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Re: Is there a published Sinclair pedigree available?

At 21:26 20/01/00 -0500, you wrote:
H.S. "Pete" Cummings in 1998 published a book on the genealogy of Prince
Henry appropriately titled "Genealogy of Prince Henry Sinclair."  This book
is reprinted by Higginson Book Company , 148 Washington Street, Post Office
Box 778, Salem Massachusetts 02970.  Drawn from data contained in the Clan
Sinclair Archive, the book covers 23 generations to into the 1980s for over
6,400 descendants of Prince Henry.  I am sure that this book can be found at
major libraries.  Obviously, being only 2 years old, it can be purchased for
something like $65 or in that area.

-----Original Message-----
From: Cathy Collins <iamcathy@email.msn.com>
To: sinclair@mids.org <sinclair@mids.org>
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2000 8:31 PM
Subject: Is there a published Sinclair pedigree available?

Hi All,

Can anyone tell me if there is a published pedigree for Prince Henry
Sinclair from his birth through the 18th century that might be available to
me in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Thank you.

Cathy Collins

You may obtain a scrolled parchment version of the pedigree of Prince Henry Sinclair
by writing to Ian Sinclair, Noss Head Light House, Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

It costs 10 plus p & p which should work out at $20 approximately.  Cheques
should be made payable to the Sinclair Bay Trading Company

It is a beautiful genealogical tree which shows the Norse and Norman descent of Prince
Henry Sinclair and, although prepared by yours truly, was described by Dr Barbara
Crawford of St Andrew's University as "the best I have ever seen" which, coming from
that formidable lady, was praise indeed because we disagree about almost everything else
except her critical acceptance that the "Zichmi" referred to by the Zeno brothers in their narrative could only have been the Venetian rendition of Principe d'Orkney.

Her work on the life of Earl William Sinclair, which she describes as "The Art of Political
Survival", is also worthy of praise because it deals with William's purchase of one third
of all the 'udal'* lands in Orkney and Shetland in order to maintain the Sinclair presence
in the Northern Isles. It will be recallled that he was obliged to hand over the 'jarldom' lands to King James III when the islands were transferred from Norwegian to Scottish sovereignty in 1471 as the 'dowry' of Princess Margaret of Norway.  The islands were deemed to be worth 58,000 florins (24,166.13.4d) which was quite a large sum at the time but, in view
of the discovery of North Sea Oil (which industry is centred on Orkney and Shetland) it
may prove to be the most expensive dowry in history because it has already netted the British Treasury billions of dollars and the cash flow rolls on as more and more oil is pumped from the depths of the North Sea.  Should this be referred to as Sinclair Oil  in view of the
part Earl William Sinclair played in ensuring the smooth transfer of the islands to Scottish rule?

* freehold in the Norse sense.

Niven Sinclair

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