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Your Swan Query

In respect to your query about SA Sinclairs with the Swan motto a month ago;
I was with Rev John Sinclair of Minnesota on Saturday, who was across here on an ecumenical visit, and we
met with David Mitchell. It is David's Sinclair forbears who have the Swan link. David showed me
photos of the signet ring ( the swan standing with wings half outstretched, with the motto "Fight")
as well as the desk seal with the same swan, this time chained by the neck, with no motto, but
a coronet underneath. If you would like to discuss this further with David he is at
Mark Anderson
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2000 12:06 AM
Subject: Coat of Arms

Talking about coats of arms, has anyone ever gone into Coat of Arms records at the the Lyon Court, located at New Register House in Edinburgh & pulled out all the info on Sinclair?  Or any of the Europe Coat of Arms records?

Spirit One Email wrote:

ummm...perhaps I am mistaken or maybe they never registered their arms, just owned something with a swan on it.???
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2000 4:45 AM
Subject: Swan
 Laurel There is only one Sinclair with arms registered in South Africa. Mr A G Sinclair: Arms: Argent, a cross engrailed Sable charged in the centre with a
crosslet in saltire Argent, in the canton a trowel erect Gules. Crest: A
bagpipe Gules, drones and chanter Sable, embellished Argent. Wreath and
mantling: Sable and Argent. Motto: COMMIT THY WORK TO GOD.

As you will note there is no swan. I do know that on the Melck House, Strand St, Cape Town, a well
carved swan appears on the pediment.

I believe this relates to the Lutheran Church, with which this family were
involved, which is next door. Sorry  I cant' help more with any more details, but may have been a blazonon a signet ring? Mark