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Re: Patrick Sinclair of Fort Michillimackinac

At 23:26 01/03/00 +1100, you wrote:
Believe me Jenny, Niven is only meaning to encourage you and provide you with more information!  He loves young people being involved and interested in Sinclair history!

Keep at it!
Margaret :)

At 10:43 PM 01/03/2000 , you wrote:

I found your comment a little rough perhaps?
I am still young and constantly learning and wanting to learn more about Sinclair's in New Zealand and the world. I devote a great deal of my time in libraries and archives scanning records.
Just because I am a New Zealander doesn't give me instant knowledge of Sinclairs in New Zealand.

I know so much of the Canterbury settlement because that is the area I have focussed on so far. My own Sinclair line I have found very difficult to trace. New Zealand is a wonderful place to live and I am facinated by it's history but the North Island and the South Island may as well be worlds apart.

I tried to get a copy of St Clair's of the Isles book to read but the one copy was away till later this year.

While I have heard of some of the people you mentioned I haven't heard of others, yet I know of many you didn't mention. Yes there are many Sinclair's in New Zealand. not everyone however is intersted in the history.
I would hope that you did not mean to make me feel inadequate in my knowledge, I am doing my best give me a chance,perhaps I have read your message the wrong way, it s 1am in the lovely land of New Zealand and my mum is having major surgery tomorrow.

I think it would be a very wonderful thing to have a New Zealand Clan Sinclair Association. But I would also love to find my direct line as well.

Incidently, my g, grandfather James Sinclair of Lyttleton, and my nana Beatrice Sinclair of Lyttleton, were both awarded top academic honours at the same School.

Dear Jenny,

I have spent my life encouraging others to take an interest in their family trees because,
as I must have quoted a hundred times in this Discussion List, we are nothing without
our roots.

You believe that your people may have emanated from Lybster or Latheron and, if that
is so, we may be related.  I will be going to Caithness again at the end of this month and,
if you will let me have as much information as you can about your own family, I will look
up the Church records for you.

In the meantime, do not be down-hearted.  I began my interest when I was six years of
age and, seventy years later, I am even more enthusiastic about  Sinclair history. One
is never too old to learn and I have only scratched the surface because with every new
'discovery' other doors open which have taken me across France, Germany, Poland,
Denmark, Norway, Italy and, of course, to Canada and the United States.

Roland St Clair set an example for us all to follow.  If you can't get hold of a copy of the
St Clairs of the Isles, I will send you the relevant pages which deal with eminent
Antipodeans (as he called the people living in NZ and Australia).

Good luck.  The last thing I would ever want to do is to make anyone feel ill-informed
because we are all on a learning curve which lasts throughout the whole of our lives.  If
you have inherited anything of the academic prowess of your great-grandfather and
grandmother, you have a head start on the rest of us - so, as Milamba has said, keep

With apologies

Niven Sinclair

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