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Re: Gen Arthur St. Clair
Sorry I can't agree with you John. This branch of the Canadian family pronounce
it SIN cler.
A very definite accent on "Sin"!!! (I only married dem sinners!)
John S. Quarterman wrote:
> If Gen. St. Clair grew up in Thurso, as you say, he probably
> pronounced his name Sinkler, as that is the common pronunciation there.
> That is, accent on the first syllable, not on the second as in the
> U.S. and Canadian pronunciation of Sinclair.
> >Dear Hal,
> > A fair and good question below. I thought that I could walk directly to
> >the book in which I read this information but so far no luck. Usually in
> >the middle of the night I will suddenly come up with a solution. I remember
> >being really interested in this bit of information because the story comes
> >down through my line of Sinklers to St. Clairs that my ancestor spoke with
> >Gen. St. Clair when he was in retirement in PA. My St. Clair was in
> >Crawford Co., PA at the time. It is said that Joshua changed the name from
> >Sinkler to St. Clair on the advice of the General who told him it was the
> >original spelling. I see on page 106 of Morrison's History of the Sinclair
> >Family that this story describes the conversation that James St. Clair had
> >with the General. Whether my Joshua had the same conversation or else
> >learned this from James or someone else, who knows but because of this
> >family legend I reread the statement about the spelling and pronuncement of
> >St. Clair wherever I found it. Only our family pronounced it St. Clair.
> > It is possible that the General grew up with the name of Sinclair in
> >Thurso but at some point wanted to change it back to the Norman spelling for
> >accuracy or some other significant reason known now only to him but kept the
> >Sinclair pronunciation. Maybe someone else has come across this information
> >but right now I can't think where I read it.
> >I would be very interested to know what your source is for the comment in
> >> this article that Gen. Arthur St.Clair pronounced his name Sinclair?
> >> Thanks, Hal St.Clair
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