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Patrick Sinclair of Fort Michillimackinac
Yes, you have the right Patrick Sinclair. There is a memorial to him at
the Sinclair gathering will see when they visit Scotland in July this
year. He belongs
to the Ulbster Branch of the family which also produced:
Sir John Sinclair who founded the Department of Agriculture
under William Pitt 'the Younger'
Sir Archibald Sinclair who was Minister of Air in the Churchill
Government during the last war and who became the
1st Viscount Thurso of Ulbster.
The present Viscount Thurso is also called John whilst his brother is
The same names cascade down through the generations.
The Ulbster family are descended from WiIliam Sinclair, the first laird of
Mey (where the
Queen Mother now lives) who was the second son of George II, the 42nd Earl
His elder brother John was said to have been imprisoned by his father in
and was said to have been crushed to death by a visit of the Master in
1572. I have never
believed this story which was spread by the Gordons.
The Ulbsters have always been known as the "able Ulbsters" because they
much academic success - a trait which is usually absent
from Sinclairs. The unifying
characteristic is bad temper (as you have already noted and as these
At one time the Ulbsters were the largest Sinclair landowners in Caithness
(when 80% of
Caithness was owned by 17 Sinclair families) but death duties have eroded
until it is now doubtful if Sinclairs own even 1% of
Caithness Similarily, we are no longer
the most common surname. That claim, according to the last census, goes to
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