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Re: The "Sword of Peace"
At 22:30 02/11/00 +0000, you wrote:
do you have photos for release of either event?
If so I will post to clansinclair.org without delay.
Thnaks for the genealogical information via
Ian. very helpful - I will pursue Milamba.
We have just got a new springer spaniel puppy
called Jock. He's liver and wjhite and 6 months old. What a rascal. man's
best friend, though.
I do hope that sometime you could visit -
from the sounds of things, you're very busy, but if you need a rest,
please come to stay with us in Aberlour.
I'm afraid Nick (C-S) has sent me a somewhat scathing letter about our
but, at least, he admits our relationship (putative) to the great Sir
John Sinclair of Ulbster.
However, as I pointed out to him, the Lappan Sinclairs do not require any
They are (if anything) far better stock than the Earls of Caithness
although we seem to
have missed out on the brains with which the Ulbsters were so richly
of course, were never Earls of Caithness having been born "out of
knowing how inbred most of the Sinclairs were, might have been their (and
I'm afraid Nick is beyond my tolerance level. I do not know why I
have subsidised him
for so long with a monthly standing order which I should bring to an end
as he performs
no useful purpose except to disagree with everyone and everything.
I lived with
coloured people for most of my life and they still provide over half of
my work force
and, yet, I find Nick quite repellant. He has no attractive
features:physically or mentally.
He goes against the grain.
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- Subject: The "Sword of Peace"
- The "Sword of Peace" was presented by Malcolm Sinclair, the Earl of Caithness, to Benjamin
- Sylliboy, the Grand Chief of the Mi'kmaq Nation in recognition of the welcome which they gave
- to Henry Sinclair when he landed on their shores in 1398 (although we now believe that it may
- have been 1396 and again in 1398) and to the welcome which they have extended to succeeding
- generations of Scots who now call the country Nova Scotia.
- The ceremony was a deeply moving occasion which had (and has) great historical significance
- at a time when there is a great need for a rapprochement between immigrants and the indigenous
- people who have not always been treated with the desired courtesy and sensitivity.
- The presentation redressed this omission.
- The "Sword of Peace" had the work 'peace' inscribed on its blade in 206 different languages
- including Mi'kmaqi and Inuit (Eskimo). It also had the Mi'kmaq symbolism which the three
- Mi'kmaq elders, who had attended the Sinclair Symposium in Orkney in 1997, had identified
- on the Kirkwall Scroll. This scroll, which is believed to be the oldest Masonic document in
- existence and which hangs in the Masonic Lodge in Kirkwall, has been carbon dated to the 14th
- Century and tends to give further proof of the cultural diffusion which has been taking place
- between the Old World and the New World for many centuries - indeed for millennia.
- The "Sword of Peace" also had the Sinclair engrailed cross on its blade and has now pride of
- place in the Mi'kmaq museum as a tangible reminder of the long association which they have
- had with Scotland, in general, and with the Sinclairs, in particular. There is clear evidence of
- genetic infusion as well as cultural diffusion.
- The "Sword of Peace" was specially crafted and designed by Wilkinson Sword of London.
- I am hopeful the contacts, which I have sent by separate e-mail, will be able to provide you with
- suitable film for a news slot.
- A separate but equally newsworthy story is the voyage which Laura Zolo has made from Venice
- via Orkney to the New World in the wake of the Zeno Brothers and Prince Henry Sinclair. This
- intrepid Italian woman has given 'physical expression' to that which we have been talking about
- for years and, in so doing, has gained more real publicity for the 1398 voyage than anything
- which our own somewhat pedestrian efforts have achieved.
- Laura has faced the papal winds of the Mediterranean; the perils of the Bay of Biscay, the Atlantic
- Gales, as she followed the Viking route via Orkney, Shetland, the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland,
- Labrador, Newfoundland and, finally, to the protected inner harbour of Guyborough in Nova Scotia
- where Prince Henry Sinclair had found a similar escape from the storms over 600 years ago.
- Times have changed but the relentless sea remains the same. Laura's little yacht, the "7 Roses"
- would fit into most people's kitchens. I, for one, wouldn't have ventured across a mill-pond in her.
- Laura has spent 9 months replicating an historic voyage which deserves to have its rightful place
- in the history of Venice, Scotland and the New World.
- It is a sad indictment of our failure to give credit to our own heroes that it has been left to the tiny
- figure of a young and beautiful Italian woman to set us an example of courage, determination and
- seamanship of the very highest order.
- Laura is newsworthy. Laura is enchanting. Laura is humble as only those who have had to face
- danger (day in and day out) invariably are. She is a genuine heroine. She deserves her own page
- in history.
- Niven Sinclair