Brabster, who married Barbe, daughter
                   of Sir Hugh Halcro.  The connection of the Saba family with King would suggest
                  that the noble Swedes were cadets of Saba who passed to Sweden with John
                  King, Baron of Sanshult".

From my copy of  "The Scots in Sweden" this John King is referred to as James King who was
raised to the (Swedish) nobility in 1639 and, on his death in 1652, was given a State funeral.
However, his eldest brother was a John King of Warbester who was also in the Swedish service. 
John had two son, James and Henry who likewise were officers in the Swedish army.                                                                 James became the principal heir of his uncle, General James King, Baron of Sanshult.                                                                  It also appears from the General's Will that he had a half-brother, William Sinclair of Seaby,                                                          whose son, David Sinclair was a Lt.Colonel in Swedish service.

The information which I posted to you yesterday concerned  Charles Gideon Sinclair, Baron Sinclair
of Finnekumla and Charles Ferdinand Sinclair, Knight of the Legion of Honour, who had an extraordinary
military career and who is said to have been a son of Charles Gideon but, from the dates given is more
likely to have been a grandson.

All in all the Sinclairs seemed to have been greatly valued for their military prowess in Sweden
which is some consolation for their defeat by the Norwegians at Kringelen in 1612 when a Colonel George
Sinclair of Stirkoke was ambushed with his men whilst on his way to help the army of King Gustav Adolphus
of Sweden.

Strangely, the Earl of Caithness and I will be visiting the site of this massacre when we visit Norway
next week as the guests of honour of the Sel Kommune who are 'celebrating' the occasion although
they are the first to realise that it was doubly tragic because the Sinclairs have their own origins in
this very part of Norway.  Again kin was fighting against kin which seems to be a recurring factor in our
illustrious, if chequered, history.

Niven Sinclair

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