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Re: Sinclair Dates
At 02:05 29/11/00 -0600, you wrote:
Sinclair Dates: November
In 1779: William 10th Earl of Caithness d.,
In 1530: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey d., Adviser to England's
VIII. Cardinal and statesman who dominated the government of
King Henry VIII from 1515 to 1529. His unpopularity
his downfall, to the anticlerical reaction that was a factor
English Reformation. The immediate cause of Wolsey's fall
was his failure to persuade Pope Clement VII to grant Henry
annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. There had
a party of nobles
more... Tomorrow: November 30.
In 1779: John 11th Earl of Caithness,
son of William 10th Earl.
In 1752: St Andrew's Day Scottish patron saints feast
In 1699: Darien II arrives, The second expedition arrives at
settlement. Finds Thomas Drummond there with two
In 1292: John Baliol, King of Scots, chosen by Edward I of
crowned at Scone.
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The reference to Cardinal Wolsey in "Sinclair Dates" is
relevant to Sinclairs because Sir Patrick Sinclair of Draiden
was the confidantof Henry VIII - so much so that, when they were
conference with eachother, Cadinal Wolsey was required to leave the
Margaret Tudor, the sister of Henry VIII and Queen Dowager and
of Scotland, refers to Sir Patrick Sinclair as he "trusty and true
as he has ever been to my husband, the King" i.e. James IV.
This letter was written in 1520.
She refers to Patrick as "Pet Synglar" and in the
there are many letters written to, by and about him. The notices
quite voluminous and deserve more serious study than they have
to date. One document reads: "Patrick Sinclair and Mr John
nightly with us". Why this close association with the King of
we recall that 600 Sinclairs had recently been killed at the Battle of
(1513) with King James IV, the husband of the above mentioned Margaret
Tudor? (Sir John Sinclair, the father of Sir Patrick Sinclair, was
one of the
King's attendants and also fell at Flodden)
Of course, the King of England, Henry VIII, was the brother of the
Regent of Scotland. Also, at the material time, there were as many
in England as there were in Scotland. Was this why Sir Patrick
chosen to begin the negotiations which eventually led to the Union of
Crowns in 1603 when the James VI of Scotland became James I of
Queen Margaret's letter to her brother, Henry VIII, is a highly
It has been said that the true reason why Henry VIII broke with Rome
be found in the vaults of Rosslyn Chapel. Certainly, the reason for
had little to do with his desire to get rid of his wives but rather
resisted any reform to e.g. the priestly power of absolution, the whole
of enforced confessions, of penances, of the right of every man to read
bible for himself (i.e. in his own language rather than the Latin to
which the bible
had been restricted).
I do wish that some historian would take a closer look at the papers
with Sir Patrick Sinclair. As I have said, they are voluminous and
close scrutiny. The Reformation as well as the Union of the
Crowns was being
hatched at this time.
The new film, "The Prince & the Grail", by Robert Hutt of
Charing Cross Productions
of Halifax, Canada has to be given credit for addressing this particular
Sinclair history although (understandably) they were unaware of the key
played by Patrick Sinclair. This film is due to be screened in
Canada in January 2001.
Thereafter, it should be available as a video.