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Niven's Word document attachment set off the attachment alerts
that I added after the virus incident of a couple months ago.
More about that in another message. Here I've appended a text
version of his document.
John S. Quarterman <email@example.com>
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Date: Wed, 03 May 2000 11:55:43 +0100
From: Niven Sinclair <email@example.com>
Subject: Genetic genealogy
Some of you may remember my response to Johnnye when she raised the question
of genetic genealogy which, inter alia, read:
"The Sinclairs knew the answer until they allowed
love to enter into the marriage equation. At one
time, they would go back to 'root stock' at every
third generation thereby keeping the bloodline.
"Our subsequent fall from grace and from power tells
its own story".
The attached information concerning the interlocking marriages of the
Caithness adds weight to my belief that there was a deliberate policy of
within a defined group of families who all came from the same basic stock. As
will be seen, this was still in practice in the late 1600s
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE SINCLAIR PROPRIETORS AND WADSETTERS
* * IN CAITHNESS AS IN 1668
George IV (6th Sinclair Earl of Caithness but 44th since the beginning
of the Earldom). He
* * married Mary, the daughter of the Marquis of Argyll
who, on his death
* * married her kinsman, Campbell of Glenorchy.He died
in Thurso Castle
Sir William Sinclair of Mey and Canisby married Margaret, daughter of
the Earl of Seaforth
John Sinclair of Stangergill which was granted to him by his father,
Sinclair of Mey.
John Sinclair of Murkle succeeded to the Earldom of Caithness in
* * also held lands in Orkney as his grandfather, James
Sinclair, had married
* * Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of Robert Stuart, the
Earl of Strathearn and
* * Orkney who was a natural son of King James V.
* * John, himself, married Jean, daughter of William
Sinclair of Dunbeath.
Francis Sinclair of Stirkoke was a natural son ofGeorge III the 5th
Sinclair Earl of Caithness.
* * He married Anne Sinclair, eldest daughter of Patrick
Sinclair of Ulbster.
Patrick Sinclair of Ulbster married Elizabeth McKay
Sir George Sinclair of Bilbster and Clyth married Jean, the daughter
of William Sinclair of Dunbeath.
John Sinclair of Brabster married Elizabeth Sinclair of Ulbster
James Sinclair of Lybster married Katherine Sinclair of Ulbster
John Sinclair of Brims and Ulbster married Janet, daughter of William
Sinclair of Rattar.
George Sinclair of Forss married(1) Jean, daughter of David Sinclair
* * * (2) Mary, daughter of James Sinclair of
John Sinclair, 2nd of Barrock acquired many Estates.He married (1)
Anne, daughter of Robert Sinclair
* * of Durran (2) Janet, daughter of Sir James Dunbar of
Hempriggs.(His mother had
* * also been a Dunbar) so, in effect, he maried his
Sir William Sinclair of Latheron, Dunbeath and Geanies married his
cousin, Elizabeth, daughter of
* * Sir James Sinclair of Mey
Robert Sinclair, 1st of Durran was the third son of Sir James Sinclair
of Mey.Robert married Anne,
* * the youngest daughter of William Sinclair of Rattar.
David Sinclair of Freswick married Barbara, daughter of Sir William
Sinclair of Mey.
William Sinclair, 3rd of Rattar married Elizabeth, daughter of John
Sinclair, 1st of Ulbster.
John Sinclair, 1st of Lybster, married Beatrix Sinclair of the Thura
Branch of the family. *
Lt Col Francis Sinclair of Assery married Anna, daughter of Francis
Sinclair of Stirkoke.
George sinclair of Assery married Isaabel Sinclair of Ulbster.
David Sinclair of Broynach married a daughter (unnamed) ofWilliam
Sinclair of Dun.
George Sinclair of Olrig married Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander
Sinclair of Latheron.
David Sinclair, 2nd of Southdun, married Jean, daughter ofJohn
Sinclair of Ulbster.
Francis Sinclair of Brabsterdorran, 2nd son of William Sinclair of
Southdun married an Elizabeth
* * Sinclair (of uncertain family)
Alexander Sinclair of Auchingale married Beatrice, daughter of George
Sinclair of Lybster.
Alexander Sinclair of Stemster
David Sinclair, 3rd of Dun, married Elizabeth Sinclair, daughter of
John Sinclair of Ulbster
* * (this lady also seems to have married William
Sinclair of Latheron).
The Earldom of Caithness is of great antiquity.A Dungaldus is named as
being Earl of
Caithness in 875 A.D. by Torfeus, Royal Danish Historian, in his
"History of Orkney"
The Sinclairs didn't come into the possession of the Earldom until
1455 but, by that time,
they were well entrenched in the County which they were intent on
keeping 'within the
family'as the above list of interlocking marriages clearly
The maintenance of the 'bloodline' was still of paramount importance
right into the 17th
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