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Re: Dr. James Sinclair (veterinary)

At 11:58 21/03/00 -0400, you wrote:
>from "Called Them Blessed"  a book of Cannington, Ontario -
>"......Dr. James Sinclair, another outstanding figure in the community
>throughout his lifetime.  He enjoyed an international reputation as a
>judge of horse flesh.  This took him to fairs, horse shows and
>exhibitions all over America and
>abroad.  Despite his time-consuming travels, Dr. Sinclair managed to
>attend a wide practice, and stories of his loving skill with animals
>continue to be told.  An example of these stories is one which concerns
>a horse which had been "hospitalized" in Dr. Sinclair's barn for some
>time.  Eventually the time came when he felt that he had the animal
>cured.  He sold the horse to Edgar Lambert, explaining the possibility
>that there might be a recurrence of the ailment, and at the same time
>advising him of the action to take in such an event.  Unfortunately,
>recurrence co-incided with the arrival of the threshers.  Anyone who
>remembers my uncle's love of horses (I don't know who was the author of
>this story) will appreciate that nothing less than the confusion
>attendant upon such occasions would have caused him to neglect the
>horse.  The fact that the horse was in trouble went unnoticed, but this
>was an intelligent and resourceful animal,
>he knew where to get help.  He managed to escape from the pasture and to
>find his way the two miles to his kind doctor, but this story has a sad
>ending.  The weakened animal collapsed on the roadside at Dr. Sinclair's
>door, and died before help could reach him."
>Sniff :-(
>"Dr. Sinclair had no family, and his wife never accompanied him on his
>trips. Very early, he commenced the practice of bringing to her on each
>occasion some piece of exquisite china.  The collection became an
>interesting hobby, and when the home was broken up after his death, this
>china was sought with eagerness by every woman in the countryside.
>Today, in many homes, even one piece is a cherished memento of a man who
>was respected by all."
>There is also a photo of him with a beautiful horse standing before his
>lovely house
>at 34 John Street, Cannington.
>   I hope you enjoyed this.   Sometimes we get very caught up in births,
>deaths, and marriages, and forget to research how they lived.  If anyone
>has the family pedigree for this branch of Sinclairs, I'd appreciate
>hearing from you.  I don't know how Dr. James is related to Archibald
>from Islay, but I'd like to find out.  I think he is related to my Neil
>Sinclair, but I can't prove that yet.
>There is another Sinclair from that area that I can't connect.  He was
>Donald, born on the Atlantic Ocean, married Margaret Campbell.  He was a
>farmer and storekeeper in Digby
>when 2 of their children were killed while playing with matches and a
>container of gun-
>powder.  The house was shattered to pieces.  (January, 1870).  In the
>1870 and 71 he was described as a general merchant and tavern keeper of
>the North Star Hotel.  I don't  know where they went after that.
>Toni S.
>  What a lovely story.  It  brought tears to my eyes.  I love horses - having
     been brought up on a farm.  My grandfather, David Sinclair, was 
President of the       Caithness Horse Breeders Association.   He had a 
rare gift with horses.

     My elder brother, another David Sinclair, has a similar gift with 
cattle.  He won
    the Smithfield Championship on three occasions and the King's Cup five 
    in succession.  He was awarded the CBE for services to agriculture.

   Niven Sinclair

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